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Cable Q&A

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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  • MistaBr0wn

    tj where were you lastnight after the loss?

    You come in here today commenting on B-More, geez what a set of balls you have they must be the size of a bee bee!

  • J Hill

    Lookie here …

    Mrs Brown woke up from her nap to come in and try and learn the game.

    Tell us again how the Oline of Henderson-Morris-Satele-Carlisle-Green is better than what we have this year again?

  • LhayeS37

    do you think it was cables idea to put the rookie at center?no.BLITZING?AL DAVIS DOES NOT BLITZ,OK?TACKLING?THEY DON’T TACKLE IN PRACTICE,THAT MAKES SENSE HUH?THE SIMPLEST DEFENSIVE SCHEME IN THE NFL.WAY TOO MUCH MAN,NOT NEAR ENOUGH ZONE.YOU HAVE MCFADDEN AND YET NO WILDCAT.TOTALLY STUPID.HUE JACKSON SAYS JUST THROW DEEP EVERY PLAY OK?HEYWARD BEY IS A PANSIE ASS MO FO,NOT A REAL MAN.WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY.AL DAVIS CAN GO TO HELL….I COULD DO A BETTER JOB RUNNING THE TEAM FROM THE 330 WHERE I LIVE,LET ALONE IN OAKTOWN.AL DAVIS WAS A GENIUS NOW HE IS THE WORST OWNER/COACH IN SPORTS.BLACKOUTBLACKOUT-RAMS D-LINE WILL CAUSE TROUBLE,THEN THEY GEY DARNELL DOCKETT IN 2 WEEKS….THIS WEEKS GAME IS LIKE A PLAYOFF GAME.THEY LOSE THIS ONE THE SEASON IS LONG GONE AFTER 2 WEEKS.KEEP THE FAITH IF YOU WANT,BUT I’M STICKING TO MY GUNS-ANOTHER LOST YEAR

  • big pep

    this team sucs top to bottom at every position except punting, but shane gets more practice than anyone on this team cause of our O.

  • J Hill

    Mrs Brown …

    Have you had a chance to catch the replay of that OVERTHROW to Murphy?

    Did you have your glasses on this time?

    LMFAO at alligator arms take.

    Why don’t you go back to bed for a few years!

  • MistaBr0wn

    Jill, are you really going to lecture me about the game after you said lastnight and I quote:

    “This years O-line is better than last years”

    Really?

  • LhayeS37

    HEY AL DAVIS I USED TO LOVE YOU MAN.NOW I HATE YOU LIKE I HATE LEBRON THE WEASEL JAMES,AND ALL NEO CON PUKES………

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Chris Carr looks good in coverage tonight…

  • J Hill

    Mrs Brown …

    You do realize Jacheckdown has been in the league at least 5 years, right?

    I know you are still learning the game, but gawd damn lady!

    Last year, you wanted Russell to start the whole season.

    Now you want to see more from Jacheckdown????

    Why don’t you take a class or something, or find yourself a boyfriend who can narrate the game for you?

    Just a thought.

  • LhayeS37

    GOOD THING THEY DON’T PLAY THE RAVENS

  • MistaBr0wn

    Jill your a stooge just like your idol tj.

    That play in the end zone where Murphy didnt go fight for the ball is not a play where Murphy had alligator arms. Rewind the pre-season and all of last year. He is afraid to go over the middle, he drops alot of catchable balls. Sadly he is our best WR but he is inconsistent and has no sack to go over the middle.

    The end

  • LhayeS37

    PUT GRADS IN TILL HE GETS KILLED BY OUR O-LINE,THEN PUT THE MOBILE STIFF BACK IN….

  • J Hill

    “This years O-line is better than last years”

    Really?

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    So that’s a YES, you do still like Morris, Satele, and Green in the starting lineup?

    Cmon Mrs Brown … You can’t be serious?!?!?!

  • CJ Legend 34

    Lets talk about the real deal! The big @$$ elephant at the party that no one wants to talk about. Please fire Mario Henderson’s slow @$$ before he gets a QB killed!!!

    Why is he still starting?

  • CJ Legend 34

    Also who the freak starts a divison 2 rookie at center who never played center in college and he is going aginst pros in the NFL? Are you freakin insane?????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • big pep

    WHEN I WAS TOLD BY SOME OF MY COWORKERS AND FRIENDS THAT THEY THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA BE BETTER, CAUSE OF OUR PRESEASON I DIDNT BUY THAT B.S. WE ALWAYS WIN IN PRE, AND TOTALLY BLOW WHEN IT MATTERS. MOST OF ALL IVE NEVER BEEN SO PISSED OFF AT A COACH AS I AM WITH CABLE. HE TRIES TO BLOW SMOKE UP IN YOU, AND THAT PISSES ME OFF.

  • LhayeS37

    NONE OF THE WRS EXCEPT SCHILLENS WILL GO OVER THE MIDDLE,ESPECIALLY HEYWARD BEY THE 10 MILLION $ TRANSVESTITE

  • LhayeS37

    DON’T BLAME CABLE.WHO THE HELL WOULD HAVE HIRED HIM EXCEPT FOR THE CLOWN WHO OWNS THIS FRANCHISE

  • J Hill

    That play in the end zone where Murphy didnt go fight for the ball is not a play where Murphy had alligator arms.

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    Mrs Brown …

    Do you even know that you’re talking about?

    Why don’t you leave the football talk to the fellas?

    Do you know what alligator arms are?

    Your example is the throw into the end zone where Griffin went UNDERNEATH to GET A HAND ON THE BALL???

    Hmmmm … my bad, lol.

    And most of us thought you’re alligator arm reference would be to the throw over the middle where the idiot announcer said Murphy should have put both hands up.

    You know the one I ASKED you about?

  • big pep

    SCHILLENS SUCS TOO, HE CANT GO ACROSS THE MIDDLE CAUSE HIS FRAGILE TAIL IS ALWAYS BROKE.

  • Kirk

    We have the biggest O line in the league.

    We need to run on almost every down.

  • MistaBr0wn

    Tenn was coming across the line with a full head of steam as the ball was snapped. No O-lineman is going to stop that. Of course Mario looked slow. Tenn knew the snap count. He had no chance!

    Did you goons watch the game?

  • MistaBr0wn

    Jill has her panties in a knot. She doesn’t like being made a fool of!

  • J Hill

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Lets talk about the real deal! The big @$$ elephant at the party that no one wants to talk about.

    ——————————————————-

    Hmmmm …

    Seems to me like not too many people want to talk about the 3 TDs Branch PERSONALLY gave up.

    Don’t know if there is a bigger elephant in the room!

  • LhayeS37

    THE SNAP COUNT TROUBLE IS ON JACKSON AND OF COURSE ALVA THE DOPE

  • big pep

    I AGREE, CABLE BELONGS COACHING 1-A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL OR 7 ON 7 FLAG FOOTBALL.

  • djohnnyg

    “you really thought you’d go down there and make a statement, and we didn’t do that.”
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    Yes you did make a statement. The statement is “We suck”!

  • LhayeS37

    BECAUSE AL SAID PLAY THE ROOKIE

  • J Hill

    Did you goons watch the game?

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    Mrs Brown is getting nervous, lol.

    Went with the goons take.

    You brutes! Take it easy!

    Women and children in the building!

  • big pep

    I THOUGHT TENN WAS OFF SIDES ON MANY PLAYS, I KEPT REWINDING THE PLAYS AND THOSE FOOLS JUST KNEW THE SNAP COUNT. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

  • djohnnyg

    Screw Rex Ryan and his over-confident bravado and bluster.

    Ravens are shoving down their throats. Chew on that fat man. And be careful not to lose your false teeth you vulgar speech using mother f’er.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Wow J hIll! did not see the game had no idea he gave up three TDs. If we could get 80% of this team to play consistent we would not have thwese problems. This team loves to shoot it self in the foot.
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    J Hill Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Lets talk about the real deal! The big @$$ elephant at the party that no one wants to talk about.

    ——————————————————-

    Hmmmm …

    Seems to me like not too many people want to talk about the 3 TDs Branch PERSONALLY gave up.

    Don’t know if there is a bigger elephant in the room!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Also who the freak starts a divison 2 rookie at center who never played center in college and he is going aginst pros in the NFL? Are you freakin insane?????????????????????????????????????????????????
    —————————————–
    I just cannot understand that either.

    If Satele’s that bad, it should have been addressed in the off-season.

  • djohnnyg

    “Seems to me like not too many people want to talk about the 3 TDs Branch PERSONALLY gave up.”
    ——————
    Yes, but he apologized on Twitter to the Raider Nation. Isn’t that good enough?

  • djohnnyg

    I could see Al going for Joe Flacco. “He’s a great QB. Get over it!” You know, a QB that really isn’t any good but he picks him up anyway?

  • kidseven

    Earl Campbell is a great QB. Get over it!

  • kidseven

    Speaking of Earl, I wonder if JC should have special tear-away jerseys made since most of the DL is going to grabbing at him before he can set his feet this season. Or maybe he should just preemptively wear a neck brace.

  • kidseven

    Now that the losing has started it might be a good idea if the assistant coaches started wearing neck braces preemptively as well in case Cable snaps.

  • Captain Mudslide & the Dingle Berry Posse

    Cable = goon

  • Hot Shot

    Cables a han puppet plain a simple.Our major problems are not the players its al dumd a## Davis always has been always will be.nuff said

  • Hot Shot

    You can get all the prowl bowl players from the pro bowl team to play for us and we would still suck with Al davis 1970 play calling and his fat monkey coaching the o-ine.We would still be a joke.

  • Hot Shot

    Raiders play calling.Even a cave man is not that stupid.

  • olinesux

    I still haven’t seen Mario hendersons name on the waiver wire

  • olinesux

    The center wasn’t a problem the dam$ tackles bite….

  • edward teach

    “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.”

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

    The difference is that Flacco not only has time to throw, but he has a great group of receivers to throw to. Boldin, Mason and Houshmenzadeh on the outside, Todd Heap at TE and Rice out of the backfield. Mike Bush has good hands, Zach is solid and Dmac seems better now that he’s healthy but our wideouts don’t threaten anybody right now. Flacco threw some balls up for grabs tonight, but he has the guys that can go get it, which is something I’ve been saying we need for quite awhile now.

    I’m not minimizing the contribution the o-line has to make, but some of those balls Flacco threw tonight were off his back foot with people in his face. Campbell’s not going to do that because we don’t have anybody that can make those catches right now.

  • daraider09

    I guess the Chargers are a terrible team based on everyone’s sound fundamental reasoning: they just allowed a 60 yrd TD run by a great running back. Does that make them terrible too?

    Raiders really did a decent job on 26 of Chris Johnson’s 27 carries. I know they all count, but people keep saying how bad they played: barring 1 mistake they held him to 70 yrds total…pretty good IMO.

  • RaiderRetribution

    DaRaider I completely agree, it was the raiders offensive line that cost us the game, they block half way decent, at halftime, CJ has 12 carries for 36 yards.

  • daraider09

    The offensive line is solely responsible for the loss, not the defense, or wide receivers, or running backs as so many peopl who panic try to blame.

    If you cant block the other team, you will never know what you have.
    I almost feel like they need to do what the Titans do; stick with the run. maybe with 10 more attempts, McFadden breaks the homerun if we stick with it throughout the game. We need to pass using the play action, because our traditional drop back passing game is pitiful since they cant protect.

    I say a stead dose of running plays, a little shuffling of the o-line and a little better work on defense and focus and we win next weekend.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I think Mario gets demoted to second string, but not cut

  • daraider09

    OMG we are going to go 1-5 in our division at this rate: swept by cheifs and chargers and split with denver…wow