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Tom Cable Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 at 4:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A transcript of Raiders’ coach Tom Cable at his press briefing Wednesday following practice:

Cable: Heyward-Bey did not practice, he strained a hamstring last Tuesday at practice Schilens did not practice Zach Miller practiced limited, John Henderson practiced limited, as did Nnamdi Asomugha

Q: How much work did those three do?

Cable: It was a decent amount; hopefully it will be more Thursday, We want to kind of put them so through some things today and see how they feel Thursday. If they feel like they did at the end of practice, we’re probably going to get more and more out of them

Q: That sounds encouraging …

Cable: Very.

Q: Could you rank those three, who is the farthest from coming back?

Cable: Not really. I think they’re all about the same. They’re doing well

Q: How serious is Heyward-Bey’s injury?

Cable: It’s just sore. It’s a real slight strain, not real serious, but it’s one of those things where if you push it too much too quick, it could become serious.

Q: Did Schilens have a setback?

Cable: It’s not so much a setback, it’s responded really well when we’re on the field running straight ahead; it’s just a matter of being able to cut and coming in and out of cuts. Still not very smooth yet.

Q: What has been the impact of Hue Jackson?

Cable: He has been a big lift for us in that we’ve taken some stuff he brought from Baltimore and his past at Cincinnati and put it with what was here and he’s done a nice job meshing the whole thing together.Some of the specific things, a little more gap scheme in terms of running the football and I think his idea of throwing the ball down the field bodes well for what we’re trying to do. A lot of it is play-action. It’s been a real good fit that way.

Q: Roethlisberger very good when flushed out of the pocket, what’s the best way to defend him?

Cable: I think you have to keep him in the pocket. We’re very aware that one, escapeability, he may be as good as there is. Outside the pocket, he’s dramatically, to another level, dramatically better than most. So you want to squeeze him from all angles, whether it’s with pressure or with a four-man rush. The biggest thing is if you get your hands on him is to wrap him up. I think that’s the biggest thing. That’s the biggest thing. Very good at getting out of sacks and potential traffic. And then you stay in coverage on the back end, because that’s where he does a really good job is escaping and throwing the ball down the field.

Q: How much more difficult in that you play man, whereas on zone team might be looking at him, but in man guys can’t see him or what he’s doing?

Cable: I think as long as you plaster and stay on your man, you’re in good shape. I think it plays to our hands a little bit better because we are a man team. If you’re in zone and looking to him and he escapes and moves out you start losing people in coverage.

Q: You watched last year’s game and comeback with your team what point did that serve?

Cable: I watched it last year on Monday, but we used it as part of the breakdown to some extent. I think the importance is we were just there almost 12 months ago, that we went in there, hung in there, hung in there, and found a way to win the game. I think, when you talk about when you’re going to Pittsburgh , people want to talk about their style of play, talk about their crowd, a very football savvy group of people. Just the fact that we’ve been there, found a way to have success there and just to kind of reiterate the fact that this is another team.

Q: Players have been talking about how you connect with them. Who have been your coaching influences?

Cable: I think I’ve had a lot of good influences. My college coach was Dennis Erickson. My high school coach, Dick Armstrong. Guys who have mentored me in this league, Alex Gibbs, Steve Mariucci, Keith Gilbertson. I’ve had very good fortune in terms of who I’ve been around, and I think all those guys had one thing in common and that was they connected with the players.

Q: A lot of energy today as practice opened . . .

Cable: I think that comes with success. We’ve won a few games now and you come back from the bye, we’re healthier, we’re excited for the second half of the season. You look out there, and you all do a good job of kind of telling them where they’re at and what’s ahead of them and all that. So there is a lot of excitement, a lot of energy. We’re excited about going to Pittsburgh and the opportunity that’s ahead of it. And it just comes from finding some success.

Q: How do you address the danger of being overconfident?

Cable: I won’t let that happen. We haven’t done a damn thing, and that’s been our motto. We have got to keep grinding and fighting and going to work and cutting it loose and doing what we do. I think if I ever feel like we lose sight of that, I’ll reel them back in, but that’s not us, at least not yet.

Q: Do you feel as if you still have something to prove to people about your being a contender?

Cable: You do because we have to have that feeling. For one, we haven’t done anything yet. We have won three games in a row, we’re 5-4, we missed a kick in Arizona , we didn’t score a touchdown at San Francisco . And those two things kind of, from a coach’s standpoint, really gnaw at you because you kind of know what you’re team should be. But we’re not. So, in order to accomplish anything, we have got to keep doing our job, which is getting better.

Q:Do you sense a boost in Ford’s confidence after big game vs. KC?

Cable: Not really. I’ve kind of thought from the very beginning that Jacoby had that air about him. It was just a matter of getting him acclimated him, teaching him the system and then finding out where he fits. And what coaches do is, find out where can you use a guy and what kind of role can he have. But he’s always been a confident guy in who he is.\

Q: Can you emulate the Patriots and other teams that spread out the Steelers and beat them with the pass, or are you not built that way?

Cable: We’re really not. You hit it on the head. We have to be who we are. At the same time, you look at some of the issues that they had on Sunday night was about spreading them out and mixing them up. Where do you have that fine line between what we are and what our strengths are into trying to be something maybe a little more that way, meaning spread? At the end of the day, be who you are and you might mix in a few things.

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

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:36 am
    mistic1 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:33 am
    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Mistic1,
    What are your educated thoughts on Brady, Brees, Young,and Rivers.
    ===========================================================
    Why?
    ========================
    Just giving you an opportunity to give your views on other successful NFL QB’s.
    =======================
    And to verify my feelings that you appreciated great QB’s regardless of race.

  • mistic1

    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Mistic1,
    What are your educated thoughts on Brady, Brees, Young,and Rivers.

    =======================================================

    Not sure where this is going but ill bite.

    Young as gifted as he is, isnt in the same conversation as these other guys. he hasnt proven he can stay healthy. he has improved from the pocket, but i wouldnt put him in the same class as the others you mentioned.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:37 am
    Pitt is giving up 63 rush yds per game, and 252 pass yds per. Please be logical about this.

    +++++++++++++++++

    I wonder if this is one of those situations where their run defense is “artifically” good to speak because teams just know they can pass on the Steelers and so they don’t even bother running as much.

    Not saying Pitt’s defense isn’t legit–it is–but is it 63-yards-per-game legit against a DMac/Bush combo?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    What? no love for Freeman? that kid is good!

  • bcz24

    Not sure where this is going but ill bite.

    Young as gifted as he is, isnt in the same conversation as these other guys. he hasnt proven he can stay healthy. he has improved from the pocket, but i wouldnt put him in the same class as the others you mentioned.
    *********
    Again you singled out the 1 black QB in that mix and ignored the 3 white ones?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Pitts run D is legit. Its designed to put 5 people on the line of scrimmage. No way your running at Hampton. Pass the ball, Polamalu is better vs the Run than the Pass.

  • mistic1

    # aig-raiders Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Mistic only likes Black QB’s. It’s obvious from his list. I’ve noticed this for quite sometime now. I believe his list has always been Garrard, Campbell, Vick, Freeman, McNabb and now he has added Troy Smith.
    ==========================================================

    pathetic.

    You trying to speak for me is comical.

    I love the guys on that list and they are not the only ones.

    It has nothing to do with race.

    I like guys that throw and run. Im not too impressed with the statue qb’s. of course the immobile guys are also good, but i prefer guys that can improvise when the scheme breaks down. it is just that simple.

  • bcz24

    Pitts run D is legit. Its designed to put 5 people on the line of scrimmage. No way your running at Hampton. Pass the ball, Polamalu is better vs the Run than the Pass.
    *******
    Which is why, if you look closely, teams have the most success running on 3rd down against them, Casey Hampton can not play every snap. He is usually on the bench on 3rd and 5 or longer

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

    mistic1 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:39 am
    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Mistic1,
    What are your educated thoughts on Brady, Brees, Young,and Rivers.

    =======================================================

    Not sure where this is going but ill bite.

    Young as gifted as he is, isnt in the same conversation as these other guys. he hasnt proven he can stay healthy. he has improved from the pocket, but i wouldnt put him in the same class as the others you mentioned.
    ======================
    In your begrudging way, you did give Brees, Brady and Rivers credit. Thx No harm done.

  • RedneckRaider

    Trying to decide: Should I join in on the confederacy talk?

  • mistic1

    # bcz24 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Not sure where this is going but ill bite.

    Young as gifted as he is, isnt in the same conversation as these other guys. he hasnt proven he can stay healthy. he has improved from the pocket, but i wouldnt put him in the same class as the others you mentioned.
    *********
    Again you singled out the 1 black QB in that mix and ignored the 3 white ones?
    ===========================================================

    You are making a fool of yourself.

    i singled out young so I could explain why he isnt in the same class as brady, breeze or rivers.

    You are sick.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Pitts run D is legit. Its designed to put 5 people on the line of scrimmage. No way your running at Hampton. Pass the ball, Polamalu is better vs the Run than the Pass.
    *******
    Which is why, if you look closely, teams have the most success running on 3rd down against them, Casey Hampton can not play every snap. He is usually on the bench on 3rd and 5 or longer

    ========
    So whats your point? Run on 3rd & long?

  • PurpleDrank81

    See thats why Colin Kaepernick is perfect…… He’s Black and White so you guys dont have to argue over it and his stats are pretty close to Newtons but without all the drama lol

  • bcz24

    Manning rarely has to improvise. He reads the defense so quickly and accurately that the ball is gone before you get a hand on him. His difficulties this year are from all the injuries around him. Kevin Kolb had exactly the same production through the air when Vick was out as Vick, and that was without their best weapon in Desean Jackson. Yes, it is indisputable that Vick is the best running QB of all time, but the facts are clear that his success as a pocket passer this year is scheme and personal around him, more than it is his talent. If you disagree then you are clearly biased against white qbs because the passer numbers between Kolb and Vick are almost identical.

  • HairyBush

    Source: Raiders beat writer Vittorio Tafur

    Watching Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” and they said Tom Cable turned down appearance because he didn’t want to be on with co-host Warren Sapp
    ———————
    Good for Cable, FK Warren Sapp and his punk azz!

  • mistic1

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    mistic1 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:39 am
    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Mistic1,
    What are your educated thoughts on Brady, Brees, Young,and Rivers.

    =======================================================

    Not sure where this is going but ill bite.

    Young as gifted as he is, isnt in the same conversation as these other guys. he hasnt proven he can stay healthy. he has improved from the pocket, but i wouldnt put him in the same class as the others you mentioned.
    ======================
    In your begrudging way, you did give Brees, Brady and Rivers credit.

    ===========================================================

    there is nothing begrudging about it. bardy brees and rivers are better than young, simple

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    Please dont ever confuse me with calling you a bigot as “speaking for you”. You only like Black QB’s and it’s has always been obvious to me.

  • bcz24

    So whats your point? Run on 3rd & long?
    ******
    No Im saying do what no one else has been able to do… sustain a prolonged rushing attack, causing Hampton to gas and miss more than just 3rd and long plays.

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

    If you are examining my post looking for the race of qb’s i have touted this only further proves your small mindedness.

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

    Oh now I get it. For you, in “this century” it is OK to categorically exclude white QBs from your admiration, but it is “racist” and “disgusting” to notice.

    Carry on Archie.

  • bcz24

    Oh now I get it. For you, in “this century” it is OK to categorically exclude white QBs from your admiration, but it is “racist” and “disgusting” to notice.

    Carry on Archie.
    ********************
    Perfect diagnosis. Thank you. I am done with that conversation now.

  • LA to TheBay

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:48 am
    See thats why Colin Kaepernick is perfect…… He’s Black and White so you guys dont have to argue over it and his stats are pretty close to Newtons but without all the drama lol

    ——————

    Not good enough. He’s gotta be Chinese.

    The only black/white QB worthy of the discussion is science and sports crowning achievement Juice Campkowski.

  • mistic1

    # aig-raiders Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Mistic,

    Please dont ever confuse me with calling you a bigot as “speaking for you”. You only like Black QB’s and it’s has always been obvious to me.
    =============================================================

    I am not confused at all.

    You are making it a race issue, and trying to paint a picture that isnt accurate.

    You have no right to say what i do or dont like. based on the crap you post everyday, i doubt very seriously that you have attained a reading level high enough to grasp most of what i post.

    you are an embarrassment.

  • LA to TheBay

    Black or white, the ‘mobile QB’ only has limited success at the professional level. There a lot of guys that were succesful scramblers, but without good pocket presence and good mechanics, can’t survive in the NFL.

    They’re simply just good college players in a system vs. an opponent that allows for it.

    There’s no way with the size and speed of the defense that the spread option QB works.

    Vick’s most success in the league thus far has been as a pocket passer and looking to pass first.

  • Carl Weathers

    mistic1 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    It has nothing to do with race.

    I like guys that throw and run. Im not too impressed with the statue qb’s. of course the immobile guys are also good, but i prefer guys that can improvise when the scheme breaks down. it is just that simple.

    **********************
    By this statement you are a Gradkowski fan?

  • bcz24

    You have no right to say what i do or dont like
    *********
    You have no right to say what I have or have not seen, yet you do it. You have no right to say what I can or can not comprehend. You do that do.

    You are the embarrassment.

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

    Juice Campkowski. LOL.

    Lets see, where did he got to college… The University of Grambling at Buffalo?

  • Carl Weathers

    What mobile QB has won the Super Bowl?

    I can only think of Steve Young off the top of my head…

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Hard to predict the matchup Sunday.
    It really depends on how prepared Huge Action and J-Camp are going up against this Defense. I know Big Rich and the Marshall plan will be in full effect early on, and our special teams are playing well.
    It will be up to Hue and J-Camp. They gotta limit turnovers, and make conversions on 3rd downs and in the Red Zone.

    Imo, If we can play with Pits, we can play with any team in this league.
    J-Camp did not look good against KC at all, but he has earned the start. Now lets see how he does with it.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Has there ever been an eskimo quarterback

  • PurpleDrank81

    That can solve the problem

  • mistic1

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    If you are examining my post looking for the race of qb’s i have touted this only further proves your small mindedness.

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

    Oh now I get it. For you, in “this century” it is OK to categorically exclude white QBs from your admiration, but it is “racist” and “disgusting” to notice.

    Carry on Archie.
    ==========================================================

    # bcz24 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Perfect diagnosis. Thank you. I am done with that conversation now.

    ==========================================================

    The fact that you cats are so stuck on race is frightening, i havent even mentioned it. i wrote about qb’s yo took a magnifying glass to it, looking for white guys?!?!

    truly sad.

    I havent excluded anyone based on anything but on the field talent.

    You guys should hop off your sisters and go raccoon hunting, or what ever it is your into, and leave the football talk to non neanderthals.

    Thank you.

  • aig-raiders

    You are correct. It takes a big amount of self control to be able to read your posts and not fall off the chair. So I usually ignore it. But I only jump in today because I’m just glad to see a few other bloggers on here finally calling you for what you are …. a bigot.

  • LA to TheBay

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:59 am
    Juice Campkowski. LOL.

    Lets see, where did he got to college… The University of Grambling at Buffalo?
    ——————————

    LOL, no Juice Campkowski used to be Bruce and Jason. Al funded this clandestine experiment using money he saved on not paying head coaches over the years.

    He has since lost a grievance to only pay him one salary.

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

    Elway was pretty mobile, and Fran Tarkenton got to the dance a few times. Staubach could move around well too.

  • Carl Weathers

    Remebered fran after I posted, don’t know how I forgot Elway though!

  • mistic1

    # LA to TheBay Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Black or white, the ‘mobile QB’ only has limited success at the professional level. There a lot of guys that were succesful scramblers, but without good pocket presence and good mechanics, can’t survive in the NFL.

    They’re simply just good college players in a system vs. an opponent that allows for it.

    There’s no way with the size and speed of the defense that the spread option QB works.

    Vick’s most success in the league thus far has been as a pocket passer and looking to pass first.
    ===========================================================

    Too much hype on this board.

    People think just because a guy is mobile, this automatically means he isnt a pocket passer.

    This is not true. because a qb is a good runner doesnt mean he cant or isnt a pocket passer.

    Steve young was mobile, he was a great pocket passer. its not about one or the other, the best guys have both.

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

    Mistic1
    “there is nothing begrudging about it. bardy brees and rivers are better than young, simple”
    ===============================
    Guys, he did give credit to the 3 QB’s above and I praise him for it. In boxing, some like the fleet of foot who circle and jab. Like Ali, Leonard, Jack Johnson. Others like Brawlers like Dempsey, Frazier, LaMotta. What I found out is a preference for a mobile QB and those are generally Black. No problem, Fran Tarkenton fit that mold.

  • LA to TheBay

    You guys should hop off your sisters and go raccoon hunting, or what ever it is your into, and leave the football talk to non neanderthals.

    Thank you.

    ———–

    And listen to your Hank Williams and watch your NASCAR and drive your beat up IROC.

  • mistic1

    # aig-raiders Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    You are correct. It takes a big amount of self control to be able to read your posts and not fall off the chair. So I usually ignore it. But I only jump in today because I’m just glad to see a few other bloggers on here finally calling you for what you are …. a bigot.
    ===========================================================

    Blind specualtion, and way off base as per usual. You are ridiculous.

    I like mobile qb’s…that makes me a bigot?

    You are a joke

  • LA to TheBay

    Steve young was mobile, he was a great pocket passer. its not about one or the other, the best guys have both.

    ———————

    We agree. Like I said, there’s very few guys that achieve success as mobile QBs in the NFL and if they do, it’s because they had good pocket presence and awareness.

    Typically, the best scramblers are not good pure runners. Just good athletes that can find daylight when the play breaks down.

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

    And listen to your Hank Williams and watch your NASCAR and drive your beat up IROC.

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

    Speaking of Rockstar… must be out noodling. Just watch out for the snappers.

  • aig-raiders

    Having a mobile QB that runs often can work against you. It’s like having a point guard that scores often (Allen Iverson). You dont see this type of point guard having much success as a “team” in the NBA. At the end of the day, a good QB needs to get his receivers involved. Mike Vick has always been a successful scrambler but his team struggled. I believe Mike Vick learning how to be a throwing QB this year is finally paying off with that combination. I see him running only as a “last” resort now.

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

    Raiders at Steelers

    Florio’s take: In each of the last two years that the Steelers defended a Super Bowl championship, they played the Raiders. And the Raiders won. This year, the Raiders are much improved, and the Steelers are sliding again due to another rash of injuries. It’s hard to imagine the Steelers losing two in a row at home. Then again, it was impossible to imagine the Steelers losing five in a row last season.

    Florio’s pick: Raiders 20, Steelers 17.

  • mistic1

    # Carl Weathers Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    What mobile QB has won the Super Bowl?

    I can only think of Steve Young off the top of my head…
    ============================================================

    Staubach, elway, young , montana ( not as mobile as the others but he was mobile before his back surgeries),Theisman

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

    Any great Chinese QB’s on the horizon? Billions are waiting!

  • LA to TheBay

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:08 am
    And listen to your Hank Williams and watch your NASCAR and drive your beat up IROC.

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

    Speaking of Rockstar… must be out noodling. Just watch out for the snappers.

    ————————–

    I think he was always a redneck at heart. Just discovered his true calling once he moved to Deliverance.

  • bcz24

    It doesnt take a magnifying glass when you are clearly a proponent of only black QBs. When asked to discuss the merits of 4 qbs 3 white 1 black, you chose to ignore the 3 white, and only discuss the black one. You may or may not be a racist, I dont really care to be honest with you, but you are doing absolutely nothing to refute our perception. Name calling only solidifies my opinion. You have no facts to stand by so you reduce yourself to feeble minded insults.

    Again you are the embarassment.

  • DMAC

    I think two main keys to winning are going to be picking up Pitts blitzes and not turning the ball over. I think Pitts is 8+ in the turnover ratio.

  • LA to TheBay

    Staubach, elway, young , montana ( not as mobile as the others but he was mobile before his back surgeries),Theisman

    —————–

    Exactly. These were all guys that were mechanically sound (although Steve was a bit unconventional) that happened to be good enough athletes to escape pressure and make plays with their feet.

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

    Maybe Vick is awesome. I just realized he had Greg Knapp holding him back in ATL.