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Cable Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 4:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A transcription of Raiders coach Tom Cable’s press briefing with the local media Monday:

Intro: After getting a chance to look at it on tape, my feelings after the game were justified on film. It’s disappointing, it’s a setback, but it’s not going to determine what we are. The most disappointing thing was just coming out and not cutting it loose. I think that, probably more than anything, bothers me on film. But every issue that’s on that film, we’ve been through and probably had it happen already during preseason and have been able to fix it, so we need to be a little more focused, a little more attention to detail, and don’t let this one beat you again. That’s really the big issue.
Q: Any injury updates?

Cable: I’ll do that all on Wednesday.

Q: Tough day for Jason Campbell in his debut, how did he handle adversity?

Cable: You know, he seemed fine on the sideline. I couldn’t tell you in terms of the huddle. He didn’t mismanage anything or anything like that. He was fine. I think he just kind of represented our whole football team, just really not able to turn it loose and play. A little too cautious for all of us, and that’s just unfortunate, especially in your opener, because you really thought you’d go down there and make a statement, and we didn’t do that.

Q: Something with the snap count that allows them to get off the ball so quickly?

Cable: It’s loud. It’s really loud. Maybe they see something, but that’s really kind of that deal in that stadium, if you do your homework, you kind of know they lead the league in false starts and all those kinds of things.

Q: Did you identify any tipping off of the snap?

Cable: That’s a great crowd. Seriously. Guys, if you do your homework, they’ve led the league for years now in opponents’ false starts, pre-snap penalties.

Q: Did you see a change in Jason’s demeanor and confidence?

Cable: No, no, no, no no. Jason’s fine. Just we had a bad day. We’re not going to sit around and overanalyze it or overcook it. We’re going to look at what the issues are and fix it. We feel great about our team. We just really did not play very well yesterday, but the cool thing is you can put your hand on what it is. It’s unfortunate at the same time.
Q: Was Jason gun shy at all after getting sacked a few times?

Cable: No.

Q: How do you fix the protection issues?

Cable: Keep working at it. We’ve got to play better at tackle. That’s the bottom line here. We’ll do that. We’ll keep working at it, putting it together, using different ways to help them. We’ll just coming up with a process to help those two guys with their issues.

Q: Will you keep the same starting line this week?

Cable: I don’t know. We’ll see about all that as we get down the road. There were some positives in that game. We ran the football pretty good and consistently with a nice average. Darren I thought played extremely well when you got a chance to go look at the film. There was some improvement in that area. If you remember in preseason, that was my concern. I didn’t think we were very consistent in running the football, and certainly I think showed up well yesterday. Just their ability to throw and make some chunk plays that we didn’t do.

Q: Jason at one point used the word “flat.” How can a team be flat for the opener?

Cable: I don’t know. I don’t think you can sit around. It’s funny because there’s 16 of us or actually 15 of us today sitting around, wondering the same thing. I’ve looked at a lot of stuff. We’re not the only ones that really kind of feel like we didn’t go out there and get done what we expected to get done. And take your hat off to Tennessee. They’re a good team. They played their tails off, the runner’s good, all those things. Great home-field advantage. All those things. But, no excuses. We didn’t play well enough to win.

Q: Some players talked about nerves being an issue, any evidence of that?

Cable: I know who said that, and I wouldn’t expect that out of a veteran player. I think we were pretty calm. I looked at the young guys, probably took my key from them, and they were not nervous at all and ready to go. Rolando played a fine game, as did Lamar. There were a lot of positives from the guys you might expect to be nervous, so I don’t know that we were nervous.

Q: Do you think in your heart of hearts that this O-line is fixable?

Cable:Yeah, I do. It has to be. I do believe that.

Q: What did you think of Veldheer on film?

Cable: Very competitive. He battled and battled and battled. There were some timing issues with the whole offense, and that starts with the snap. Those are some things to work on.

Q: Some snaps got away – pin those on Veldheer, or were they catchable?

Cable: One was over his head, so that’s definitely on the center. The other one was right on his left thigh, and we just mis-handled it.

Q: Do you regret at all putting a Division II center in that kind of environment as the starter for his first game, and is it possible that exposing him to all that will be a good thing?

Cable: Yes and no on the first part, yes on the second part. How he handled himself was good. You always question yourself when you don’t win, and some of that was part of the issue, for your ability to operate offensively. So yes and no on part I, do I question whether I should have put him in there in that environment. And as for how he did, he battled his tail off.

Q: What will your biggest focus be in the passing game this week?

Cable: Just relax and go play. Just cut it loose. That’s what we are. One thing we know about us is when we just go play fast and cut it loose in any of the three phases, that’s when we’re a good football team. And I think to come out and to not get busy right away kind of set us back, and we kind of took a backseat approach to it rather than being the driver, and that’s what we have to be.

Q: What did this do to the young players’ confidence?

Cable: I doubt it does anything, quite honestly. We’re kind of pissed off, if I can say that. We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves. It’s a setback. It’s part of life, so that’s the way we’re dealing with it. We’re really kind of angry about what happened. We will expect to go back there and win that football game. Just leave it at that. So our confidence isn’t hit at all.

Q: This loss easier than last year’s last-second loss to Chargers?

Cable: Absolutely, but also let’s be realistic. Because as we talked, that’s what we have to, we have to put this behind us. But we’ve gotta learn from it. We’ve got to take so much. At the end of the game last night, or in the locker room, I asked ‘em, bring your notepads and bring an open mind tomorrow, cause we got a lot of work to do. We gotta straighten some things out. And when you see the film, as we talked in the team meeting, when you guys go look at this film, you’re gonna be very shocked and a little bit angry to see yourselves doing things that we used to do. Things we haven’t done all preseason. Things we kind of felt we had moved beyond. And there they are again.

It’s just things, taking your eyes off your man, making the wrong check in a coverage look, making the wrong protection call, taking a shorter drop rather than a five-step drop. Those kinds of fundamental little issues, you put your hands all over it. But we should put it behind us. Cause you can’t do anything about it now, other than learn from it. And it’s not gonna determine whether we win this week as long as we handle it the right way. If we learn from it, take from it what we’re supposed to, then we’ll be fine. Maybe our only setback, who knows? But I know this was a difficult pill to swallow, because we just expect more of ourselves now.

Q: Are you confident that the team from the preseason that wasn’t making those mistakes is the real Raiders?

Cable: Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. That’s a tough place to go and play. We knew it would be, and so we made a kind of a deal about understanding the environment and being able to handle it — the great test on the road and all that. We just didn’t do that part. That’s what it is, but we’re going to have other issues like that down the road. We’ve got to go to Pittsburgh and go to Jacksonville, Denver, Kansas City, and down to San Diego. We’ve got to go to Arizona in a couple of weeks, so we’ll have that same kind of issue. Maybe not as boisterous a crowd if you will, but we’ll have to deal with some of those same things. And so, this can be a great, great deal for us if we use it the right way.

Q: Would you say Sunday was McFadden’s best performance since you’ve been here?

Cable: Yes. Yep, complete game. Quality. Would’ve liked to have maybe seen him come out and hit a homerun. That would’ve made even more complete. But consistently ran it hard, read it right, protected it, caught it, but we’ve already talked about that. When he’s healthy, that’s who he is.

Q: Even during the Chiefs game, his best yardage game, he didn’t have to break tackles and in practice you don’t tackle much. So, how did you know that about him?

Cable: Well I think, you know, we actually tackled more this year in camp than we had in the past, but your point is correct that you don’t do so much that you really know. I think that’s him probably hearing you all question whether or not he’s for real. So, good job by you guys.

Q: Run defense was stout early and then . . .

Cable: Yeah but one run. Like we talked about with them, we can’t take those back. If you could, you’d say ‘Gosh that’s a pretty good day, we’re making progress.’ But you don’t miss a tackle right in the hole and give up a seventy-something yard run. Period, end of story. That’s what it is. It reflects on all of us. It’s not good enough yet.

Q: How do you get Zach more involved in passing offense?

Cable: Again, when you look at the film there’s a lot of guys open all over the place. It’s just in the first two series he was sacked three or four times. You stand back there with those goons chasing you like that and get hit that many times. We have to fix that first. Let him get comfortable.

Q: What happened on Nate Washington TD?

Cable:Came out of coverage.

Q: Any Michael Bush update?

Cable: I’ll let you know on Wednesday. We’ll know all of that.

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  • priesttj

    Mario is at least 330 when he was 315 320 he was much quicker. Now he looks sluggish.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    JT Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:27 pm
    COMMENT

    Every year we hear the headlines about teams making turnarounds and raiders fans wish it was the raiders.

    –The new look Dolphins (few years ago), under Parcells, changed their losing ways.

    –The new look Falcons (2 years ago), under new coach, GM & QB, changed their losing ways.

    –The new look Jets (last year), under new coach & QB, changed their losing ways.

    AND THE RAIDERS?

    They change coaches, players, but its always Same Ol, Same Ol raiders. WHY?

    Because theres one constant that never changes?

    Anybody care to guess what?
    ————————————-
    Al Davis???

    I’ve been saying the same thing for years.

    Amen.

  • Plunketthead

    The uniforms?

  • Plunketthead

    KK’s love for Al?

  • JLofty

    The OLine schemes were BAD yesterday. Lots of blockers trying to get to a man who was ALREADY in backfield blowing up the play/making a tackle.
    I don’t know if its the cheese between ZBS or Power and Cable vs. Jackson but bottom line it was BAD!
    Cable man is gone by the bye.

  • J Hill

    Where was the LB?

    —————————————————

    No where to be found.

    Have to assume they bit hard on the misdirection.

    I was a good play by Tenn is my take on it. Well designed. It was played MUCH better the next time they tried it.

  • Plunketthead

    Flacco has Jamarcusitus

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Campbell looked scared. Couldn’t get the offense lined-up.
    That inexplicable delay of game penalty.
    Couldn’t anticipate or recognize what his WR’s were doing.

  • J Hill

    So no one wants to talk about the sacred Tyvon Branch, huh ????

    LMFAO!

    One person gives up 3 TDs, and we’re talking about the C?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    There were times when Campbell had plenty of time.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    # J Hill Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    So no one wants to talk about the sacred Tyvon Branch, huh ????

    LMFAO!

    One person gives up 3 TDs, and we’re talking about the C?

    ———————

    I mentioned Branch the other day. Dude NEEDS to get better in coverage. He’s a good enough hitter, but he gets burnt too often.

    I can’t believe how many people want to try him out at FS. Every time he gets put there, he’s burnt. He has speed, sure, but speed isn’t everything.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    So no one wants to talk about the sacred Tyvon Branch, huh ????

    LMFAO!

    One person gives up 3 TDs, and we’re talking about the C?
    ——————————–
    I’ll probably re-watch the game tomorrow.

  • TerrapinRaider

    priesttj Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:25 pm
    T’pin

    Peppers works everybody. Maybe you’re right about his armlength but I would at least give him his shot there. This C crap it’ll take him a lot longer IMO to be good there if ever. I could be wrong because the kid is a competitor. But aside from his arms he’s got everything else.

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

    Its to early to call; but lets see some more games. I think Veldheer can dominate at Center actually. His problems were calls and the snap. Although I can’t say with certainty vis a vis the calls. The snap will work itself out rather quickly. He’s immovable over the middle and gets push on the run.

    I do think they pull the gun waaaayy too early though. Didn’t even give him extra practice in the preseason vs Seattle. Thats on Cable’s dumbass.

    He got worked over in too short of a time frame for me to be comfortable crowning him for LT. I could be wrong but red flags are red flags.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    38pts is not all on the defense, offensive 3 & outs with brutal o-line play once again.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    # KoolKell Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    There were times when Campbell had plenty of time.

    —————

    The problem is, the majority of the few times where Campbell escaped pressure, none of the WRs came back to the ball to help him make a play. That’s what happens when your receiving corps is inexperienced.

  • priesttj

    I don’t think Cable is gone nor should he be, but he should be forced to give up input on that Oline. He’s had 4 years to biuld it and it’s worse now than his 1st year. The scheme isn’t working and what makes me sick is we got rid of several good Olineman because they could play in his scheme. If we had those guy’s we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    guess we’ll adress the o-line next year.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    its not the scheme of the o-line, its the personnel.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    The problem is, the majority of the few times where Campbell escaped pressure, none of the WRs came back to the ball to help him make a play. That’s what happens when your receiving corps is inexperienced.
    ————————————–
    True Dat. We can’t see the WR’s on TV. But Cable said there were open guys all over the place.

  • priesttj

    could not play in his scheme.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    # raideredoutL.A. Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    guess we’ll adress the o-line next year.

    ————–

    Maybe. I’m not convinced it’ll happen. And if it does, it’ll need to happen without a first round pick.

    I’d rather see the Raiders trade a bunch of picks for veteran offensive line help. No more “wait and see” with developmental players. It’s time for results.

  • priesttj

    KK there is no way you can cover the speed we have especially with that secondary. He wasn’t looking down field……….period

  • raideredoutL.A.

    i blame the o-line 4 the loss yesterday point blank. it was 2006ish, absolutely no time for the qb, tenn’s d-line looked like they knew the snap count. campbell was rattled 5 mins. into the game and never recovered.

  • lefty12

    Cable said there were plenty of OPEN receivers.How can the WRs be blamed if the QB won’t throw them the damn ball.
    BTW,they had the ball only 2 minutes longer than us and only gained 60 more yards so one would have to blame the def. for giving up 38 pts.

  • TerrapinRaider

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I can’t believe how many people want to try him out at FS. Every time he gets put there, he’s burnt. He has speed, sure, but speed isn’t everything.

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

    Not sure if this is accurate at all. He plays SS damn near all the time right? And he has to be getting burnt in that position if he’s playing it damn near all the time. I’m not sure when I’ve seen him at FS? A single high FS don’t do that much covering per say as a SS may be forced to do with TEs or RBs. They FS monitors what is going on in front on them, make the right read and use their speed and knowledge to get to the right spot for support or to make a play.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    KK there is no way you can cover the speed we have especially with that secondary. He wasn’t looking down field……….period
    ————————————
    You can always cover speed by laying off, or a safety over the top.

  • JT

    KoolKell Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:29 pm
    ————————————-
    Al Davis???

    I’ve been saying the same thing for years.

    Amen.

    Amen to that Koolkel.

    Al Davis is the problem. Anybody knows that. But each year we want to beleive, AGAIN, that maybe Al has changed. But by week 3 or 4, we come back to raider reality:

    Scholarship players.
    No true NFL caliber coach wants to work under Al Davis.
    And lastly, Al Davis Inc talent evaluators, which is dated.

    Solution:
    Easy. Al Davis step aside. Take a cue from your buddy in Washington who hired a GM and Coach, and now are 1-0.

    Al Davis, step aside. Bring in a GM.

    Not going to happen, for sure.

    Go Jets, Chargers, Packers, Colts.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    True Dat. We can’t see the WR’s on TV. But Cable said there were open guys all over the place.

    ————–

    Cable says a lot of things, haha…

    Although Campbell did indeed miss a couple plays, probably because he was more focused on escaping pressure than making a play.

    At this point it’s such a clusterf*ck of things going wrong on offense it’s hard to tell what actually needs to be fixed. There needs to be a veteran presence in the receiving corps, the blocking needs to be better both for the passing game and the running game, and Campbell needs to be willing to take more risks.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    it dosen’t matter who you are, 3 & outs always kill a defense. i’m out.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Watched the game again.
    - Oline blocking schemes looked overly complicated.
    - Branch had the worst game possible.
    - Dmac looked coo
    - If Figurs isn’t cut ima gonna have a heart attack.
    - Campbell was visibly removed.
    - McClain needs to fight through blocks.

    I’ll have some observations later.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    True Dat. We can’t see the WR’s on TV. But Cable said there were open guys all over the place.

    ————–

    Cable says a lot of things, haha…
    ——————————
    Yep, that’s true too.

  • priesttj

    If you watch this game Balt vs the Jets eventhough Flacco’s stats look like garbage and he’s been sacked all you have to do is throw it down there a few times and see what happens. But Flacco just isn’t accurate enough. Jason Campbell I think played a bit too conservative trying to stay healthy and protect the football.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    They FS monitors what is going on in front on them, make the right read and use their speed and knowledge to get to the right spot for support or to make a play.

    ———————

    He sees some time at FS, but not often.

    The problem, though, is that he’s even slower to make his reads than Huff is. Part of that may be inexperience at the position, but he gets burnt by TEs and RBs when he’s at SS, too. He’s just not a coverage guy.

    If the coaches could branch out (no pun intended) defensively and not play eight-in-the-box, man-to-man defense exclusively it would probably help him out. But unfortunately right now he’s WAY better suited to stop the run than he is to defend the pass.

  • J Hill

    Despite all the pressure, hits, TOs etc from Flacco, he still throws the ball DOWN THE FIELD !!!!!

    You CAN’T score checking down all the time!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    You need experience up the middle of your football team:

    QB, Center, MLB, FS.

  • TerrapinRaider

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    They FS monitors what is going on in front on them, make the right read and use their speed and knowledge to get to the right spot for support or to make a play.

    ———————

    He sees some time at FS, but not often.

    The problem, though, is that he’s even slower to make his reads than Huff is. Part of that may be inexperience at the position, but he gets burnt by TEs and RBs when he’s at SS, too. He’s just not a coverage guy.

    If the coaches could branch out (no pun intended) defensively and not play eight-in-the-box, man-to-man defense exclusively it would probably help him out. But unfortunately right now he’s WAY better suited to stop the run than he is to defend the pass.

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

    If this is true why not just play Mitchell? Curious minds would like to know.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    At least Veldheer didn’t get bullrushed like Satele.

    I guess everyone at the next game has to be “very quiet” so we don’t scare the oline.

  • J Hill

    I don’t want to hear about the pressure on our QB!

    We were on the road against a tough defense. What did you expect?

    There was NOT more pressure on JC than there is on Flacco tonight. Flacco does NOT look shook and CONTINUES to throw the ball downfield.

    Difference for Baltimore is there SS isn’t blowing coverages and missing tackles!

  • MistaBr0wn

    And yet they did! Your a genius tj keep posting!

    tj have you reviewed DHB still photos from yesterdays game ?
    ______

    # priesttj Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    KK there is no way you can cover the speed we have especially with that secondary. He wasn’t looking down field……….period

  • TerrapinRaider

    Play MMitchell. Let the guy get in there and knock some heads off. At least if he blows coverages let him blow ‘em in style ..lol.

    Screw coverage …just send him at the QB …knock his ass out the game ‘n’ give us a shot at winnin’

  • MistaBr0wn

    No all Veldheer did was tip the snap count & toss the ball 4 feet over JC’s head 4 times. No biggie!
    _____

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    At least Veldheer didn’t get bullrushed like Satele.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Memo to BSPN: This is not the gawddamn superbowl. Get back to football …wtfs up with the halftime concert.

  • raiderviagra

    are we gonna wait until the season is shot again before we put in gradkowski??, he deserves the start from his performance last year, but hue jackson wasnt there last year so its seems like gradkowski has no credibility, hue jackson is probably think kyle boller (his guy) before gradkowski

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    I like the packages where they have Huff, Branch, and Mitchell all on the field.

    It’s just hard to really gauge how good the defense is when the offense can only manage to be on the field for a few downs at a time.

  • MistaBr0wn

    I see Jano the “hook” Kowski and alligator arms Murphy are still getting a free pass!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Who plays at QB is a shot called by Al Davis, NOT Hue Jackson.

  • Plunketthead

    Memo to BSPN: This is not the gawddamn superbowl. Get back to football …wtfs up with the halftime concert.

    Just show some dancing girls.
    Screw the gay band

  • MistaBr0wn

    Jill I see you were the only one impressed with the O-line yesterday.

    Do you want to repeat again tonight how this O-line is clearly better that last years?

    Your words not mine…

  • big pep

    cable does not belong i the n.f.l. did he really say that there are 15 other teams wondering the same thing. no one and i mean no one looked as bad as we did. and he has the nerve to say that kind of stuff. we were warned about j.c. and his dump off passes he tends to do. i now see what redskin fans were talkn bout. that slide when he needed 10 for a 1st, said it all for me this guy sucs. cable sucs. o-line sucs.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    At rookie C is gonna have his mistakes. No doubt. However, the potential is much better. As Qb Campbell could do a hard count to help his Center. That was bad analysis be the staff.