A few quick hits after Tom Cable’s Monday press briefing, with a more comprehensive look at news and notes to come later:
– Cable did not make public a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game in Arizona, saying he had a good idea which direction what he was going to do. He said there will not be a “controversy.”
When asked if the call was his alone, Cable said, “It has to be,” and he stressed the fact that quarterback depth is better than it’s been for some time on the Raiders and that regardless of which quarterback is chosen, the other could still be needed down the road.
– For what it’s worth, on the failed fourth-and-1 call at the St. Louis 6, he was trying to call time out because the Raiders were in the wrong formation but officials did not see him. When asked if the quarterback (Campbell) should have seen that it was the wrong formation and called time, Cable said yes, he should have.
– The tackle rotation of Mario Henderson and Jared Veldheer will continue for at least another week. Cable said he’d ideally like to have a standard five man line, but in this situation, a rotation system brings up the level of both players.
– No decision has been made on the status of Luke Lawton, whose two whose suspension is up this week. He said its an administrative issue that will be dealt with in the next day or so.
– Cable’s biggest issues are with cleaning up red zone offense, penalties _ particularly those of the pre-snap variety _ and turnovers.
More to come . . .