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Cable quick hits

Raiders coach Tom Cable addressed the media Monday in his weekly press briefing and made some of the following observations:

– Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski was at the facility early and kicking, attempting to rectify whatever went wrong with three misses in a 24-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Cable said he told Janikowski the Raiders would need him and that he expected him to win a couple of games down the road.

– Red zone offense and play on third down will be heavily scrutinized within the next 48 hours in terms of personnel, execution and play selection Cable said there were plays to be made in close that weren’t being made.

– Cable was generally pleased with the play of the offensive line, noting the handful of times Gradkowski had ample time to throw. He said he has seen improvement and as far as holding the line responsible for the loss “I wouldn’t put that on them at all.” He thought alternating left tackles Mario Henderson and Jared Veldheer were up and down but showing progress.

– Penalties are being committed because of a lack of discipline when players are getting caught up in the competitive moment.

Cable said the delay of game penalty at the 1-yard line by quarterback Bruce Gradkowski came when the quarterback simply ran out of time and Cable wasn’t able to get officials to recognized his request for a time out.

The same thing happened during Week 1 with Jason Campbell, when Cable couldn’t get a time out called when the Raiders had the wrong personnel in the game for the play that was called.

– The insertion of Mike Mitchell into the base defense for a time at strong safety came after Walter McFadden aggravated a hamstring, with Michael Huff forced to play some corner and Tyvon Branch moving to free safety.

– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour said during the open locker room session he was at less than 100 percent and was bothered by his hamstring injury, but opted to play through it. That situation, Cable said, will be watched closely this week at practice.

– The workload of running back Michael Bush should increase this week after getting his first game time in more than a month.

Note: I’ll check in later, but am spending most of my day working on an obituary for George Blanda, who died Monday at age 83.

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  • olinesux

    three checkdowns and you punt…nah id rather him throw to recievers down the field and not overthrow them like campbell….

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Running the ball is the best option for our O-line.

    Should have let Dmac/Bush carry us.

  • 24

    Its a sad day in the Raider Nation with the loss of George Blanda. The old Raider greats are starting to leave us. RIP Blanda.

  • priesttj

    Mystic1

    They know as well as we do, their hating on him because their guy is stubbing his toe. Point is I wnat the best guy NOT MY GUY. In here they fall in love with certain players and when they come up stinky they run and hide.

    I think Grads is very valuable to the organization just not as a longterm answer as a starter. Doesn’t mean he can’t win games for us. But you have to know what role to cast players in. As a coach you have to look at this objectively not favoring anyone except the best guy for the job………..period

  • Mistabr0wn

    A balanced attacking offense is what we need.

    Keep throwing darts eventually you will hit something..
    _____

    # KoolKell Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Running the ball is the best option for our O-line.

    Should have let Dmac/Bush carry us.

  • mistic1

    olinesux Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:16 pm
    three checkdowns and you punt…nah id rather him throw to recievers down the field and not overthrow them like campbell….

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    Grads over threw miller over the middle in the endzone, into double coverage, should have been picked. he overthrew Dhb in the back of the endzone, dhb had smoked the corner. he also under threw dhb on a corner fade and hit the db in the ass!!!! Should have benn picked. Grads is scrappy but far to eratic to be counted on as anything ohter than a temporary relief qb.

  • Carl Weathers

    speaking of QB’s, kiffens boy trent edwards was released today.

  • 24

    If you don’t have a balanced offense, you’re also keeping DHB and Murphy from developing, which they obviously are starting to do. They are getting better with each game. In time, everything should click much better. The pieces are progressing and everything should be better by mid season. I’m just hoping for an average team at least. Lets have an 8-8 season at least.

  • olinesux

    there is no other option campbell wont even throw it into the endzone…

  • Norco Bob

    Im on board to go back to Campbell sunday,..the seasons over, might as well lose big instead of nail biters. Im going to the game sunday,..in jail by halftime.

  • Norco Bob

    Im done with both Kowskis on the Raiders,..bench em both.

  • mistic1

    I love how people say davis cant draft but i see play makers all over the field.Ford looked very good as kick returner, lets get him on the field on offense ahead of jlh. Dmac DHB, MM34 (except for the special team channel), Houston, macclaine, shaugnessy, ware, all looked good!!! veldeheer was decent how about getting b campbell in the mix! we do know Al wants his draft picks to play, cable is apinting himself into a corner o-line stinks and you cant get b campbell on the field.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    24 Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    If you don’t have a balanced offense, you’re also keeping DHB and Murphy from developing, which they obviously are starting to do.
    ———————————–
    Developing players or winning Sunday?

    They sacrificed Campbell last week to win games, now.

    Arizona came into the game giving up 155 yds per game on the ground. Win the damn game and develop players in the off-season.

  • Carl Weathers

    #210 LMAO!

  • Norco Bob

    Kell, Im sending you a months supply of Saki.

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic

    Are you smoking crack? Let’s see here. Your boy wonder JC got us 16 points in 6 quarters. Grad got us 36 in 6 qtrs. If I recall correctly, Grad did get us down to a chipshot to win the game no? WTF has JC shown you? I wonder why you forgot to bring up JC’s winloss record with a 7th ranked D with the Skins. JC is the black Alex Smith. How many offensive coordinators between both of them? Around 15+.

  • Norco Bob

    Niners been kickin themselves for 6 years now with havin to see Aaron Rodgers…not that I care….actually I think its great.

  • mistic1

    KoolKell Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    24 Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    If you don’t have a balanced offense, you’re also keeping DHB and Murphy from developing, which they obviously are starting to do.
    ———————————–
    Developing players or winning Sunday?

    They sacrificed Campbell last week to win games, now.

    Arizona came into the game giving up 155 yds per game on the ground. Win the damn game and develop players in the off-season.

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    i would agree if this was a team that could actually make the play offs, but they are not good enough. Its time develop the youth now so we can build for next year. Adress the o-line in the draft, and let b campbell and veldheer hit the ground running.

  • 24

    KoolKell – I’m not saying don’t run it more if its working for you and I’m not saying pass for the sake of developing…I’m merely pointing out the fact that our balance will workout in the end. DHB and Murphy are awakening and that will benefit us when we need them.

  • Norco Bob

    Rodgers is the best qb in NFL…manning and brady included.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Donald Driver has been playing football since the Nixon admin.

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

    Cutler will be a Raider some day

  • mistic1

    @ AIg

    JC is the black Alex Smith.
    ……………………………………………….

    Jc struggled and wasnt/ isnt ready, per hue jack. grads is ready just not talented. When campbell is ready his talent will show that he is better than grads. Again the career stats tell you that. Numbers dont lie. campbell also didnt have the weapons that this team has in place. campbell with time in the systaem and a better o-line next year still may prove you wrong, but grads ha already maxed out! Sorry its the truth.

  • olinesux

    rodgers is badazz

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Only 16 games in a NFL schedule. Every game is important. Win ugly until you can win pretty. Win, Just, Win.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Luvie Smith is 1 notch above Art Shell.

  • olinesux

    nah campbell is a neverwas…

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    A QB’s most important stat is his win/loss record. I dare you to tell me his win/loss record. The only reason JC and Alex Smith are still in the league is because they were first round draft picks. You know it as well as I do.

    I will wait patiently on this blog for your posting of JC’s career win/loss record. That is if you dare post it.

  • priesttj

    Mystic1

    AIG is obsessed with the color of the QB’s skin rather than his talent. He is anti black and anything that looks dark at QB gives him the willies. So I’m just saying he has issues that go way beyond football.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Good to see Jano was hard at work today correcting his issues after taking the entire off-season and pre-season off. Cant wait for him to wobble out to the hash marks Sunday.

    Commitment to Excellence!

  • Kirk

    When asked if the Sun was going to come up tomorrow, Cable said, “Well that depends on how things work out with respect to the time space continuum.”

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell, in week 2 we won and you didnt show your sour mug for 3 days…

    On that note I hope we pull one out Sunday so you make yourself scarce until mid week.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Arizona came into the game giving up 155 yds per game on the ground.

    Why not play to our strengths, and their weakness’s and win the damned game?

    Teams pounded the heck out of us last year didn’t they????

  • Norco Bob

    TJ…who do you want at QB sunday?…by the way,..call Gary manana,..you can thank me man I got ya back in.

  • Mistabr0wn

    tj, what was your pet name for Russell, Black Moses? Just checking..

    No reply necessary!
    _______

    priesttj Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Mystic1

    AIG is obsessed with the color of the QB’s skin rather than his talent.

  • aig-raiders

    Priest,

    BS. Actually I am pointing out that you and Debo are homers. You guys defend black QB’s regardless of their actions and performance. You and Debo thought that the Raiders were not patient enough with Jawalrus. Only a homer would think that and ignore all of Jawalrus’ personal issues.

    I’m sure JC is a great guy but he cannot lead men and play QB in the NFL. That is a proven fact.

  • beach

    Only somebody with way too much money would pay a field goal kicker $4 mil per season. And this is what we get! Unfreakin believable!

  • hendu

    It seems norco Bub doesnt like truck drivers,he should remember that many truck drivers haul what Bub likes,Norcos and Stronger,my fellow Raider fan! Teamsters just got us a new 5 year deal,nothing out of pocket, pay as you go.Like 10 bucks per visit,and for you BOB,5 bucks per prescription