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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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  • Nnamdi21

    Peace owt Nation!~

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    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:29 am
    strongly disagree, Bryant = hot garbage

    McClain = rookie mistakes, but he better improve soon!
    ____________

    McClain could be the second coming of Ray Lewis, but as long as the opponent’s oline can release a guard to put a helmet on him we are not going to stop the run. I saw two plays where the DTs (Kelly and Bryant I think) were handled with single coverage and McClain was then sent packing by who I thought was Iupati or whatever his name is…

    McClain doesn’t shed blocks well (sound familiar?) so it is critical that the DTs occupy the interior o-line and force the opponent to try and block McClain with a FB. Hopefully that will be the case with Henderson getting more playing time or with Seymour demanding more respect than Kelly or Bryant.

  • J Hill

    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.

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    #66 is Carlisle not Bruce Campbell.

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

    Jhill, I think we are talking about the same stuff lol.

  • fat kidd

    prediction =nfl defensive player of the year D.Mccfadden for stopping the run!!!!!!!

  • J Hill

    McClain is playing slow. Seems like he is thinking instead of reacting. Waiting to see him read a play and shoot a gap!

  • RaiderRockstar

    so … does anybody remember when I said that JAX will have a better run defense than OAK this year?

    everybody scoffed, due to Morrison/McClain

    I hope somebody printed that!

  • J Hill

    Our secondary is really good.

    Watching the game now Dakota. Specifically to see Bryant and I just saw those 2 plays.

  • BigLefty

    McClain will be a good LB! He will make mistakes.

    BUT… If you are going to make them, be aggressive not tentative On both long runs he looked like he wasn’t sure which gap he was going to fill and just danced around.

    K Wimbley can’t cover a tight end! did you see how excited Alex Smith got when saw KW in man on man coverage. Couldn’t call the audible on the line of scrimmage fast enough

    Wimbley and Scott are passing down DE’s nothing more!

    Bring in Thomas Howard … Bring in Ricky Brown …Bring in Slade Norris … I don’t care Hell bring in Chuck Norris

  • J Hill

    Huff lays BIG HIT to dislodge ball from WR.

    Why hasn’t that got as much press as hit hit on Gore?

    By the way, that was a HELLUVA hit Huff layed on Gore. Most RBs go down hard on that. Gore is a man!

  • J Hill

    DMac’s 1st dn catch called back by Murhphy.

    That play is every DMac supporters dream!

    Damn U Murphy!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Routt got ran over by Gore on that long run and nobody wants to talk about it?

    just Huff?

    Hmmm… must either be a ton of MM fans in here or CJ37 haters

  • raiderzmaverick

    It really worries me what the coaches think about Mcfadden. He ran “really hard” between the tackles. He had 8 runs for a cumulative of 0 yards and one run for 9 yards outside. That kind of production (which he’s had since he’s been here never averaging 4 yards per carry) is NOT what we need.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t care Hell bring in Chuck Norris

    ***

    PASS

  • J Hill

    DHB, Murphy, Chaz ….

    Really looking for a 4th and 5th WR.

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    Sad!

    Especially since one of the top 3 is about to go on IR.

    Time for a trade!

  • J Hill

    We need to go get Roy Williams from Dallas!

  • J Hill

    Julian Eddleman from NE!

  • J Hill

    TJ HousYourMama from Seattle!

  • Ryan

    Huff did have a nice shoulder block on Gore, but he launched him into a flailing Route who helped Gore keep his balance.

    The next play (I think) had Route blitz only to have Gore run right up the middle. Route could have at least tried to trip him up from behind but he missed.

  • Nnamdi21

    J Hill Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:35 am
    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.

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    #66 is Carlisle not Bruce Campbell.

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

    I don’t even know what you’re trying to say here…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: I’d settle for Crayton from Dallas

    he doubles as a return man and is much cheaper. wouldn’t take much to get him either (5th-6th rounder?)

  • Just Fire Baby

    Best part of the game was the Tommy Kelly interview.

    He lost 35 pounds by running and switching from chili dogs to cheeseburgers!!

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:44 am
    Routt got ran over by Gore on that long run and nobody wants to talk about it?

    just Huff?

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

    I’m hoping they were slacking cuz its pre season but yeah, pizz poor tackling all around there…

  • BigLefty

    Hey Rockstar

    He’s in great shape for 70

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jhill,

    Like the trash talk, but not fearing nothing with my squad.

    MJD and Deangelo Williams?? With Ricky Williams to boot?

    Championship!!

  • Nnamdi21

    413. Translation: I never saw the game.

  • Nnamdi21

    402. McClain doesn’t shed blocks well

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    Wrong.

  • J Hill

    Best part of the game was the Tommy Kelly interview.

    He lost 35 pounds by running and switching from chili dogs to cheeseburgers!!

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    Wifey and I were crackin up

    “No mo cheeleh dawgs ….”

    Like h im even more now, lol!

  • J Hill

    Jhill: I’d settle for Crayton from Dallas

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    Not good enough.

  • inonewordraider

    If Cable can make our OL solid sky’s the limit, if not Boller will get some playing time

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    raiderzmaverick Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:45 am
    It really worries me what the coaches think about Mcfadden. He ran “really hard” between the tackles. He had 8 runs for a cumulative of 0 yards and one run for 9 yards outside. That kind of production (which he’s had since he’s been here never averaging 4 yards per carry) is NOT what we need.
    __________________

    You shouldn’t just look at a box score. If you had watched the game you would have seen that on the two carries where McFadden lost yards there was a 49er left unblocked and in the backfield with him.

  • J Hill

    With Ricky Williams to boot?

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    Brown is healthy and Marshall in on that sqaud now. Williams will get morphed by Benson if you dare start him at the flex position.

    My team is LOADED !!!!!

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    Nnamdi21 Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:58 am
    402. McClain doesn’t shed blocks well

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    Wrong.
    __________

    I’ll take Charlie Casserly’s and Mike Iupati’s word over yours lol.

  • J Hill

    I can’t believe how you FFL didn’t take Raider players, lol!

    It’s going to make my thrashing of you guys even sweeter!

  • NoMoreFargasForever

    When Tommy Kelly starts dominating games than I’ll like him, until then lotta bs hype , glad in 3 yr of big contract you started working hard not the first.

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    J Hill Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 11:06 am
    I can’t believe how you FFL didn’t take Raider players, lol!

    It’s going to make my thrashing of you guys even sweeter!
    _______________

    I thought about taking Chaz with my last pick, then decided to go with Kevin Walter.

  • inonewordraider

    How good was our draft class this year? is Ware the only guy out of 8 not making the team?
    -Houston and Mcfadden are impressive
    -Mcclain is solid and will continue to improve
    -Veldheer, and Campbell will be starters by next year
    -Goethel and Brown are good for depth

  • DirtyRaccoon

    Mornin Dakota, nmff, Inone, Nnamdie, J Hill, NATION!

  • BigLefty

    I thought they would take one of DHB’s thumbs for Bush

    He has 10 of them

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can’t believe how you FFL didn’t take Raider players

    ***

    Jhill: Nick Miller is still available

    have at it bro :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    DHB has 10 thumbs?

    LOL!

    ouch Lefty …

  • J Hill

    Cooper Carlisle 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.

  • J Hill

    Jhill: Nick Miller is still available

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    I have DHB, Jason Campbell, Jano, and the Raiders D.

    I think I’m well represented!

  • fat kidd

    bush just needs too stick his thumb in his mouth and suck on it ,it makes your teeth crooked but it helps it heal sooner!!!

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    # Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:58 am
    402. McClain doesn’t shed blocks well

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    Wrong.
    __________

    I’ll take Charlie Casserly’s and Mike Iupati’s word over yours lol.
    ………..

    Charlie Casserly? You mean the unemployed guy? If his opinion is so valid, why is not on an NFL staff.

    Could it be because he gets more wrong than right?

  • J Hill

    Top of the mornin’ to ya DR!

  • J Hill

    RRS,

    Forgot to suggest child care as a home business wifey can get into.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I can’t believe how you FFL didn’t take Raider players, lol!

    It’s going to make my thrashing of you guys even sweeter!

    *******************************

    I was going to take Bruce, but Plunkett beat me to it.

    Was looking at Lou Murphy but realized he had the same week 10 bye that 2 of my other WR’s had, so went with Roy Williams.

    Maybe I will pick up Michael Bennett once D-Mac gets hurt.

  • fat kidd

    trade dmac for __________?

  • J Hill

    I was going to take Bruce

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    Why would you want the bacup QB?