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Cable Q&A

A transcript of Raiders coach Tom Cable’s conference call with Bay Area media Sunday evening, starting with injury updates:

Cable: (Chaz) Schilens with the knee, obviously, it’s going to be a three to six week issue for us. Satele will be ready to go back to work tomorrow. (Michael) Bush fractured his left thumb and will need a procedure on it, and whether or not that keeps him out remains to be seen.

Jason Campbell suffered a stinger, and after the X-rays, that does not appear to be too serious. We just need to rehab it and make sure he is ready to go. He also fell on his right wrist, and we’ll need to see more on that in the coming days. Chris Johnson will be able to go back to work. Thomas with a concussion, that will be day to day obviously. Desmond Bryant hyperextended an elbow and that will be a day-to-day issue as well. Richardson will not be ready to play on Thursday night. And Alex Daniels will probably not be ready to play on Thursday night.

Q: What is the bigger deal with Campbell, stinger or wrist?

Cable: Right now, I guess it’s the wrist.

Q: Did it happen on the same play?

Cable: It happened on the series before.

Q: Is there a chance Bush is back for the opener?

Cable: Yes, there is a good chance. There will be a procedure done tomorrow to repair it and then we will know more after that.

Q: How about Chaz for the opener?

Cable:I would say it’s questionable.

Q: Are you getting an MRI on Jason’s wrist?

Cable: We did all that today.

Q: Will Satele reclaim his starting job tomorrow?

Cable: I want to look at it. There were some things from last night’s game that I was not pleased with but there were also a lot of good things at the center position. I think the fact that Samson is ready to go is the most important thing right now.

Q: Did Gradkowski solidify his No. 2 status?

Cable: He definitely showed himself well and strengthened our football team at the quarterback position.

Q: But you’re not ready to say he is the backup?

Cable: Well, I think he is. I never said he wasn’t.

Q: Do you think the nature of camp practices resulted in poor tackling last night?

Cable: Oh no. No. No. We’re fine that way. That isn’t our issue.

Q: So, what is the issue with the tackling?

Cable: Well, I’d like to see us wrap up when we tackle. That was probably the biggest negative that took away from the game. I was very disappointed in our kick coverage teams. Those two things, we got to play better. And offensive tackle. Those three things, you can put your hand on those pretty clear.

Q: Is Mario Henderson’s job secure?

Cable: Well, everyone has got to continue to improve and all that. I don’t see any reason for him not to. My feeling on it right now is that he’s not unlike anybody else. He’s got to get better.

Q: Do you have a clue who your punt returner is going to be?

Cable: I felt like we were getting closer to that. I don’t know after last night that it’s any clearer than it was before but I’ve got an idea.

Q: Would Bush have to switch to carrying the ball in his right hand all the time if he needs a cast?

Cable: I don’t think it’s a cast issue, from what I’ve been told. It will certainly have to be protected, but I don’t believe it’s going to be a cast.

Q: Veldheer at center only this week or moving back and forth?

Cable: He’ll move back and forth.

Q: What did you think of Veldheer’s play?

Cable: I saw a guy playing center for the first time in this league. You got to learn where to put his helmet a little bit more consistently. When he did, it was pretty good stuff. So, there’s a lot to grow on. It was actually a pretty good effort by him.

Q: Considering you were 20-for-30 with five or six drops, does that many on-target passes indicate the timing of your passing game is well ahead of last year?

Cable: More important, the fact that we’ve had so many guys in and out, with Chaz out, Louis had a time out, Darrius had a time out. It bodes well for the direction we’re heading. It speaks volume for how far we’re ahead of where we’ve been in the past, no question. But, if you look at those drops, we still got to get our hands on third down. We were pretty good last week in Chicago , and then last night we dropped off again. So, there’s a direct correlation to us having success and how we are as a football team on third down. You can say the same thing on defense. We weren’t very good on third down last night.

Q: Is Reece blocking well enough to be considered a legitimate starting candidate?

Cable: Well, I’ll say this: He just continues to get better. That’s the thing that he’s shown us is that, from one week to the next he’s going out and improving on whatever his negatives were from the week before. It’s starting to show up more and more that this guy, you can coach him, he’ll take it and he’ll go get it again. I certainly think that he’s really showing himself the right way.

Q: His dimension as a receiver is something the other fullbacks really can’t offer . . .

Cable: That’s a true statement.

Q: How would you rate your receivers?

Cable: Well, I think there is some opportunity out there that we didn’t take advantage of, I mean a few drops. But I thought the group as a whole, would like to see more happen there at the end. We had a chance to really win the game even though there was just a little bit of time left and we didn’t get it done so… I think overall, I think the group is moving forward the right way. I’d just like to see a couple of more guys step up.

Q: Is there a need to add another receiver with Chaz out 3-6 weeks. Maybe Coles or Bryant?

Cable: We haven’t had any of those kind of discussions at this point. Right now, we’re more focused on our group and trying to find, really that fourth and fifth receiver. I think that’s really key for us right now.

Q: You said you’d know more about Thomas Howard after this game. What did you learn about him last night?

Cable: I thought the guy did some things better than he had in the two previous weeks. I think that in the right role, he can really help us, so we’ll see.

Q: Stanford Routt has been playing a lot — still a competitor with Chris Johnson as starter?

Cable: I don’t think there’s any question. I think Stanford has had a tremendous opportunity presented to him and, you know with the injury to Chris Johnson, Stanford has certainly taken the opportunity and done well with it.

Q: Tom, what did you see out of Darren McFadden last night?

Cable: I saw explosive play, I saw a guy run hard and in between the tackles. You know, it’s nice to get him back. You know it’s good for him to get his first action. I’ve said all along that when he’s healthy, I think he’s very important to what we’re trying to do.

Q: Talk about how Chris Cooper and Quentin Groves played last night.

Cable: You know, I think Chris Cooper is a consistent guy who shows up, you know does things right. Played the boot well a couple of times, rushed the passer well a couple of times, and disrupted the pocket. And Groves showed up a couple of times as a linebacker playing some pass defense, when rushing the passer, hurried the quarterback twice.

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  • Thec07

    fat kidd Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 8:43 am
    confucius say =fatty was right

    ++++++++++++

    Spiller is a talent no doubt, However we had bigger neds than a RB. Both our trenches were in disarray.
    Spiller as good as he is would not be able to run on our right side…

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    HAHA. who asks a NT to cover a TE ???
    ________

    last year they had gerard warren playing centerfield coverage against denver. Marshall caught a pass infront of him and scored before warren could take a step. Only Al draws crazy stuff like that.

  • Thec07

    I didn’t notice that. are you serious?

    HAHA. who asks a NT to cover a TE ???

    +++++++++++++++==

    It was TK, he dropped back in coverage, Had that been VDAVIS that would have been a TD….

    Just another experiment….

  • bcz24

    Spiller is a 10-15 touch change of pace running back. Dont base your opinion of him on what he is doing in the preseason, when freddie jackson and marshawn lynch are both injured and not playing at all.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I know my prev pos said players, but I want to add Cable to that list.

    Fire Cable Now!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Throw all the small-school talk out the door. Niners left guard Mike Iupati is as NFL-ready as any rookie offensive lineman in the league.

    Just ask Raiders coach Tom Cable, who went out of his way to congratulate Iupati after the 49ers’ 28-24 victory over the Raiders in Saturday night’s exhibition game at the Coliseum.

    “He’s going to be a good one,” said Cable, a former Idaho offensive lineman, just like Iupati.

    Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore agrees, citing the monstrous hole Iupati forged on his 49-yard carry up the middle on his first touch of the preseason.

    Iupati chip blocked a defensive tackle, charged upfield and wiped a linebacker out of the way as Gore sprinted up and away.

    It’s the sort of hit-and-run combination of strength at the line of scrimmage and speed downfield that’s allowing Iupati, all 331 pounds of him, to make the instant transition into the NFL.

    So much for the notion No. 17 overall is too high a spot to draft a guard.

    “It’s getting a lot better,” Iupati said. “From when I first got out here, I didn’t even look like a football player.”

    So, what advice did Cable give Iupati after their postgame man-hug?

    “He said to work hard. It’s going to be a long season, so take care of your body,” Iupati said. “I really like the guy.”

    -David White (SF Gate)

    ***

    who wanted us to draft this guy ???

  • Thec07

    bcz24 Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 8:50 am
    Spiller is a 10-15 touch change of pace running back. Dont base your opinion of him on what he is doing in the preseason, when freddie jackson and marshawn lynch are both injured and not playing at all.

    ++++++++++++++++=

    That may be to start but Spiller is the truth….
    He is a maker tat will need to be on the field.
    He is bettrer than both Jackson, and Lynch…IMHO…

  • Thec07

    who wanted us to draft this guy ???

    ++++++++++++

    not you…. you were saying draft spiller….

  • RaiderRockstar

    not you…. you were saying draft spiller….

    ***

    Thec: I hope you’re joking

    I wanted a tackle, offensive or defensive

  • fat kidd

    bcz24 Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 8:50 am
    Spiller is a 10-15 touch change of pace running back. Dont base your opinion of him on what he is doing in the preseason, when freddie jackson and marshawn lynch are both injured and not playing at all.

    …………………….fred jackson and marshawn lynnch are on the roster till buffalo can see what spiller can do then one of them is gone.

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    Tom Cable needs to be further demoted from Assistant o-line coach/Timeout Coordinator to just Assistant O-line Coach. Let’s stop that charade of him being the head coach and let Cable focus on the one thing he is supposed to be good at-the o-line.

  • Thec07

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 8:56 am
    not you…. you were saying draft spiller….

    ***

    Thec: I hope you’re joking

    I wanted a tackle, offensive or defensive

    +++++++++++++===

    Of course i am kidding we have you on record Bro….

  • J Hill

    who wanted us to draft this guy ???

    ——————————————————

    Another thing I was right about!

  • fat kidd

    we could have got spiller first round and a quality linebacker in a trade or second round pick

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    Hey, were has MLonetree been lately?

    Hope he has been taking his heart meds….

  • Thec07

    Gotta go its been fun however, work calls…
    Will lurk in ltr…

    1 NATION…

  • edward teach

    Iupati also got away with some pretty blatant holds in that game. He got called for a couple in their previous game, and Singletary actually got in his face on the sideline after one play where he was holding and didn’t get called for it. They had Singletary miked up for the game; “You need to stop holding out there.”

    I watched him play more than a few times in college, and that is what he does. We’ll see if he can overcome that, because he’ll need to.

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    *where*

  • J Hill

    Iupati was DESTROYING Bryant!

    Things settled down once BIG John got in there!

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    RRRRAAAAAAIIIIIDDDDEEEERRRRRSSSSSSSS!!!!

  • bcz24

    I had this argument with a dumb Bills fan this morning when he tried to compare Spiller to CJ2K. You guys dont think there is a reason he NEVER had more than 20 touches at Clemson? Spiller is a game changer that needs to be on the field… much like Darren Sproles… for 15 plays a game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    you guys have ALL earned the right to trash me for my pre-rank picks if the run defense holds up this year with Seymour/Kelly/Bryant in the middle

    so far, I’m sticking to what I said both pre & post draft: the run defense still sucks and Routt is still a liability in coverage

    we’ll find out when we start playing some games that matter

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    I still think our D-line should consist of Matt S/Houston RDE, Kelly 3 tech, Henderson NT, and Seymour at LDE.

    I hope playing two 3 techs at DT on a regular basis works out, but I seriously doubt it.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Keep Cable as HC, but let him be more invovled in coaching the OL, hire a new STs coach, and let Hue and Marshall manage/ Coach their units.

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    # Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Gallery is certainly a Bust as the #2 overall franchise solidifying LT he was touted as…

    ….average LG though!

    Didn’t quite resurrect his career along the lines of Lincoln Kennedy, but at least he isn’t horrible.
    ==============================================

    Sometimes I wonder what you guys watch. Rob Gallery is a dominant NFL lineman. The reason he didn’t go to the pro bowl is because our team sucked. How many Detroit and St. Louis linemen went to the pro bowl? Notice that in both the preseason and last season our offense moves when he is in there. When he isn’t, we don’t go anywhere.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I still think our D-line should consist of Matt S/Houston RDE, Kelly 3 tech, Henderson NT, and Seymour at LDE.

    I hope playing two 3 techs at DT on a regular basis works out, but I seriously doubt it.

    ***

    Agreed

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    Watching that Niner game really opened my eyes to how far behind our lines are. Somehow, the Raiders’ redzone defense is always stout and their wheel routes and screens kept the offense moving; but both of the lines were completely outclassed out there Saturday night. The D-line was just painful to watch, especially early on against the Niner starters, they were overwhelmed, a sea of white, red and brown would completely overtake them on every dam running play. Then our offense would take the field and get absolutely no push running the ball. The protection was decent on average, but they were constantly allowing Willis and LaBoy to get into the backfield untouched all night. Veldheer still has a lot to learn about playing Center and Henderson is NOT a starting-caliber left tackle.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Veldheer still has a lot to learn about playing Center and Henderson is NOT a starting-caliber left tackle.

    ***

    Agreed

    good morning BBB

  • bcz24

    I still think our D-line should consist of Matt S/Houston RDE, Kelly 3 tech, Henderson NT, and Seymour at LDE.

    I hope playing two 3 techs at DT on a regular basis works out, but I seriously doubt it.

    ***
    Yeah and the bulldozer they borrowed from the ground crew in the middle to at least redirect the run outside.

  • fat kidd

    ya either put mike bennett into run with the first team or you give d. mcfadden steroid injections into those lady gaga legs.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    morning RRS

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    Gallery is a dominant NFL lineman?

    LMAO

    Funny stuff. After failing at both tackle positions he has been an okay LG. Dominant is stretching it quite a bit. Steve Wisniewski was a dominant NFL lineman….Gallery is no such thing.

    Wisniewski didn’t play on a lot of great Raider teams, but he managed to make the pro bowl 8 times.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    Every game that we play with McFadden as our primary back, will not be pretty. This O-line will get him killed…

  • RaiderRockstar

    it’s hard to evaluate talent in a soft, learning intensive camp. especially with the linemen

    Henderson-Gallery-Satele-Carlisle-Walker

    vs.

    Shaughnessy-Seymour-Kelly-Houston

    might be REALLY good in camp, with one unit besting the other every 2nd & 4th snap

    then when we face an actual NFL team with real linemen and we need to tackle guys to the ground it doesn’t work out so well

  • J Hill

    Our Dline rotation will be fine with Henderson moving up to no less than #3 in to rotation.

  • http://atm Raider O

    The DL needs Seymour. He is one of the best DL in the league.
    Pay and give him a LT contract. We need him!

  • J Hill

    Steve Wisniewski was a dominant NFL lineman….Gallery is no such thing.

    ——————————————————-

    Exactly.

    Gallery will have some dominant plays during the game, but will offset those with missed blocks (or unexpected hand offs if you like that better) or stupid penalties.

    Dominant????

    Hilarious stuff!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Gallery is a BUST!!
    He is not even that good at playing G!!

    We passed on a lot of PB talent in one of the best drafts in the history of the game to end up with an avg G!

  • http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae336/r8eray/ad/family08016.jpg r8eray

    The Raiders have plans to make something of Veldheer. Cable was geeked when he found out he was still available in the 3rd round! He is a talented kid and has potential in pretty much anything you plug him in!

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    Since Seymour didn’t play I don’t think it is time to panic about the run D yet.

    I am more concerned with McClain being out of position several times and other times not being able to shed blocks and with Huff being unable to tackle to stop the big plays.

    I wish our base defense consisted of a d-line of:

    RDE: Matt S./Houston
    DT: Kelly
    NT: Henderson
    LDE: Seymour

    with Mitchell in at FS or SS and Huff on the bench

    and then on obvious passing downs:

    RDE: Matt S.
    DT: Seymour
    NT: Kelly
    LDE: Houston

    with Huff back on the field

  • http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae336/r8eray/ad/family08016.jpg r8eray

    Gallery is coming off back surgery! It will take him time to be 100%. Before the injury last year, he was actually pretty good…

  • RaiderRockstar

    in 5 years with 3 Super Bowl rings, Gallery & Huff will both retire and wait for an enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Get Over it!

  • SaintKaufman

    Q. Coach Cable, are you here right now?

    Cable. Well, I can tell you that I see this as an opportunity for me to get better, you know, to push through that and to continue to work towards that.

    Q. Uh, what? So, you ARE here?

    Cable. I didn’t say that. We’ll just continue to look at it and continue to work on that.

    Q. (gun to head)…is your name Tom Cable?

    Cable. That hasn’t been determined yet. We’ll go back, look at the film, continue to work on it and continue to push to where we want to get to.

    bang

  • fat kidd

    d.mcfadden should be on the island of misfit toys as a running back who cant run.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I’m not worried about our DL. Seymour & TK with Big John & Bryant (on passing downs) in rotation us a solid DL.

    TK is playing well.

  • RaiderRockstar

    #340 Dakota, seemed obvious to me as well

  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_04kZGR_ltmE/TB4fQEZq4aI/AAAAAAAAH1U/H_ihQYOECNo/s1600/Kobe-Bryant-Lakers-W Dakota

    LMAO,

    good one Saint!

    It really is a waste of time to even read what Cable says.

  • RaiderRockstar

    It really is a waste of time to even read what Cable says.

    ***

    he likes to say “obviously”

  • http://atm Raider O

    ROFLMAO Saint!!

  • SaintKaufman

    Holy crapballs! I couldn’t even finish the article.

    Watched the game again last night, thought McClain was showing his hand a little too early and the RB was just going the other way.