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If game were today, it’d be Boller

News, notes and quotes Thursday as the Raiders prepare to face the Denver Broncos:

— Nothing definitive, but it’s beginning to look like Kyle Boller will get the start Sunday when the Raiders visit the Broncos at Invesco Field.

Boller and Jason Campbell got the first-team work, and although Cable is already on record as saying Campbell starts if he’s healthy, the fact is he’s not healthy.

With his present level of mobility and pain, Campbell, Cable said, would not be able to play if the game were held today.

“He could go back, call plays and throw it but to be able to run and do the things he’s got to be able todo, it’d be pretty iffy,’’ Cable said.

Cable said Gradkowski is feeling better, but said he still hasn’t cut loose in terms of throwing the ball.

– Cable on the availability of Darren McFadden: “I think we’re close. He feels like he can cut it loose yesterday and today so I hope so.’’

– Although it hasn’t happened during periods of media availability, Cable said wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who had minor knee surgery approximately two months ago, is making some progress.

“He is on the field, working now, there’s no running, nothing quick twitch or anything like that, just trying to get him back on his feet,’’ Cable said.

— Linebacker Travis Goethel will be relieved to know Cable publicly acknowledged the minor back surgery which has sidelined the rookie since the start of the regular season.

Goethel had a “discectomy,’’ a procedure which a small portion of disc is removed in a non-invasive opearation similar to an arthroscope.

Cable said he could be ready to play as early as next week.

– Campbell, Gradkowski, McFadden, Goethel, running back Michael Bennett (hamstring), and SS Tyvon Branch (back) all had limited participation.

Those who didn’t practice were Schilens, John Henderson (stress fracture) and Thomas Howard did not practice.

– Defensive coordinator John Marshall, when asked if Denver’s passing offense resembled anything the Raiders had faced this year, named the San Diego Chargers.

The same Chargers who racked up 290 yards by halftime against the Raiders on the right arm of Philip Rivers and looked to be headed for Norm Van Brocklin’s 59-year-old record of 554 yards passing until coach Norv Turner decided it was time to run some clock.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is pledging an undying commitment to the run, but based on Denver’s league-worst 2.7 yards per carry and the sizable holes in the Oakland pass defense, it’s conceivable he’ll Kyle Orton will have his arm packed in ice Sunday night.

Of course, once San Diego’s momentum was stalled by Turner as well as two lengthy Raiders drives, Marshall sent the house at Rivers and ended up with a game-clinching 64-yard fumble return by Tyvon Branch, courtesy of a sack-fumble caused by a blitzing Michael Huff.

Marshall called those blitzes _ five in succession _ when backed into a corner.

“I’ll tell you what, that was a situation thing,’’ Marshall said. “We could not allow them to get in field goal range. When you get to a certain part of the field, you’ve got to go. And it was working, and it was fun to call. I’d much rather be calling that kind of game, just kind of dial ‘em up, like a Rolodex, `Oh, yeah, let’s run this one.’ ‘’

The idea was advanced to Marshall, (OK, it was me), that he could indeed blitz more often. It’s his call.

“Sure you could,’’ Marshall said. “But you’ve got a chance for a big play popping, in going after him in normal situations, first down, or second down . . . but hey, your thought process isn’t wrong. My wife, my daughters said, `Dad, why weren’t you doing that the whole game?’ ‘’

— Orton gets the ball out quickly in a rhythm passing game which is almost impossible to stop without disrupting his timing.

“If he gets his read and he gets the ball out quick, he’s like any quarterback, they get pressure, and that kind of thing, whether by a four man rush or designed pressure, they don’t do quite as well,’’ Marshall said. ` He does a good job. He really does. If he doesn’t pressure he’s going to complete some balls.’’

Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly called the Raiders pass rush “decent, but not good enough’’ and said it’s been discussed this week.

“We’ve got to get home a little more often,’’ Kelly said. “It’s going to come. You just can’t lose patience and get frustrated with how everything’s been going. You’ve got to keep hammering that nail in and hopefully we’ll get it going.’’

— Marshall said he’s pleased with the progress of middle linebacker Rolando McClain and was asked if he was surprised if the rookie hadn’t had a hand in any turnovers through six games.

“Yeah, and I kind of point that out to him once in awhile,’’ Marshall said. “I mean, a first-rounder has got to have impact, right?’’

— Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he has revisted the call sheet for the 49ers game and while went through the natural process of second-guessing some calls, had more problem with the execution than the play-calling.

When it was suggested that the Raiders went into the game with a run-heavy game plan and then had no answers when they couldn’t run, Jackson said, “I think we had answers. The execution wasn’t up to what it had been the last five weeks. That’s disappointing on all levels . . . there was no phase of the offense that particular day I was happy about.’’

— After Campbell did some good things with his feet to keep plays alive during the first two drives of the 49ers game which resulted in field goals, Jackson had this to say about why the quarterback’s play dropped off so dramatically.

“I think that’s in any situation where you have those opportunities and then you don’t cash them in. It’s like anything,’’ Jackson said. “You start pressing a little bit. I thought maybe the whole offense and that feeling of just wanting to do it and get it done and win the game and knew that boy, we’ve got to nail one of these opportunities, sometimes you press just a little bit more than what you should.’’

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  • fat kidd

    After practice in Cincinnati on Wednesday, former Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer ripped former head coach Bobby Petrino. Zimmer was the defensive coordinator in 2007, the season that Petrino abruptly resigned 13 games into the season. “When a coach quits in the middle of the year and ruins a bunch of people’s families and doesn’t have enough guts to finish out the year, I’m not a part of it,” Zimmer told the Cincinnati media. “And you can put that in the Arkansas News Gazette. I don’t really give a (bleep). He’s a coward, he ruined a bunch of people’s lives, a bunch of families, kids, because he didn’t have enough (guts) to stay there and finish the job. And that’s the truth. Most people in football have enough courage about him and enough fight to stick it out and not quit halfway through the year. It’s cowardly.” Petrino went back into the college ranks to coach at Arkansas. Zimmer shined some light on Petrino’s exit

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    I don’t blame Huff for 150 rushing yards per game, but the man has 4 INTs in 5 seasons (3 last year), and he can’t tackle well, which hurts a team that can’t stop the run.

  • Jimbo

    Boy that Mike Zimmer is all class.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Yes, I think had Al Davis left Kiffin alone we would be a much better team right now. Like it or not, Kiffin can coach….at least better than the Cable guy. Cable inherited a team that was competative in most games in 2007 and turned it into a team that gets smoked more often than not.

    I’d trade Cable for Kiffin in a heartbeat.

  • Oscuro QB

    Breaking News per Adam Sheffter:

    “Oakland Raider DB Michael Huff has been targeted by the NFL rules committee as one of the players who will be placed on the leagues “watch list” with the recent crackdown on flagrant fouls/ blows to the head. The NFL says it will to everything in its power in order to prevent these players – namely Huff – from being injured by an offensive player while Huff is attempting to tackle these offensive players from behind while riding on their back.”

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    RaiderDebo,
    Thanks for the info I linked at #384 at 10:02. I guess it helps you posted the whole thing. Maybe you want to put out an audio version too. lol

  • J Hill

    and TK has been the only constant.

    ——————————————————-

    LOL!

    Been meaning to ask you your thoughts on Gerrard “Money” Warren moving Wilfork to DE and now starting at NOSE TACKLE for the Patriots?

  • Jimbo

    The NFL is ruining the game. These watch lists are crap. Let em play the game.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    457.J Hill Says:
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am
    and TK has been the only constant.

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    LOL!

    Been meaning to ask you your thoughts on Gerrard “Money” Warren moving Wilfork to DE and now starting at NOSE TACKLE for the Patriots?
    ++++++++++++++

    NE has the ability to take many talented, but lazy players, like Moss and Warren, and get the most out of them. That is was good coaching that is backed up by ownership does for a team. We don’t have anything close to that here. It doesn’t mean we should have kept those players. They simply would have continued to play poorly in Oakland.

  • RaiderRockstar

    CJ is having a very rough year, anyone who defends him has to agree.

    ***

    Agreed Jimbo!

    CJ37 has the same thing Routt, Branch & Eugene caught this year. toast disease. must be a zone thing

    this group has been renamed the “burn unit”

  • DMAC

    # J Hill Says:
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    and TK has been the only constant.

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    LOL!

    Been meaning to ask you your thoughts on Gerrard “Money” Warren moving Wilfork to DE and now starting at NOSE TACKLE for the Patriots?
    ============
    Warren is good at getting after the QB, but gets gashed on run plays.
    Kind of reminds me of Scott at DE.

  • J Hill

    458.Jimbo Says:
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    The NFL is ruining the game. These watch lists are crap. Let em play the game.

    ——————————————————-

    Isn’t it really the QBs fault for putting the WRs in a position to take those big hits?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Have a great time at the game Dakota. Maybe you can set up a live chat like JerryMac. I’m outta here. Time to further my progress in Angry Bird.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Jhill,

    Our entire secondary is not playing well, the LBs are not playing well, and the DL is not playing well.
    Same thing with the offense, and I agree with you about Hue.

    Fire the entire coaching staff!

  • Jimbo

    Warren’s success is proof that the blame goes right to the top.

  • Jimbo

    Fire the entire coaching staff!

    wont matter, it’s Al, always its AL

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    I actually felt bad for Moss having to play here. We never should have traded for him in the first place. He is a mercurial HOF talent that needs structure and a good QB.

  • J Hill

    Warren is good at getting after the QB, but gets gashed on run plays.

    Kind of reminds me of Scott at DE.

    ——————————————————-

    Well tell me why you think Belechick moved a stud like Wilfork from NT so Warren could play there?

  • J Hill

    Fire the entire coaching staff!

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    Agreed!

  • DMAC

    With all this being said………..
    DMAC runs wild this Sunday and the Raiders win.
    Holla!

  • Jimbo

    this group has been renamed the “burn unit”
    ___

    Ok, then let’s call the front 7 the “tampons”.

    They need to offer “gap control”

  • http://atm Raider O

    Jhill,

    I didn’t know that. Is he playing well for them, or are they moving Wilfork cause he can play both positions?
    Your thoughts on our problems? Still think it’s the LBs?

  • fat kidd

    Oregon Ducks demolished UCLA 60-13.

  • DMAC

    # J Hill Says:
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Warren is good at getting after the QB, but gets gashed on run plays.

    Kind of reminds me of Scott at DE.

    ——————————————————-

    Well tell me why you think Belechick moved a stud like Wilfork from NT so Warren could play there?
    =================
    To tell you the truth. I haven’t seen him play this season in NE. I’m judging him on his performance in Oakland.

  • J Hill

    That is was good coaching that is backed up by ownership does for a team. We don’t have anything close to that here.

    ——————————————————-

    Amazing how in ept our coaching staff looks when guys like Warren, Tyler Brayton, and Chris Carr can go elsewhere and not only start, but produce!

    Looking at you AD Inc!!!!

  • Carl Weathers

    LMAO!
    *******************
    Oscuro QB Says:
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am
    Breaking News per Adam Sheffter:

    “Oakland Raider DB Michael Huff has been targeted by the NFL rules committee as one of the players who will be placed on the leagues “watch list” with the recent crackdown on flagrant fouls/ blows to the head. The NFL says it will to everything in its power in order to prevent these players – namely Huff – from being injured by an offensive player while Huff is attempting to tackle these offensive players from behind while riding on their back.”

  • Jimbo

    Oregon Ducks demolished UCLA 60-13

    *******

    great win. I hope they make it to the BCS title game. Anybody but Boise.

  • DMAC

    Why not Boise and Oregon in the big game?

  • http://atm Raider O

    I hate the Pats, and their cheating HC, but they do have a good coaching staff. The players are always prepared, and they do their job.

  • DMAC

    FK those cock suckers!!!! (pats)

  • Jimbo

    ——————————————————-

    Isn’t it really the QBs fault for putting the WRs in a position to take those big hits?

    _______

    fine them too!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    I want to see a Boise State TCU National Title game….well, I wouldn’t actually watch it, but just knowing it was happeneing would be funny!

    That would be the fastest way to a playoff system in College Football.

  • J Hill

    Your thoughts on our problems? Still think it’s the LBs?

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    Trevor Scott was a HUGE issue for us starting at DE.

    I think the Frank Gore run was the only “mishap” we’ve had since he’s beem replaced.

    Seymour playing at 80% hasn’t helped.

    Tommy Kelly is terrible. Plays against single blocking most of the time and is doing next to nothing.

    Marshall has NO bhaallzzz either. Afraid to call his own game? Wife and child asking him WTF he’s doing?

    A hot mess from top to bottom mayne!

  • kokomo

    This week is a must win for the Raiders. In fact Raiders should be 5-4 by the bye week else it’s another lost season.

  • Jimbo

    DMAC Says:
    October 22nd, 2010 at 10:57 am
    Why not Boise and Oregon in the big game?

    ___________

    Boise is not in a real conf. that is why.

    I am an Alabama fan. The mighty SEC should always be in the title game

  • DMAC

    I’ve seen plenty of Boise games. These kids are the truth. Not much respect though. Would of been nice if they would of been moved to the Pac 10.
    But anyways, Go Cal Bears!

  • http://atm Raider O

    We need to hire a HC with Exp and a proven record, or hire a young talent like Harbaugh.

    We have talent (not enough), but We need Coaching.
    -Sanjay Lal?!?!
    -Waufle: DL is not playing well
    -Marshall: The D has the same problems, and they added another problem: pass coverage.
    -Hue: our offense is not doing much.
    -OL coach: he sucks
    -RBs coach: I miss Rathman.
    Cable: he is a Fat Monkey!

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