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By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 4:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News, notes and observations Wednesday from Raiders coach Tom Cable and the open locker room session:

– Reading between the lines, it looks like the most significant injury this week belongs to left guard Robert Gallery, one of several players to miss practice as the Raiders prepared to face the St. Louis Rams.

Actually, you didn’t have to read between the lines quite as much, because Cable deviated slightly from recent policy and provided some details.

“He’s got a pretty good strain,’’ Cable said. “This is one of those things we’ll see in 48 to 72 hours and see where he’s at. Fortunately, those guys on the line of scrimmage, if they worked on Friday, they could play on Sunday.’’

The fact that the Raiders released Yamon Figurs and signed an offensive lineman is an indication they’re preparing for Gallery being inactive.

– Quarterback Jason Campbell became the second player in two days (Zach Miller was the other) to suggest the Raiders may have been “overconfident,’’ remarkable considering their record over the last seven years.

“That game taught us a lot because we were getting some good press clippings, and this game here, I think it pretty much humbled our team and made us get back to know what we have to do to get where we want to go,’’ Campbell said. “We have to go out there and earn it. We have to fight for what we want.’’

How is it possible the Raiders could be overconfident? In a way they’re no different from much of the fan base which thought they had a winner and now are willing to sell their beloved team for a nickel after a bad opener.

“Human nature, you know?,’’ Cable said. “It’s easy to change the mood or the attitude of a human being. All you have to do is give them some sugar and they’re sweet and happy. Talk about ‘em bad for two minutes and they think the world’s coming to an end.

“We haven’t done anything for us to say, `We’re all that.’ We think we’re headed in the right direction, but it comes down to winning and achieving.’’

– Those who didn’t practice included Gallery, WR Chaz Schilens (knee), CB Nnamdi Asomugha (groin), LB Travis Goethel (lower back), DT Richard Seymour (hamstring), CB Walter McFadden (hamstring), CB Chris Johnson (stinger) and S Hiram Eugene (hamstring).

Running back Michael Bush practiced without limiations, as did safety Michael Huff (knee) and defensive tackle Desmond Bryant (elbow).

That’s a good sign for Bush, although he’d still have to be cleared medically to play in a game 20 days after surgery.

Cable wasn’t going to get caught up in a discussion about splitting the carries between McFadden and Bush, figuring there will be plenty for both.

“I just think we get those two guys going and go play,’’ Cable said. “I don’t think it matters who goes out first or any of that. I just think, let’s get to work. We need ‘em both and they need to play a lot.’’

Asomugha’s groin strain has been an off and on thing the past two years. On most days, he’s still being stretched as practice begins.

– Cable warned that all the Raiders ills have not been caused by the offensive line.

“Let’s not dump on that group,’’ Cable said. “I mean, that would be stupidity by all of us. We ran the ball with some consistency. We’ve got to clean up the sacks early in the first two drives. We do that, you look at it and say, `What, that really isn’t that bad for them.’

But because of that issue on the first two drives, it’s not aceeptable. I’d like to see us run the ball and continue to run the ball on that pace and improve from there, because I think we’ll be pretty good at that.’’

– The Raiders had two sacks against Tennessee but Cable thought the Raiders pass rush was negated more by game circumstances than by anything the Titans did.

Quarterback Vince Young was 13 of 17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and Cable counted seven bootlegs _ meaning there were only a handful of passes to get a true pass rush.

“We didn’t make them throw the football enough to sit around and say, `Let’s evaluate the pass rush,’’ Cable said.

The Rams and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford should offer more opportunities to rush the passer. Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, threw 55 passes in his debut, completing 32 for 53 for 253 yards.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo pointed out the figure was inflated by a pair of two-minute drills late in the game where Bradford threw 19 passes _ two more than Young threw the entire game against Oakland.

– Bradford has never been to the Coliseum, but said running back Steven Jackson told him what to expect. Jackson played in the Coliseum on Dec. 17, 2006, rushing for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 20-0 win.

“He said it’s actually pretty fun,’’ Bradford said by conference call. “He said it’s a nasty crowd, they’re violent, they yell at you. But those are the types of crowds that make it enjoyable to play. I’m looking forward to the challenge.’’

– Cable on the release of Figurs one game after he returned both kickoffs and punts.

“We just felt we needed to take care of our team right now,’’ Cable said. “We felt like when we did it there was a chance that would happen.’’

Huh?

So the Raiders didn’t think Figurs was good enough to be around for Week 2, but that he was still their best bet to return kicks in Week 1?

If Higgins and Ford struggle, at some point the Raiders will have to get around to Nick Miller.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    please tell me you at least considered the name “Tatum”

    ***

    I’m too young man. I never got to see Jack play in live games. just those Commitment to Excellence and 3 Super Bowl set DVD’s I got for Christmas one year

    don’t care for that as a first name … and you know wifey had some say :P

  • LA to TheBay

    Deep within the bowels of the Legion of Doom (Oakland Raiders Headquarters – Alameda, CA), the Supreme Commander of the Silver & Black is verbally castrating his Head Coach, Tom Cable, over his decision to cut Kick and Punt Return Specialist Yamon Figurs…..

    Al: You’re going to do what??

    Cable: Sir, Yamon has to go, he just can’t hang on to the ball.

    Al: He has explosiveness, Todd. He has the ability to stretch the field and make the Big Play! Just get the young man some Stick Em.

    Cable: Mr. Davis, Stick Em has been banned for thir–

    Al(into intercom): Herrera, where are my cheeseburgers??

    Herrera (from intercom): I’m in the drive through now, sir.

    Al (into intercom): I value your Commitment to Excellence, John.

    Herrera (from intercom): Sir, I can’t tell you how much that means to me. You know, ever since bringing me on board, you’ve really been like a father to me. I remember my dad used to drink pretty heavily and well–

    Click.

    Al (to Cable): Listen, Sable, your job is on the line here… if you don’t get me a return man pronto, I’ve got Hugh Jackman ready to replace you. He would at least know that Figurs’ 40 yard dash time of (flipping through papers) four-point-three is blazing speed. BLAZING. He’s no Bo Jackson, but…

    Cable: Mr. Davis, Ford ran a four-two-eight.

    Al: (inaudible)

    Cable: Mr. Davis, are you OK?

    Al: Yes, of course, I am. I just need to be changed now. I had almost forgotten about that 40 of his. Ok, Tim, you’ll have your way. Ok to cut Figurs and put Kobe Ford back there.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Cable did have a hella good Oline with atlanta. I had forgotten about that. I think Atlanta was best in the NFL for rushing those 3 years. hummmmmmmmm

  • J Hill

    In two weeks we’ll be 2-1 and all this negativity will come to an end…maybe!

    ——————————————————

    I wouldn’t call it negativity, I’d say disappointment.

    The last thing I wanted to see WEEK ONE was “same ole Raiders”. I mean, from the opening kickoff, we’rent you on pins and needles because of the Yamon Figurs decision? Think about this, lol …. Jeff Fisher won the coin flip and couldn’t wait to defer so he could get the ball in Figurs hands.

  • RNOraiderFan

    The LBs coach where I coach has a little one named Tatum. The kid is only 3 years old and he is aleways on the field trying to tackle our players.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I would rather have Kirk still on the team and wish we would of drafted a Olinemen

    ***

    guys we could have drafted, but passed on:

    Round 1

    Davis, Iupati, Pouncey, Bulaga, Williams, Saffold

    Round 2

    Beadles, Joseph, Cody, Ducasse, Brown, Asamoah

    Round 3

    Jerry, Walton, McCoy, Johnson, Griffen, Sharpton

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    RR, we wern’t ready, I understand after 4 games in the preseason we sould have ironed out all our defects.

    I read a blog (can’t remember where) but the NE Pats lost big on the opening game vs Bills the year they won the SB!
    0-2 was their starting record and finished 11-5!

  • DMAC

    Morning Peoples!

  • DMAC

    It’s about time we give Jacoby his shot.

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

    # RNOraiderFan Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    The LBs coach where I coach has a little one named Tatum. The kid is only 3 years old and he is aleways on the field trying to tackle our players.
    _______________
    Get ‘Em Tater!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I understand after 4 games in the preseason we sould have ironed out all our defects.

    I read a blog (can’t remember where) but the NE Pats lost big on the opening game vs Bills the year they won the SB!
    0-2 was their starting record and finished 11-5!

    ***

    thanks for the Kool-Aid splash brother!

    refreshing :)

  • aig-raiders

    J Hill Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:16 am
    We should have beat Tenn!

    They are not that good.

    Turnovers, penalties, bad QB play, bad S play.

    Shoot, we woulda lost to da lambs last week the way we played.
    —————-

    Seriously? they finished 8-2 last year and they the best RB in the league plus one of the most elusive QB to tackle. One year before they led the league in wins. Give them some credit will ya.

  • DMAC

    Kirk is gone fellas.
    Get over it!

  • Male Cheerleader

    Its about time Jacoby got his shot????…wtf?…whup!….kids been in Oakland what a couple months?….lol…whup!!! Saints goin down on MNF! whup!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Later gents, going to the park and shoot some hoops!

    ;)

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:19 am
    Raccoon,

    I offered to special rush order the new must-read children books from BO and the first lady, but got crickets from the future father and the semi-pro’s.

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

    Uhh prop because it is from BO, and the the First Lady.

    Just a guess.

    Very nice offer though.

  • inonewordraider

    Figurs was Fassells boy toy and Al basically bitc# slapped Fassell by cutting him

  • RaiderRockstar

    LUNCH!

  • DMAC

    Hey cheerleader,
    Is this you giving the thumbs up after giving the entire team a blow job?
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1233/1236238623_b37a6e6298.jpg

  • big chill

    if yall don’t remember who hires the coaches MR AL DAVIS, so if it’s coaching problems he is the man to blame just like everything else thats wrong with the team, the problem is the players know that the coaches have no authority so they will do and play anyway they want because they don’t care what the coaches say al davis will over rule everything

  • The Big Banana

    # inonewordraider Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Figurs was Fassells boy toy and Al basically bitc# slapped Fassell by cutting him

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

    Cut Fassell!

  • inonewordraider

    we deserve to be pissed, our team didn’t even compete

  • DMAC

    Cut Luke!

  • DMAC

    Cut “stiff armed” Eugene!

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

    Hue – What The Fudge was with that JLH pass to J-Camp?

    Please tell me this is not the best you could come up with….

    RUN THE BALL! We were getting good yardage on the ground vs. the Tight-uns.

  • DMAC

    And the list goes on and on and on………………..

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:20 am
    good morning Dirty

    how u doing today man ???

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

    I am well. You? Where is O, and 4Eva?

  • Just Fire Baby

    When Luke is eligible to come back, do we bring him on the 53?

    And than who do we cut?

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

    # DMAC Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    And the list goes on and on and on………………..
    ___________________
    Cut Pears! oh wait……

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

    # Male Cheerleader Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Its about time Jacoby got his shot????…wtf?…whup!….kids been in Oakland what a couple months?….lol…whup!!! Saints goin down on MNF! whup!
    ____________________________
    You are right MC, because Alex Smith is a wwaaaaayyyyy better QB than Drew Whatsisname!

    Still gotta’ do something about those hiccups tho’. Try drinking a glass of water backwards.

  • DMAC

    Heres the list of free agent O-linemen again. Just in case some of you missed it, just like Cable did. I undestand that Pears knows the sysstem already, but it doesn’t make any sense to bring someone back who can’t get the job done.

    OFFENSIVE LINEMAN :
    * Kevin Mawae – Titans
    * Jake Grove – Dolphins
    * Mike Gandy – Cardinals
    * Justin Hartwig – Steelers
    * Ikechuku Ndukwe – Chiefs
    * Jon Jansen – Lions
    * Kynan Forney – Jaguars
    * Levi Jones – Redskins
    * Orlando Pace – Bears
    * Nick Leckey – Saints
    * Brett Romberg – Falcons
    * Chris White – Texans
    * Paul McQuistan – Jaguars
    * Jamar Nesbit – Saints
    * Cory Procter – Dolphins (Re-Signed)
    * Chris Morris – Raiders
    * Tutan Reyes – Texans
    * Damion McIntosh – Seahawks
    * Mike Goff – Chiefs
    * Michael Toudouze – Titans
    * Donald Thomas – Dolphins
    * Allen Barbre – Packers
    * Mansfield Wrotto – Seahawks
    * Kendall Simmons – Bills
    * Guy Whimper – Giants
    * Kirk Chambers – Bills
    * Fenuki Tupou – Eagles
    * Darnell Stapleton – Patriots
    * Arron Sears – Buccaneers
    * Kyle Calloway – Bills
    * Randy Thomas – Dolphins
    * Josh Beekman – Bears
    * George Bussey – Patriots
    * Jonathan Luigs – Bengals
    * Brandon Gorin – Broncos
    * Dennis Norman – Chargers
    * Brandon Frye – Seahawks
    * Billy Yates – Browns (Re-Signed)
    * Daniel Federkeil – Colts
    * Eric Ghiaciuc – Patriots
    * Seth McKinney – Bills
    * Erik Pears – Raiders
    * Ephraim Salaam – Texans
    * Maurice Williams – Broncos
    * Adrian Jones – Steelers
    * Andrew Crummey- Panthers
    * Chad Rinehart – Redskins
    * Mitch Erickson – Seahawks
    * Cody Wallace – 49ers
    * Nevin McCaskill – Titans
    * Terrence Metcalf – Saints
    * Jason Capizzi – Panthers
    * Andrew Gardner – Dolphins (Signed w/ Ravens PS)
    * Isaac Sowells – Bengals
    * Joe Toledo – Seahawks
    * Nick Hennessey – Bills
    * Kurt Quarterman – Lions
    * Cameron Stephenson – Chargers
    * Tyler Reed – Bears
    * Brian de la Puente – 49ers
    * Joe Reitz – Dolphins (Claimed by Colts)
    * Blake Schlueter – Falcons
    * Na’Shan Goddard – Saints
    * Scott Kooistra – Browns
    * Rob Petitti – Panthers
    * Herb Taylor – Giants
    * Roy Schuening – Lions
    * Kyle Williams – Seahawks
    * Marvin Philip – Bills
    * Donovan Raiola – Buccaneers
    * Colin Brown – Chiefs
    * Mark Lewis – Rams
    * Dustin Fry – Broncos
    * Jonathan Palmer – Cardinals
    * Ryan McDonald – Chargers
    * Christian Gaddis – Bills
    * Jermail Porter – Chiefs
    * Jacob Bender – Giants
    * Marlon Davis – Jets
    * Andre Ramsey – Bills
    * Tim Mattran – Rams
    * Drew Radovich – Vikings
    * Adam Stenavich – Texans
    * Dan Gay – Jets
    * Digger Bujnoch – Ravens
    * Ray Feinga – Dolphins (Re-Signed to PS)
    * Gerald Cadogan – Colts
    * Marc Dile – Buccaneers
    * Cecil Newton – Jaguars
    * Cliff Louis – Lions (Signed w/ Cowboys PS)
    * SirVincent Rogers – Dolphins
    * Lou Saucedo – Ravens
    * Greg Isdaner – Eagles
    * Michael Turkovich – Jets
    * Pete Clifford – Titans
    * Brandon Rodd – Raiders
    * Phil Trautwein – Rams
    * Shawn Murphy – Eagles (Signed w/ Panthers PS)
    * Michael Parenton – Jets
    * Greg Ryan – Ravens

  • inonewordraider

    cheerleader, you ever got your shi% pushed in?

  • bcz24

    r8eray Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:46 am
    RR, we wern’t ready, I understand after 4 games in the preseason we sould have ironed out all our defects.

    I read a blog (can’t remember where) but the NE Pats lost big on the opening game vs Bills the year they won the SB!
    0-2 was their starting record and finished 11-5!
    ******
    Yes the 2001 Patriots DID lose to Buffalo 31-0 on opening day, then in week two they replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe with Tom Brady and went on to win 3 of the next 5 Superbowls… Anyone wanna bet me that 1. Gradkowski aint no Tom Brady 2. Janikowski aint no Vinatieri and 3. Cable aint no Belichik

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

    don’t care for that as a first name … and you know wifey had some say :P
    ______________________
    Gotta’ love the Bailey’s – named one son “Champ”, and the other one “Boss”.

  • DMAC

    Fk the cheating azz Pats. And fk the tuck rule.

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

    r8eray Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:46 am
    RR, we wern’t ready, I understand after 4 games in the preseason we sould have ironed out all our defects.

    I read a blog (can’t remember where) but the NE Pats lost big on the opening game vs Bills the year they won the SB!
    0-2 was their starting record and finished 11-5!
    ____________________
    1976 Raiders lost to the Pats 48-17, but ended up having a pretty good year.

    Sometimes good teams get blown out. Not that that has anything to do with our current situation… Just Sayin’

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

    Male Cheerleader Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:49 am
    Saints goin down on MNF! whup!
    ____________________
    MC – the only one going down is you, on a skin-flute.

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

    I’m Out!

    Check ya’ Raider!

    (1-1)

  • BlackOut

    We lose this game, the billboards go back up. It does’nt matter who we bring in if we can’t handle a rookie in his first road start. This one is HUGE.

  • BlackOut

    Did he get cut because he said he should have fumbled?

  • Stabler76

    * Guy Whimper – Giants

    Yeah great name — let’s get him

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    A breakdown of the play shows that the Titans had a decisive edge before the ball was even snapped. Tennessee lined up in their “11″ personnel — featuring three receivers and a tight end with Johnson in the backfield. The Raiders lined up in man-to-man coverage with two safeties deep, leaving them with just six men “in the box” against six Titans blockers and Johnson. It would be a mismatch Tennessee would quickly exploit.

    “It was really a misalignment on the long run,” Raiders coach Tom Cable said. “We’re all in it together, and we just weren’t good enough against the run.”

    At the snap, Young rolled right then gave to Johnson who went against the grain in a counter draw. Center Eugene Amano and tight end Bo Scaife got good blocking angles on the Raiders linebackers, while tackle Michael Roos kicked out the defensive end. This left Johnson with one man between him and the end zone, the kind of situation Johnson usually wins.

    As safety Tyvon Branch rushed to fill the hole, Johnson cut inside and then out, leaving the flat-footed Raiders safety grasping for air. Johnson was then able to cut back away from the blocking traffic and explode down the sideline for his first touchdown of the season.

    “In the beginning of the game (the Raiders defense) were talking a lot of trash,” Johnson said. “After you bust that run and come back on the field, you don’t hear any trash talk anymore.”

  • Just Fire Baby

    Who was talking trash??

    Nothing like a bottom of the barrell run D talking trash after about a quarter and a half of the first game.

  • Male Cheerleader

    Hardly a pic of me!…and yep the Saints goin down on MNF!…whup!

  • mistic1

    Enough with free agent linemen stuff already. Most of these guys are unemployed for a reason, they are not good enough to play. Also you cant just sign a guy off the street and plug him in on the o-line, its too late to add guys now. Adding o-line help must ahappen in the off season so they can learn the offensive scheme and protection. even if we did bring some one in, when would they be ready to play?

  • StayinBlack

    Enough with free agent linemen stuff already. Most of these guys are unemployed for a reason, they are not good enough to play. Also you cant just sign a guy off the street and plug him in on the o-line, its too late to add guys now. Adding o-line help must ahappen in the off season so they can learn the offensive scheme and protection. even if we did bring some one in, when would they be ready to play?
    ——————————————————-

    Langston Walker last year?

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    All this “it’s just one game” talk is BS. It IS the end of the world. No need to wait to see what happens vs Rams and vs Cardinals. Cable can’t coach and Davis’ ways are restrictive. If we had a good set of coaches they can push and pull and inspire Al.

    We should’ve beaten Tennessee or at least given them a run for their money. After all the BS lip service thru off-season, that display against Tennessee is indicative that we’re gonna suffer thru this season just like last season and the seasons before….the Tom Cable blow-out ratio to continue.

    If we do beat the Rams it will be ugly, and people MAY not realize that an ugly win against the Rams means we’re scrapping the bottom of the NFL ladder again, as the Rams have been picking top 5 in the draft last bunch of years. But people will get all over-excited thinking we’re back, more hope to BUILD ON and GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD for Cardinals, then they’ll fall into a vat of despair after the Cardinals demolish us (Tom Cable blow-out ratio).

    The ONLY way this is not the end of the world is if the Raiders destroy the Rams…in statistics of every phase of the game. Jackson 50-70 yards only. Bradford 100-200 yards and 2-3 INTs. 3-5 sacks. 30-7 type score. No bone-headed d’oh big plays given up. No inability to convert 3rd and longs. Etc.

  • DMAC

    mistic1 Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 10:40 am
    Enough with free agent linemen stuff already. Most of these guys are unemployed for a reason, they are not good enough to play. Also you cant just sign a guy off the street and plug him in on the o-line, its too late to add guys now. Adding o-line help must ahappen in the off season so they can learn the offensive scheme and protection. even if we did bring some one in, when would they be ready to play?
    ================
    So your telling me non of these guys are worth a look? Just go with Pears cuz he knows the system. BS!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Who was talking trash??

    Nothing like a bottom of the barrell run D talking trash after about a quarter and a half of the first game.
    ————————————
    They came into the game “over-confident”, remember? lol.

  • HairyBush

    BigTed707 Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 10:21 am
    Male Cheerleader Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:49 am
    Saints goin down on MNF! whup!
    ____________________
    MC – the only one going down is you, on a skin-flute.
    —————————
    lol