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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

    are you so great at evaluating talent you can tell he is a bust?

    ***

    yes

    McClain = Morrison 2.0 (waste of $40 million)

  • J Hill

    BCZ24,

    I’m not saying Walker should be at RT, don’t get me wrong.

    I’m more of the opinion that the QB has to play better. I think there is going to be bullets flying all season long. JC simply can not get shook. Come back on the next play, move around in the pocket, and throw the ball down field!

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

    A couple days before the Titans game Figurs is mentioned as a dynamic return specialist, who can break it open blah blah.

    But every return he had he would tentatively run petrified of fumbling the ball, and all the Raiders blockers ahead of him would all look back “in case” Figurs fumbled it.

    A few days later, Figurs is mentioned as a necessary cut to make the team better.

    Naturally it does, addition by subtraction, but it’s damning that due diligence by Raiders coaches/GM isnt being done like when the original 53 man cuts had to be made. They’re like stumbling in the blind with everything going on….Campbell tipping off snaps, etc etc.

    All this is due to TERRIBLE COACHING.

    Fire coaches now!

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

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    McClain played fine, had a nice tackle for a loss, and played about as well as a rookie MLB in his first game play for the leagues worst run defense against the league’s best RB.

    Still a shoe-in for an all-rookie team award, and on the short list for defensive ROY.

  • J Hill

    Pears *puke*

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    Sad

  • bcz24

    Truthfully its a pretty safe bet to call ANY Raider first round pick a bust… Outside of Nnamdi whos the last first rounder to make a probowl? Who is the last first rounder to make a tangible difference in our team enough to say they helped win a game?

  • El Tato

    # bcz24 Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    me too, I am 5′6 and not a football plyer
    ***
    Eh I have the size to be an olineman, but definitely not the speed or strength. I am 6′5 300lbs. But I aint no Bruce Campbell thats for sure…

    ————————————

    dont make me wrong, I believe you. I just wanted to let all you know how much I think our linemans suck. You are a big man

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

    # bcz24 Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I would agree with #390 if we didnt lose by 25 points on Sunday… with the Titans all but quitting in the second half. They could have beaten us by 40 if they chose to. Im not ready to say McClain is a bust either but I think we should make SOME of the tackles and at least TRY to let our QB walk out of the stadium under his own power.

    —-

    exactly, this is why it’s the end of the world. The Titans threw everything at our ill-prepared poorly-coached team in the first half, busted us open like idiots, and then duly played half-hearted rest of the game like pre-season game 4.

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

    r8rwill Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    i don’t know why you guys think mclain is a bust..
    ______________________
    By “you guys” I’m assuming you mean RRS and the Kirk-Mo fan club.
    McClain is a smart and hard working, so he should improve.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Imagine if Steve Brown would have been picked up on cut day, to save room for Yamon, who would be cut in a week anyways.

    This place would have been a zoo!!!!

  • J Hill

    He was supposed to light a fire under Satele’s a55 – not earn the starting spot.

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    That is hilarious!

  • RaiderRockstar

    play for the leagues worst run defense

    ***

    ahem. last year we were 29th

    so with the addition of Rolando McBust now we’re dead last?

    nice draft Al!

  • J Hill

    Re Stevie Brown

    I think he should take Tyvon Branch’s spot.

    Former LB keep in mind!

  • RaiderRockstar

    By “you guys” I’m assuming you mean RRS and the Kirk-Mo fan club.

    ***

    Ted, Kirk is still here

    he just changed #’s (52 to 55)

    not sure why he’s avoiding the media or fans though ???

    Hmmmm

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

    Give the kid (McClain) a chance, he’s only played one game.
    We gave JaBusto years, DMC years, DHB 1 year, Huff years etc…..

  • RaiderRockstar

    JFB: I still think we should dump Desmond Bryant & Hiram Eugene to bring up Stevie & Tonga from the p squad!

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

    ONE GAME!

  • r8rwill

    rr
    surely you jest.. all the pundits and draft evaluaters who get payed for what they do thought/think mclain is the real deal. and you come along with your evaluation in one game!!! please give us a break dude…the man played on national championship team and was a star. you need to look in the mirror, i sm wrong i shouldn’t feed you trolls

  • J Hill

    I still think we should dump Desmond Bryant & Hiram Eugene

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    Bryant instead of Alford?

  • RaiderRockstar

    in all fairness, S&B thinks McClain should get a pass this year because he’s a rookie MLB playing behind a DL with no NT.

    Why didn’t we get Cody in RD2 again?

    we got Houston and now maybe our most complete player (ShoNasty) is on the bench

    ahh, nevermind. forget it

    Top 15 Run D this year!

    2010 Raiders = 10-6 !!!

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

    RR, I like that…VERY optimistic!

  • RaiderRockstar

    i shouldn’t feed you trolls

    ***

    please find out the true meaning of a word before calling somebody it

    everybody who thinks Henderson flopped in WK1 is a “troll” too?

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

    # Male Cheerleader Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    yyyyeeeeaaaaa~!!!!!!…whup!
    _____________________
    You should do something about those hiccups man.
    You’ve had ‘em all week.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bryant instead of Alford?

    ***

    Jhill, basically the same player

    aren’t they?

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

    I’m the ugly old troollllll, who lives under the bridge!

  • El Tato

    Teneessee is a better team than 80% teams in the NFL, and also have the best RB the NFL has seen in years.

    Thats what I want to think. Our season starts this weekend.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 3:41 am
    Raccoon…

    I agree, the ZBS works great if the one in charge of it has total power of it..

    anyone here seems to forget that when Cable was in charge of the o-line in Atlanta, they had the best run offense ever, and a helluva o-line

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

    Very true.

  • J Hill

    If Jason Campbell and Tyvon Branch have good game this weekend, we win going away.

  • RaiderRockstar

    is Jwigg a “troll” for calling out Branch?

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    r8eray Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:04 am
    Give the kid (McClain) a chance, he’s only played one game.
    We gave JaBusto years, DMC years, DHB 1 year, Huff years etc…..

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

    And what did we learn from that?

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    Mornin RR, J Hill, R8, NATION.

  • El Tato

    If we loss against Rams and Cards, who I think are not better football teams and we start 0-3, then we all will know we will suck again this year

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cable must be a “troll” for cutting Figurs, too.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    Dirtiest Raccoon Says:
    September 15th, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Gotta run, but hey PEEPS/NATION we need to start a “Help RAIDERROCKSTAR’s new baby Boy get started right” fund/cache. Where the Raider Nation can send RAIDER, and Hunting gear to Lil RRS, and help out RR, and his Wife!

    Hey Vegas, Dell, hook it up.

    I’ll check back later on the progress of the event.

    SOMEONE please re-post this on the next Blog.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    El Tato Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:14 am
    If we loss against Rams and Cards, who I think are not better football teams and we start 0-3, then we all will know we will suck again this year

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

    Wow, man, that is DEEP!

  • J Hill

    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.

  • RaiderRockstar

    El Tato, revised

    If we loss against Rams and Cards, who I think are not better football teams and we start 0-3, then we all will know we [can win the next 11 games and still be crowned AFC West Champs!]

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why didn’t we get Cody in RD2 again?

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

    Is he even going to be active this week? Already had a knee surgery, at 22 and 350 pounds.

    Not a good sign.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:16 am
    El Tato, revised

    If we loss against Rams and Cards, who I think are not better football teams and we start 0-3, then we all will know we [can win the next 11 games and still be crowned AFC West Champs!]

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

    YEEEEEE HHWWAAAAAAAAW…..

    Tell em RR!

  • RaiderRockstar

    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.

    ***

    Jhill is right (take my temperature – did I just say that?)

    no excuses. we beat ourselves. I’m glad we played the Titans instead of the Bills, Lions, Browns, Bucs or Rams in WK1!

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

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

  • J Hill

    when Cable was in charge of the o-line in Atlanta, they had the best run offense ever, and a helluva o-line

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

    Very true.

    —————————————————-

    Excuse me fellas, but I think a guy named Mike Vick had a little more to do with that than Cable!

    But, I’ll roll with it for now. Hire Cable as the Oline coach!

  • Just Fire Baby

    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.

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning Dirty

    how u doing today man ???

  • r8rwill

    big john henderson played well sunday. alford looks like he can help us, and shaunnessy is getting better every game.. now if we can get routt out, and huff to hit and tackle, promote s brown from the ps. we will have a top tier defense, i’ll ride with that..

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

    “Help RAIDERROCKSTAR’s new baby Boy get started right”
    ______________________
    RRS – please tell me you at least considered the name “Tatum”

  • J Hill

    If we loss against Rams and Cards, who I think are not better football teams and we start 0-3, then we all will know we will suck again this year

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    ya think

  • RaiderRockstar

    alford looks like he can help us

    ***

    Jhill, thoughts ???

  • RNOraiderFan

    RR’s evauation of McClain did not come from one game. He and I both watched him play with Alabama. We both saw the same thing then that we are seeing now. It was also evident during the preseason. RR is right, #55=#52, but is less passionate about the game and the fans. At least Kirk was cool with the fans and at least Kirk didn’t think his Shat didn’t stink. I would rather have Kirk still on the team and wish we would of drafted a Olinemen.