Cable: Raiders are accountable


News, notes and quotes from Friday’s practice, group interviews with running back Bush and linebacker Trevor Scott, and post-practice press briefing from coach Tom Cable:

— Cable believes the Raiders players are past the point of deflecting blame and can finally look themselves in the mirror after a mistake.

`I think the accountability has gotten where it needs to be now,’’ Cable said. “It’s not a matter of how we did this or what we called, or whatever this or that is. It’s on all of us and we recognize that, and I think we take responsibility for it now.

“That’s really, really huge for us, for this football team, because it’s the first time in the four years I’ve been here where guys man up and say, hey, that’s on me. So that’s a good thing. The next step is you can’t let it happen.’’

— Officially listed as out for the Chargers game Sunday are WR Chaz Schilens (knee), LG Robert Gallery (hamstring), RB Michael Bennett (hamstring), LB Travis Goethel (lower back) and DT John Henderson (stress fracture).

Listed as questionable are LB Ricky Brown (hamstring), LB Quentin Groves (hamstring), CB Walter McFadden (hamstring) and CB Jeremy Ware (ankle). All were listed as having limited participation in practice.

Listed as probable are QB Bruce Gradkowski (A-C joint), TE Zach Miller (hip), S Hiram Eugene (hamstring) and CB Chris Johnson (ankle).

LB Rolando McClain returned to practice after two days off because of a personal issue and will start at middle linebacker.

— The Raiders pass rush was negated by a Houston rushing attack that kept the front seven on its heels. Trevor Scott, moved from end to outside linebacker this week with injuries to Groves and Howard, was asked what it would take to get the pass rush going and said, “I’m going to do it this week. I’ve got it.’’

Might that mean a lot of blitzing, given that Scott will play linebacker (Cable said Scott would start even if Groves recovers enough to be active)?

“I’m going to be all over the place,’’ Scott said. “That’s all I know.’’

—The seemingly endless wait for the debut of wide receiver/return specialist Nick Miller will come against the Chargers, Cable said.

Miller made the Raiders last season on the basis of a strong training camp, only to discover that what was originally diagnosed as shin splints was actually a broken shin bone.

For reasons never fully explained, Miller stayed on the 53-man roster for 15 games before going on injured reserve for the final game, and was listed every week as “not active.’’

Miller had another solid camp and made the team again this season, only to find himself inactive in Week 1. He wore the Raiders uniform in a regular-season game for the first time in Week 2 against the Rams, but was the only player suited up who didn’t get into the game.

He was active but didn’t step on the field in Weeks 2 or 3, either.

Against San Diego, Cable said Miller would play as a punt return specialist _ he was fielding punts along with Johnnie Lee Higgins _ and on special teams.

If the Raiders wanted to get creative, Miller had his own package of plays during each of the last two training camps which have never been used in regular-season game.

“Because of our injury situation, he’s going to have to help us in some teams and things like that. He’s a very energetic guy, naturally, so he’ll bring some energy to the game, that’s for sure,’’ Cable said. “He wants to get out there and go.’’

— Defensive coordinator John Marshall isn’t the only one surprised at the inability of the Raiders defense to force turnovers. Oakland has only five takeaways, and two of those were gift punt muffs by Arizona.

The other three were a sack fumble of Vince Young in the opener and interceptions by Groves and Stanford Routt.

“We seem to be late. If a ball’s tipped we’ve gotten a couple of those,’’ Cable said. “It’s just go get the football with an aggressive style. I don’t quite think we’re there yet.’’

— While McFadden’s speed and versatility will be missed in the backfield, the fact is that in terms of breakaway ability, his track record doesn’t match that of Michael Bush as a Raider.

In his last 26 games, dating back to a 50-yard run in Week 2 against Kansas City, McFadden’s longest run is 33 yards. During that span, Bush has runs of 67, 60 and 40 yards.

“Some guys to me have that innate ability, that when they get through they can make the safety miss and go, and he’s shown that,’’ Cable said.

Through three four games, McFadden was averaging just over 25 touches per game with 85 runs from scrimmage and 16 receptions, a workload Bush hopes to duplicate.

“I’ll be doing the same thing he was doing when I was out,’’ Bush said. “If he got the ball a lot, I expect to do the same thing if that’s the way the coaches are going to go. Whatever’s thrown my way, I’m ready.’’

— Cable, an unabashed New York Yankees fan who hasn’t been above gloating to a press corps member who is a Twins fan, conceded that Tim Lincecum would be good enough to pitch for his team.

“If George (Steinbrenner) was alive, he’d buy him tomorrow,’’ Cable said.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • fat kidd

    we need to go with j. campbell too put up some wins up

  • Beach Says:
    October 8th, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    EMRaiders Says:
    October 8th, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Nick Miller brings takes one to the house.

    Nam gets a pick 6.

    Offense scores 10 points.

    Final SD 21 Oak 24

    Then we beat SF and Den, lose against Sea but win vs KC. Go into bye 5-4.

    EM, I used to believe like this. I’m just hoping we’re still in the SD game at the half.
    I predicted this in this blog 3weeks ago
    an I still believe

  • PurpleDrank81

    ne1 know whats up with the cal game??

  • HayesDaze37


    # KoolKell Says:

    Art Shell’s career coaching record of 49-47 is a lot better than a lot of Raider coaches.


    WTF, Kell???

    Aren’t you the same guy who won’t give Al credit for his career record? Of course you are.

    You know…how the ONLY record that matters is that of the recent past…and how his overall record (pretty amazing, actually) means nothing?

    The great Raider Art Shell was never a great HEAD coach, and his second stint as such was an unmitigated disaster by ALL accounts.

    Yet, his overall record as HC keeps him from your criticism? Good for Art, but not good for Al??

    KK — You’re not the only one in here…but, you’ve certainly earned your all-star membership in the MEGA-HYPOCRITE CLUB. Congrats!!!


  • HayesDaze37

    Mista — Besides your obvious race-based, race-laced comments…you lose ALL credibility in any football discussion where you state something this ridiculous:

    Mistabr0wn Says:

    (re: Art Shell)

    He was a great player not sure he is HOF material but he was a great lineman…


    Art Shell was one of the greatest O-linemen of all time, on what is STILL regarded throughout professional football as one of the greatest O-lines of all time, if not THE greatest.

    The great Art Shell’s sideline demeanor, and record as a HC have nothing to do with his proven dominance on the field.


  • lefty12

    I’m not proclaiming DHB a great WR,but for him to catch a bomb the QB has to get him the ball and as of yet,none of he guys we have playing the position have done it.Also,WRs don’t just run as fast as they can every pattern.On the PI he ran,let up,then turned it on which caused the DB to stick out his arm to impede the WR from running past him thereby forcing the official to call PI.It is often called a hitch and go.

  • aig-raiders

    lefty12, just about everyone on here saw that dhb didnt even think the pass was going his way until he saw the ball go up in the air. Let’s not spin it any other way then what we saw on film.

    DHB is an athlete trying to be a football player. Murphy is a natural football player. They should throw short hitches to dhb and let him run with it. The raiders are stupid to never even bothered with this. Look at his Maryland hilites and you can see how they used him.

  • aig-raiders

    JC has had trouble getting wins his entire career and couldnt do it with the Raiders yet you think he’ll magically get wins for us. Did you not even watch Tenn and Rams game?

  • aig-raiders

    Go back to the Rams game and see how they threw short to dhb and he fought off tacklers as he made extra yds.

  • armond

    dhb has been open deep and only once did he have a catchable ball HE dropped. the others have been underthrown allowing the defender to get his hands in there. maryland actually threw the ball downfield to him and he caught it. both he and grads have to work their timing down to get better.

  • # La Milicia Negra Says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 1:47 pm


    lol. why?

  • armond

    cal whippin ucla just as i thought. vereen is an animal. runs just as hard and tough as ingram but of course the media wont see it that way. dude can catch down the field like a wr and has really good patience. like mohamed at olb 2. might be worth takin a look at him next year as we begin to get some real olbs.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I have more confidence that DHB can take a short pass, break a few tackles (something he has proven he can do) and take it to the house, than make a play on a deep pass over a defender.

    Until I see otherwise, that’s my stance.

    I hope he proves me wrong (or right on the short pass thing lol).

  • lefty12

    AIG,no disrespect,but I watched that play at least 5 times and I didn’t see it that way at all.Just because almost everyone on here says something doesn’t make it so.There are a lot of biases on here.Many times someone will make a claim and others will agree because they don’t like the player.I’ve read comments where people will agree with a statement about a play and then they will admit they didn’t even see the game.You should really understand that after the anti Grad crap that has been going on.

  • Just Fire Baby

    That WR for South Carolina (Jeffries I believe) looked really good in the first half.

    Not sure what his draft prospects are, but 6’4 with what looked like great hands.

  • lefty12

    Armond,Cal is kicking booty because they got that early lead.Reilly flat out sucks if he has to play from behind but is great with a lead.

  • Just Fire Baby

    DHB clearly didn’t run the entire route at full-speed.

    Now whether it was intentional or not, I don’t think any one on here can say for sure, so we can just leave it at that.

    Either way, that damn kicker should have made it and we could be playing our most important week 5 game in years.

  • armond

    lefty i cant stand reilly. thought he would be much better by now.they dont even bother throwin much today cuz that running game is bailing him out. he took a few sacks he didnt have to take and he under threw vereen on that wheel route. shouldve been a td but a routine catch and run instead. that aside i figured they would whip ucla.

  • lefty12

    Armond,I had doubts because of Reilly.I can’t stand him either.You never know what you’ll get from him.

  • fat kidd

    Glen Coffee Arrested for ‘Cocked’ Pistol32
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    10/08/2010 1:10 PM ET By FanHouse Staff

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    Glen Coffee, the 23-year-old former 49er running back who retired suddenly this offseason, was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm. The charge is a 3rd degree felony.

    Police in Fort Walton Beach, Fla — where Coffee went to high school — stopped Coffee early Friday morning for speeding before noticing the car had no insurance or registration. Before having the car towed, cops did a search and found a “black 380 SIG Sauer automatic pistol.”

    According to the police report, “The pistol was recovered with the hammer ‘cocked’ to the rear. It was located in the center … readily accessible to Coffee.”

    Ironically, Coffee cited religion as the reason for retiring: “Actually when I look back I feel I never should have entered the draft in the first place. Football was no longer my dream. I found Christ in college. It changed my views on everything. But I still was a football player because it was expected of me, it was something I did all my life. I was basically wasting the [49ers’] time.

    “His will, I felt, wasn’t football. I felt like I forced football because everyone expected me to play football. He told me a long time ago to walk away from the game.”

    Before retiring, Coffee was having a solid training camp in his second season. Coach Mike Singletary praised his effort.

    Coffee, the 49ers’ third-round pick in 2009 out of Alabama, ran for 226 yards and one touchdown in his rookie year.

  • severeraiderz

    Lets sign Devin Thomas and let him return kicks

  • severeraiderz

    Raider75 Says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    # La Milicia Negra Says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 1:47 pm


    lol. why?

    He averaged 28 yards a kick return thats why lol

  • armond

    damn akeem ayers lookin real good in this game too.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Hows Keenan Allen playin today???

  • lefty12

    I like the freshman WR-#21-Allen.Too bad the QB can’t get him the ball.He is always open.

  • sirblitzalot

    I think Keenan Allen is the real deal, but like Cable HC has to have him go thru the rookie baptism. CAL has a bunch of good w/o this year but I think Allen is great on YAC. HC should try to use him more. He was there to bail out the QB today. I am sure may start going back to him.