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Cable Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, August 29th, 2010 at 7:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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

    Gallery is our best lineman, but that does not a pro-bowler make; he is better than the worst rated O-lineman in the entire league (Henderson). He is better than the revolving cast of misfits at pivot (Groves, Satele, Morris, Veldheer. He is better than the “washed up 3 years ago but he still manages to start for us…” (Cooper Carlisle), and he may be better than Langston Walker, but he is certainly better than the wife beating Cornbread Green.

  • J Hill

    Disagree with your lineup Dakota.

    Running Downs

    LDE Seymour/Houston
    DT Kelly Henderson
    RDE Shaugnessy/Houston

    Passing Downs

    RDE Wimbley
    LDE Scott
    DTs Kelly Seymour

    Oh, and Trevor Scott SUCKS as a WLB. Thomas Howard needs to play that spot!

  • 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

    The plays that really bothered me from the game (other than the two times McFadden was handed the ball and a 49er was unblocked to greet him) was the time Walker was playing LT and was spinning in circles looking for someone to block and then running along side the 49 to the QB instead of blocking the guy….get your friggin eyes checked!

    Then the play where McClain ran all the way around the right side of the d-line while the RB went right up the middle and McClain’s body language was even saying “Oh sheet, I messed that up!”

    lol

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

    WTF? meant to post this:

    The plays that really bothered me from the game (other than the two times McFadden was handed the ball and a 49er was unblocked to greet him) was the time Walker was playing LT and was spinning in circles looking for someone to block and then running along side the 49 to the QB instead of blocking the guy….get your friggin eyes checked!

    Then the play where McClain ran all the way around the right side of the d-line while the RB went right up the middle and McClain’s body language was even saying “Oh sheet, I messed that up!”

    lol

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

    Jhill,

    But what if they decide to run on a passing down? Do you really want Scott and Wimbley at DE?

    Scott has proven that even the Raiders o-line could block him on running plays when he plays DE lol.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Trevor Scott SUCKS as a WLB. Thomas Howard needs to play that spot!

    ***

    Jhill: both guys are awful against the run, but Scott is the better pass rusher – and he’s cheaper

  • The Big Banana

    # Raider O Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    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!
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    Huh? Gallery is a good guard. A bust at LT? Yes, I’ll give you that. But an average guard? Inaccurate.

  • RaiderRockstar

    UFL’s Nighthawks sign Maurice Clarett

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    no love for Lamont Jordan?

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Falcons haven’t made rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon an official starter just yet.

    ***

    Raider O, you listening?

  • inonewordraider

    the score was 14 to 17 at halftime and when it was still 1′s vs 1′s we were leading yet everyone is acting like we were dominated.

  • The Big Banana

    no love for Lamont Jordan?

    =====================================================
    Poor sap is probably still holding out for an NFL gig. Some team with injuries, desperate for a RB.

  • edward teach

    Good God, Fatt Kidd. If we want to read Florio’s entire blog we’ll go there.

  • RaiderRockstar

    DeAngelo Williams was running on Saturday night behind the first team offensive line, and he only put up 13 yards on nine carries.

    ***

    oh snap!

    DMAC has company …

  • The Big Banana

    # inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    the score was 14 to 17 at halftime and when it was still 1’s vs 1’s we were leading yet everyone is acting like we were dominated.

    ========================================================

    Fans will be fans. They say they don’t care about the preseason, then act like the sky is falling when the team loses a glorified scrimmage. And all the whiner fans are probably elated right now that they beat us in the preseason. Whippee! Freaks!

  • inonewordraider

    Were more talented than the Colts or the Saints but with those qb’s they can score every possesion so the D is fresh, can take risks, and only has to stop you a couple times a game. Our O with guys like Campbell Reece, DMAC, Bush, DHB, Murphy, Miller is young, talented and full of hard workers so they can get to that point. Our D at full strength will be top flight. Now if only Cable could coach up that OL….

  • Just Fire Baby

    Watching the replay in parts right now.

    Man that John Henderson is pretty dang good against the run, and pretty damn worthless rushing the passer.

    As one dimensional as it gets!!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    When other teams start talking about Gallery, then I will believe the hype. As it stands he’s a 2nd overall pick that gets called for offsides and holding as much as the 6 rounders. He’s a bust, he is no Wisnewski, not even close to Minnesota’s Hutch, the best in the game.

  • CJ Legend 34

    I don’t know about being more talented than the Saints or the Colts. Maybe the Colts minus the QB but the Saints are a pretty talented team and are more similar to our players except Drew Breeze is the best baby, he makes that ship go! Now the Colts do a way better job of executing then we do right now. Both of these teams the talent shows up on film.
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    inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 9:49 am
    Were more talented than the Colts or the Saints but with those qb’s they can score every possesion so the D is fresh, can take risks, and only has to stop you a couple times a game. Our O with guys like Campbell Reece, DMAC, Bush, DHB, Murphy, Miller is young, talented and full of hard workers so they can get to that point. Our D at full strength will be top flight. Now if only Cable could coach up that OL….

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    John Henderson got pushed back on every play I saw him on the field. Tommy Kelly did a good job on the 2nd & inches, 3rd & 1, Nedney missed FG, series.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Talent is being able to do what others can’t. If when you say we are more talented than the colts & saints you mean we are capable of loosing 10+ games 7 years in a row, then I agree with you.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    My Pre-Season 53

    (3) QB – J.Campbell(8)/Gradkowski(5)/Boller(7)
    
(3) RB – Bush(29)/D.Mcfadden(20)/Bennett(32)
    
(2) FB – Reece(45)/Cartwright(25)
    
(5) WR – Murphy(18)/Heyward-Bey(85)/Shillens(81)/Higgins(15)/Ford(12)

    
(3) TE – Z. Miller(80)/Stewart(86)/Meyers(83)

    (2) LT – B.Campbell(74)/M.Henderson(75)
    (2) LG – Gallery(76)/Carlisle(66)

    (2) C – Veldheer(68)/Satele(64)

    (2) RG – Walker(70)/Morris(51)

    (2) RT – Barnes(69)/Pears(72)

    (4) DT – Seymour(92)/Kelly(93)/J.Henderson(79)/Bryant(90)
    
(4) DE – Houston(99)/Shaughnessy(77)/Richardson(98)/Cooper(78)
    (3) MLB- McClain(55)/R.Brown(57)/Goethel(48)

    (4) OLB- Scott(91)/Wimbley(96)/Groves(52)/Howard(53)
    (5) CB – Asomugha(21)/C.Johnson(37)/Routt(26)/W.McFadden(22)/Ware(23)

    (4) S – Branch(33)/Mitchell(34)/Huff(24)/S.Brown(27)

    (1) K – Janikowski(11)

    (1) P – Lechler(9)
    
(1) LS – Condo(59)

    Practice Squad:
    RB: Manase Tonga(41)
    WR: Nick Miller(89)

    FS: Jerome Boyd(30)
    DE: Alex Daniels(71)
    DT: Kellen Heard(67)
    OG: Alex Parsons(65)
    OG: Allen Smith
    
K: Swayze Waters(1)

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

    Thank you for mentioning that Walker play Dakota, I was just screaming at the TV, he was running at Campbell staring him down, all the while with a 49er DE right beside him, who eventually passed him and laid out Campbell. Turn around and BLOCK someone you stupid basterd…

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    The Walker play when Campbell hurt his wrist? Reece enganged a LB, and Walker decided to observe that engagement instead of blocking the DE who demolished the QB. Reminded me of the Youtube college guard that stood still during a whole play.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Sam Williams must have made at least 3 special teams tackles , including hammering a guy once.

    Can’t imagine him getting cut.

  • Ryan

    Frank Gore dominated the Raiders on back-to-back plays, then the took him out.

    V Davis didn’t play.

    Crabtree didn’t play.

    SF missed a field goal and didn’t make it on 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1 with Gore on the sidelines.

    I felt really good after the first two games, but SF is a much better team on D and rushing O then the Raiders have seen so far.

    It was definately a step back this weekend. Chris Johnson just needs to watch the Frank Gore plays and the Forte run to learn all he needs to learn about the Raiders run D.

    The same concerns from the last 7 years are still there. OL and run D.

    I did like how good the Raiders red zone O looks and their passing game.

    I hope the reason the Raiders didn’t look good after the great opening drive, is they went vanilla since they play them again. The Seattle game may be the same thing.

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

    We have more talent than the Colts or Saints, excluding the qbs?

    Oh man, lol, I don’t know about that.

    I’d love for Brees or Manning to play for us this year to see if you are right though!

  • Kirk

    Just finished watching the game on TIVO.

    Gradkowski really is better than Campbell. He hit everybody in the numbers, but our receivers kept dropping the ball. The only problem is with our offensive line, Gradkowski is going to get killed.

  • inonewordraider

    Brees or Manning would take our D over theirs and our RB’s over theirs, WR talent pretty close

  • fat kidd

    if your a die hard raiders fan pray they cut d mcfadden and pick up a decent rb ,if they dont go too the window and jump cause it will be a another disappointing year .

  • J Hill

    Week 1 will not be close JFB!

    I can feel you shakin in your boots.

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

    Another big difference, other than the QBs, between the Saints/Colts and the Raiders is coaching. They have good coaching staffs, we have:

    Tom Cable who is only qualified to coach an o-line…

    Sanjay Lal who seems to be teaching DHB to try and catch with his belly button or nipples…

    Marshall, who generally has a horrible run D…

    Fassell who took a very good special teams unit and turned it into a very bad special teams unit…

  • J Hill

    Chris Johnson just needs to watch the Frank Gore plays and the Forte run to learn all he needs to learn about the Raiders run D.

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    Desmond Bryant will not be in there to get ran over like he did on ALL of those runs. Seymour will have that clogged up.

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    inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:11 am
    Brees or Manning would take our D over theirs and our RB’s over theirs, WR talent pretty close
    ______________________

    WR talent is pretty close? I am sorry but I would trade our WRs for either of those sets of WRs in a heartbeat. Not even close.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Luke Lawton or Sam Williams will make it, if not both

  • J Hill

    Have to imagine at least ONE of the OTs lost their job this weekend.

  • Kirk

    V should start at left offensive tackle. Campbell should start at guard, and Henderson should be moved to the right side tackle.

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    fat kidd Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    if your a die hard raiders fan pray they cut d mcfadden and pick up a decent rb ,if they dont go too the window and jump cause it will be a another disappointing year .
    _________________

    Yeah, if we would just cut McFadden all our problems would be solved! Jezuz this has got to be the dumbest thing said in here since someone compared Tom Cable to John Madden.

  • inonewordraider

    DHB Murphy Miller vs

    Colston Meecham Schockey vs

    Wayne Gonzalez Clark

    obviously the Saints and Colts Wr’s are farther along but I’d argue our Corps can be just as good and would be with Brees or Manning at the healm. I beleive man for man our D and Rb’s are more talented

  • RaiderRockstar

    the blueprint to beat the Raider is simple – same as last year …

    run the ball & stop the run

    Raye bested Marshall on Saturday. on doubt he watched our first 2 preseason games and saw us trashing QB’s left & right, then saw Forte’s long TD run.

    so the Raiders wanted to attack the QB and the 49ers ran the ball down our throats instead. we went on our heels and then they were able to run or pass at will

    memories of the past 7 seasons run rampant in my mind

    if you’re soft in the middle of both lines, you simply aren’t going to win many football games – period

  • inonewordraider

    Sanjay Lal who seems to be teaching DHB to try and catch with his belly button or nipples…

    HA!

  • fat kidd

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:20 am
    fat kidd Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    if your a die hard raiders fan pray they cut d mcfadden and pick up a decent rb ,if they dont go too the window and jump cause it will be a another disappointing year .
    _________________

    Yeah, if we would just cut McFadden all our problems would be solved! Jezuz this has got to be the dumbest thing said in here since someone compared Tom Cable to John Madden.

    ………….the two dumbest things said in here jamarcus russell is going to take us too the superbowl and dmac is going to have a bust out year!!!

  • morilla

    watching DMac run makes me nervous. He gets in space and everything looks great but then comes first contact or a strong breeze and he goes down. He hasn’t changed, the guy is a wuss.

  • Ryan

    Desmond Bryant will not be in there to get ran over like he did on ALL of those runs. Seymour will have that clogged up.

    ——————————————————

    Until Seymour takes a play off, or gets double teamed.
    I like McClain, but he needs to grow up quick and learn to be in right place.

    OL and Run D are still broke (but getting better)

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    inonewordraider Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:22 am
    DHB Murphy Miller vs

    Colston Meecham Schockey vs

    Wayne Gonzalez Clark

    obviously the Saints and Colts Wr’s are farther along but I’d argue our Corps can be just as good and would be with Brees or Manning at the healm. _____________________

    No way, after one game in which Murphy and DHB dropped 4 of Manning’s passes, Manning would call his daddy and demand a trade.

  • fat kidd

    anyone who doesnt want to cut dmac cause they already bought his jersey mail it too me and i will sew a #2 on it so you can be mcfadden 22.

  • Nnamdi21

    J Hill Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:16 am
    Chris Johnson just needs to watch the Frank Gore plays and the Forte run to learn all he needs to learn about the Raiders run D.

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    Desmond Bryant will not be in there to get ran over like he did on ALL of those runs. Seymour will have that clogged up.

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    Desmond Bryant has had an EXCELLENT pre season until his hyper extended elbow.

    McClain’s the culprit on those long runs. He looks hesitant and over runs the play on occasion. Bryants been a real surprise and again looked very very good…

  • RaiderRockstar

    strongly disagree, Bryant = hot garbage

    McClain = rookie mistakes, but he better improve soon!

  • Nnamdi21

    Kirk Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:20 am
    V should start at left offensive tackle. Campbell should start at guard, and Henderson should be moved to the right side tackle.

    ======================

    Doubt they flip flop this late in the pre but you never know. Hendu’s never played RT that I know of but seriously, can’t think of very many LT’s who can contain a speedy LB like LaBoy every time without help.

    B Campbell runs hot and cold. Needs technique especially in protection. Occasionally gets beat off ball, pads not low enough, gets on skates and can’t anchor. Walked right back into the QB.

    Other times he locks on and dominates.

    Saw him pull the other night and it was impressive.

    He could be good, but it’ll take more than one pre season.

  • Nnamdi21

    397. Thats ok RR. Just throw the games in and watch. Bryants been very effective especially against the run. Makin plays behind the LOS.

    Yeah McClain seems like he’s not flyin to the ball afraid to make mistakes and has that fraction 8th of sec delay.

    He’ll learn…fast hopefully!

  • J Hill

    Iupati is on McClain on those back to back runs from Gore. Iupati simply chipped Bryant and released to McClain. Bryant needs to occupy Iupati to clog up that play. Iupati is a beast though, so it’s no surprise to me that he took Bryant to school.