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Tom Cable Q&A

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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  • LA to TheBay

    None were pure runners like most college spread option QBs.

  • DMAC

    Most exciting play…….
    Huff’s sack w/ Branch taking it to the house or Jacoby’s snatch of flowers to set up the OT?

  • mistic1

    # aig-raiders Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Having a mobile QB that runs often can work against you.

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    Dont back pedal, mobile does not mean run often. Mobile only implies his ability to break the pocket and improvise when the blocking breaks down. Either escaping the rush to throw 9 most preferabbly0 or run if nothing opens. david garrad is mobile, but he is a hell of a pocket passer as well.

    i like the combo guys.

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    Why is it so hard for you to say you like Black QB’s? It’s quite obvious when there are 32 starting QB’s in this league and your list only has black QB’s on it, including a college guy. Dude, man up and just admit it.

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

    Deliverance.
    “Make him squeal like a pig!” To the sound of Dueling Banjo’s!

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

    Trade Jon Condo for a black longsnapper!

  • LA to TheBay

    Huff’s sack w/ Branch taking it to the house

    only because it was so unconventional.

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

    Sorry, I meant “mobile” longsnapper.

    I can’t believe you racists are reading into my posts! Stop speaking for me!

  • DMAC

    # LA to TheBay Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Huff’s sack w/ Branch taking it to the house

    only because it was so unconventional.
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    Yeah, I think so too. Both were great plays though.

  • DMAC

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Trade Jon Condo for a black longsnapper!
    ========
    I heard Chad Ocho Cinco was a great long snapper in high school.
    LMAO
    Naw, I’m just fk’n w/ you.

  • mistic1

    # bcz24 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    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.
    ===========================================================

    You have a problem. i was talking qb’s you started talking race, it is clear cut.

    Again I chose young to explain why he is disqualified for the discussion with brady brees and rivers.

    I think the moonshine is affecting your brain.

  • LA to TheBay

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:15 am
    Sorry, I meant “mobile” longsnapper.

    I can’t believe you racists are reading into my posts! Stop speaking for me!
    —————————–

    Your racist ways took root on the Venice blacktops when all you saw were them Jheri Curls above the rim smoking you in 3 on 3 with your 5’9″ white buddies.

  • mistic1

    # aig-raiders Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Mistic,

    Why is it so hard for you to say you like Black QB’s? It’s quite obvious when there are 32 starting QB’s in this league and your list only has black QB’s on it, including a college guy. Dude, man up and just admit it.
    ===========================================================

    What list are we talking about?

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

    LOL DMAC. 85 does seem like the type to bend over…

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

    Dueling Banjo’s classic:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tqxzWdKKu8

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

    Your racist ways took root on the Venice blacktops when all you saw were them Jheri Curls above the rim smoking you in 3 on 3 with your 5′9″ white buddies.

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

    Perhaps! But there were no white buddies…

  • LA to TheBay

    Who woulda thought that TO would be the serious professional on the Bengals?

    Good for him. TOs having a great season. Why didn’t we sign him again?

  • DMAC

    Heading to the “big game” this weekend in Berkeley. Hopefully it doesn’t rain and spoil the fun.

  • LA to TheBay

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Your racist ways took root on the Venice blacktops when all you saw were them Jheri Curls above the rim smoking you in 3 on 3 with your 5′9″ white buddies.

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

    Perhaps! But there were no white buddies…

    ————————

    You’re just mad that your afro never quite looked the same. Packed up and moved to Michigan where you could manufacture weapons of mass destruction.

  • OG-RAIDERRR

    I only like asian and pacific islander QB’s :)

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    Can you refresh our memory with your list of favorite QB’s again please?

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

    Welcome back Big John Henderson, cloggin it up!

  • DMAC

    I only like Mexican QB’s. (Sanchez)

  • Carl Weathers

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Who woulda thought that TO would be the serious professional on the Bengals?

    Good for him. TOs having a great season. Why didn’t we sign him again?
    ****************
    Because we have DHB, Chaz & Murphy.

  • Carl Weathers

    Speaking of Murphy, is he back at practice? Didn’t see Jerry mention him lately.

  • aig-raiders

    I think Al Davis wanted both TO and Vick. I dont think those guys wanted to be here though.

  • DMAC

    # Carl Weathers Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Who woulda thought that TO would be the serious professional on the Bengals?

    Good for him. TOs having a great season. Why didn’t we sign him again?
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    Because we have DHB, Chaz & Murphy.
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    YES! The great DHB!

  • LA to TheBay

    Murphy should go.

  • aig-raiders

    Murphy is back.

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

    Man this Dexter show is great! Netflix watch instantly rules!

  • DMAC

    # Carl Weathers Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Speaking of Murphy, is he back at practice? Didn’t see Jerry mention him lately.
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    Murph is ready to go this Sunday.

  • LA to TheBay

    Yeah, I heard that Al went after Vick. Rev. Dungy advised against it.

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

    You’re just mad that your afro never quite looked the same. Packed up and moved to Michigan where you could manufacture weapons of mass destruction.

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    LOL. The route went Michigan to Venice to USMC to Oxy/Eagle Rock to Venice (again) to rural Chitown.

    And the corps stole my hair pride foreva.

  • OG-RAIDERRR

    Murph Dog !

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

    24-17 Oakland.
    Z. Miller and L. Murphy all day!

  • LA to TheBay

    LOL. The route went Michigan to Venice to USMC to Oxy/Eagle Rock to Venice (again)
    ————-

    Relapse. Dr. Bo the Street Pharmasist Returns.

  • DMAC

    I don’t think DHB will play this Sunday. If thats the case……
    Who will have the bigger day?
    Ford or Murph?

  • Carl Weathers

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:29 am
    Yeah, I heard that Al went after Vick. Rev. Dungy advised against it.
    **********
    Vick is looking sharp this year but I would still like to see a pitbull get onto the field and tear into his ass!
    ———–
    Didn’t Groves say he had all kinds of negative feedback after his trade to the Raiders?

  • mistic1

    # aig-raiders Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Mistic,

    Can you refresh our memory with your list of favorite QB’s again please?
    ============================================================

    i have never posted a list of my favorite nfl qb’s.

    Slap your self

  • aig-raiders

    Bo,

    How long were you in the corp? Grunt or POG?

  • ArmChair GM

    11 TD’s and no INT’s…

    Michael Vick is the best QB in the NFL right now. Get over it.

  • Carl Weathers

    DMAC Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:33 am
    I don’t think DHB will play this Sunday. If thats the case……
    Who will have the bigger day?
    Ford or Murphy?
    *************8
    I think Zach Miller wins us this game… but between Murphy and Ford, I gotta go with Ford even though I drive a Chev!

  • aig-raiders

    of course you did,….you’re backtracking hard now…

    Garrard, Campbell, Vick, McNabb, Cam Newton and now Troy Smith.

  • mistic1

    spread offnese doesnt mean the qb is a pure runner. more media hype.

    Brady rothlisberger, manning, brees are certainly not pure runners, and they are in the shot gun spread at least half of the snaps.

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

    Relapse. Dr. Bo the Street Pharmasist Returns.

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

    Followed soon by the life-altering realization that LA County cramped my personal style.

  • ArmChair GM

    11 TD’s and no INT’s…

    Michael Vick is the best QB in the NFL right now. Get over it.
    _____________________________________________________

    Unfortunately Vick doesn’t play for the Silver & Black…

    Now as regards Jason Campbell…

    If Campbell can work on his accuracy 1)across the middle, 2)on the deep throws, and 3)when he rolls to his right, he is capable of leading us into the postseason and beyond.

    Basically, dude has accuracy issues. His passes across the middle consistently sail high, and he consistently under throws deep passes.

    If he puts the time and work in, hopefully he can fix these issues. Otherwise, he will cost us in a big way. He’s getting away with it now because of team heroics.

    But as the race to the post season gets more intense, those mistakes will kill us when it counts the most.

    He’s got to get it fixed and fixed right now.

    But I’m rooting for the guy though.

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

    Aig,

    I was 0844 Fire Direction Control from 86-91.

  • mistic1

    aig,

    You are a liar.

    Show me a post that says “my favorite nfl qb list”

    If not, (and you wont because it doesnt exist), feel free to stop posting.

  • LA to TheBay

    mistic1 Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:38 am
    spread offnese doesnt mean the qb is a pure runner. more media hype.

    Brady rothlisberger, manning, brees are certainly not pure runners, and they are in the shot gun spread at least half of the snaps.

    ———————-

    I said spread option in case this was in reference to what I mentioned.

    Yeah, those QBs have the vision and the protection to be able to spread it out. Also, a quick decision and quick release is key.

  • bcz24

    Dakota Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:29 am
    Man this Dexter show is great! Netflix watch instantly rules!
    ****
    Which season are you on Dakota? That show is fantastic!