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Cable Q&A

Raiders coach Tom Cable explains the decision to start Bruce Gradkowski over Jason Campbell and takes other questions at his post-practice press briefing Wednesday:

Cable: Schilens (knee), Gallery (hamstring), Goethel (lower back), John Henderson (foot) did not participate. Do not believe (Henderson’s ) to be serious, just taking a precaution Bush (thumb) and Chris Johnson practiced full Limited guys were Seymour (hamstring), Eugene (hamstring) and Walter
McFadden (hamstring)

We are going to start Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback. The reasons are pretty simple. I think there are two of them. First and foremost is the energy and the level of intensity that was brought into the huddle when he came into the game. They way the guys responded around him. And obviously scoring points. If you look back to the preseason, even at that time in the two games he came in he scored points.

That’s what we’re about. If we can get this thing to where we can score 24 points a game, I think we’ll be very tough to beat.

Q: How did Jason take the bad news?

Cable: He was disappointed but you know, if I understand him and what he’s about, he’ll battle with this. Like I told them both, we are going to need both of them. This is a long season. It seems to be that case on many teams already. The opportunity for him to go in and play quarterback will be just around the corner. Now he’s just one play away so he has to prepare himself and be ready to go, and I think he will be.

Q: How much of this is because of Hue’s input?

Cable: Like everything, since we talked about it, whenever we make a decision we try to make it as a coaching staff. It will end with me. So, when we talked about it at halftime, it was something to step away for a second and think about it because you have to realize as a head coach, when you make that choice it is what it is.

When we did it, obviously it was the right decision, it worked, and then as we talked about it here the last couple of days and come to a decision this morning, Again, we’ve made it and there’s noissues or controversies or anything like that. The decision’s been made.

Q: Do you make the move at halftime without Hue coming to you?

Cable: We had talked about it as early as last week, during the week, that we have to play better at quarterback. So it wasn’t a conversation of newness or anything like that. As I told him, you gotta tell me what you need and what you feel like you need for us to succeed. I think that’s, like I’ve said from the very beginning, is one of the things I enjoy now is not having to do all that.

Q: Did Al Davis have a role in this decision or give final approval?

Cable: This was handled by us as coaches. It ultimately rested at my feet and when we made the decision, it comes from me.

Q: Is Bruce the guy until further notice as long as he plays well?

Cable: I think so. It’s not like – we want to continue to improve this football team, and that means going out and playing with the right energy and the right attention to detail. I think the thing that stood out to me, so you get where I’m coming from, is the same people, same day, same defense, same opponent, same people in the huddle with you, didn’t change the plan, and yet we were able to go out and move the ball and score some points. He’ll go in there and do the job. It’s his now. Where we go from here, obviously, will be decided by how well he plays.

Q: Did you put Bruce on notice, essentially, six rough quarters and we’re going to someone else?

Cable: I think this. I think if you go out and continue to win games, this is a moot point. Certainly everyone understands you have a job to do and you have to do it.

Q: Why do you think Jason struggled?

Cable: We’ve really tried to put our finger on it. Maybe it’s the level of comfort and confidence, all those kinds of things. I think having a break right now, however long it lasts for him, can also be good for him. Get a chance to sit back and look at it and evaluate it.

Q: Are there any lingering effects from the injuries against San Francisco for Jason?

Cable: I don’t believe so. I don’t think he would be out there if he wasn’t cleared and 100 percent.

Q: What is it about Bruce that the guys seem to rally around?

Cable: He’s a fiery guy. He’s very passionate about what he’s doing. He has great command of it. I think they respect that, they trust that. He’s not afraid to get after anyone, whether it’s a lineman or receiver or whoever, himself, he’s very, very hard on himself. I think guys just really respect that fact.

Q: After the torn pec then the hamstring, when he played so well in his first preseason game, did that surprise you?

Cable: No, that didn’t surprise me. I don’t think it really surprised his teammates either. Once Bruce goes to work at something – you mentioned the fact he missed all that time, but he never stopped working. He’s studying. Some newness of the system, he’s still learning it. For him to come out and do some of those things with some of the new things is probably the surprise, but just his way of playing, his fieriness, his competitiveness didn’t surprise you at all.

Q: Thoughts on the Cardinals?

Cable: I think they’re a team that is very talented in a couple of spots. The receiver is a fabulous player. Larry Fitzgerald is as special a guy as there is in this league. The runner in my opinion is very, very good. You look at a team like Atlanta, runs like we do, very aggressive on defense and he hits one for 80 yards and finishes it. That impressed me a great, great deal. Up front, very physical on the offensive line. You have to find a way to get after the quarterback and disrupt him.

Defensively, Darnell Dockett, if he doesn’t want you to, you don’t block him. Anyone in this league knows that. He’s a very, very difficult matchup for any team, let alone is. Wilson at safety. The linebackers, Porter on one side gives you some issues in terms of protecting your quarterback. They’re going to put eight guys in the box. Our plan this week and what we need to do this week is more discipline and more attention to detail. We’re going on the road again. It will be their home opener. I’m sure they’ll be full of a lot of energy.

Q: Nnamdi not move around because no No. 1 receiver first 2 weeks?

Cable: I think there’s something to that. Yeah I think there’s something to that. I think that he’ll look forward to the challenge this week to do some of those things and we’ll match him up when we can and we’ll play normal coverages when it doesn’t fit.

Q: Important of back-to-back wins?

Cable: It’s really important. For us right now, if we can stay the course of where we’re at and just buying into the fact of getting better and playing hard and trying to clean it up. I think it bodes well for us to worry about that. That will bring us a second win and a third and so on. Right now we’ve got to just keep real focus on us.

Q: Still rotate at LT?

Cable: Yeah. There’s no reason to change that.

Q: How did Loper do?

Cable: I thought he was solid. That’s what we need him to be right now, to plug a hole and be solid and give us a chance to operate. Let the other 10 guys have a chance to do the job as well. I think he allowed us to do that. Until we get Robert back, that’s what we need out of him.

Q: Is Gallery close?

Cable: He’s much better today. His workout was good this morning. Let’s see where he’s at tomorrow and again on Friday. He’s better how much we’ll see.

Q: And Bush?

Cable: Bush did everything today. For the first time, everything form individual to catching to blocking to running, the whole deal. I think he feels really good and we feel really good about where he’s at.

Q: Are there concerns about playing in a new stadium, like finding play clock?

Cable: No. That’s pretty standard in the league. It’s going to be right there in front of you. The scoreboard is going to be up above that. For us, those things shouldn’t be issues for us. We have to be thinking about us all the way.

Q: Is Pears back?

Cable: We did. We waived Stevie Brown and re-signed Eric Pears.

Q: Did Brown clear waivers and will he back on the practice squad?

Cable: I’ll go back up there and that will be next.

Note: Brown did clear waivers.

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  • I am Spartacus

    First day posting here. It’s been a lot of fun. Hopefully I’ve made some friends. Catch you all tomorrow. Good night.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Sorry, what is it…47 active?

  • hendu

    132,mr Bentley,for some reason I cant stop laughing, thinking about Al looking down from on high,trying to decide who to jump if anything goes wrong! I Mean,sorry, hahaha cant help it RAIDERS!

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    W Mc Fadden was a steal in the draft. Glad to get him back

  • itzSteve

    45 active on Sundays…

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    BSJ
    What’s your problem with Condo? He’s simply the best long snapper we’ve had in decades. He’s integral to BOTH Lechler & Jano’s success.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    See post 150/152. Condo couldn’t play LB for Las Vegas if he didn’t “longsnap”. Whoa.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    We need ST’s to step up, period. Our O-line is the stuff of bad ledgends, and we have hammy flu. Go Grads!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Anyone remember snaps that Treu screwed up? Me neither. Must take a “specialist”.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Treu sure was “integral” too.

  • Chris in NY

    BSJ,
    Are you kidding? Why the hate toward Condo. He’s been perfect at his craft. Longsnapper is one of those things you don’t appreciate until you lose a game because of a botched snap that screws up a FG. Plus Condo does make an inordinate amount of special teams tackles for a snapper. No reason to mess with that.

  • JB

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    If Adam Treu could longsnap WELL and be backup center, why can’t one of our current Olinemen do it too? 53 is not a lot of players per game guys…
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    Adam Treu was a terrible backup center. He’s one of the main reasons we got our a$$ handed to us by the Bucs in the SB. Using your logic, then we should get rid of either Lechler or Jano and have one kicker do both functions. It doesn’t work that way. Specialists are specialists for a reason. They are the best at what they do. Satele is also a terrible center in case you haven’t noticed. You need to watch closer on punts to see how Condo contributes. He does a hell of a lot more than just hike the ball. If you want to bang on somebody who really is questionable, pick Sam Williams. He’s been on scholarship far too long.

  • Richard Bentley

    Hendu,
    I don’t know how much sense my thought makes, but Al has been known to slice more than one person off at the knees when it is only that person that stands up to him. Remember Fox? So the thought was that he couldn’t give whoever both barrels because more than one person came up with the same decision.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    one of the main reasons we got our a$$ handed to us by the Bucs in the SB. Using your logic, then we should get rid of either Lechler or Jano and have one kicker do both functions.

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    Don’t be an ass.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Oh I get it now! All JaMeatloaf needs is a wife & kids to get his head on straight and his career in gear! LMFAO!

    tj, if you ever stop posting it will be a crying shame.
    _____

    # priesttj Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Now he’s got a long way to go, but with his talent he’ll eventually be fine he needs some responsibility (wife and child) to get him going hard again. Way to much talent to go to waste.

  • raiderzmaverick

    “Despite not having as strong an arm as Campbell, Gradkowski was better able to get the ball down field. He completed four of eight passes that went more than 10 yards downfield, for 79 yards, according to STATS LLC. Campbell was just 3 for 14 for 69 yards on those throws.”

    So, Grads even does the “long ball” better than Campbell. Boy oh boy. What exactly does Campbell have going for him at this point if not his “stronger arm”?

  • raiderzmaverick
  • HairyBush

    Prediction for Sunday…

    -Nnamdi holds Fitzgerald to 65 yards and no td’s
    -Raiders run D picks up where it left off against S. Jackson in second half of last weeks game.
    -Bruce comes out a little nervous being the newly named starter, and throws a pick and a couple other ill advised throws, he settles down after first couple series and plays well.
    -Mcfadden runs for 75 yards, Bush 55 yards
    -Heyward Bey gets 42 yard touchdown
    -Rolando Mclain applies a side suplex to S. Breaston
    -Cardinals start off hot with the crowd into the game, only to wither as the game progresses. (Raiders finaly learn how to make halfitme adjustments)
    -K. Wimbley continues to impress me and gets another sack
    -S. Routt gets his 2nd interception in as many games
    -L. Murphy 75 yards and 6 yard touchdown
    -After the Raiders win the game 20-13, coach Cable screams shut the fuk up Donny!

  • Kklutch

    @52 – We still have the best uni’s & cheerleaders though.

    Nah bro, thats not gonna get it done.

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

    I’m just here thinking to myself…has it ever occurred to anyone starting Condo as a center?

  • Dark Forces

    Obviously every player in that locker room has rallied around Bruce Gradkowski. You could see in the way they responded when he came in. He gives us the best chance to win. Period. Every single Raiderfan should be 110% behind him as well. GO RAIDERS!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    I don’t give a rat’s azz who is playing QB!

    I just want to see wins.

  • Jmackraider12

    When Bruce came in that stadium was rocking, i saw that and i was watching it from PA lol..