Cable Q&A

A transcription of Raiders’ coach Tom Cable’s post-practice briefing with the Bay Area media:

Cable: OK, injury update, Heyward-Bey practiced limited. Schilens did not practice. Gallery practiced limited, he’s got a leg contusion, nothing serious. Zach Miller practiced limited. Trevor Scott was played on injured reserve today. We signed Jarvis Moss in his place. Nnamdi Asomugha practiced limited. Tyvon Branch practiced limited, he’s got a sore shoulder, nothing serious. Hiram Eugene has got a stinger in the game, nothing serious, practiced limited. And Chris Johnson did not practice.

Q: Last week good and bad with Chaz, what happened Friday?

Cable: The foot got sore again. So we’re kind of going back and forth between the two issues. One being the foot, originally, and then the knee, and now it’s back to the foot. It is a bit of a setback, we’ll just have to see how much and how long.

Q: How is he holding up?

Cable: It’s tough for him. He’s one of those guys he wears his emotions on his sleeve and it’s very important to him and all that and it’s very frustrating right now, obviously.

Q: What are the chances of Nnamdi being able to play this week?

Cable: Good. He’s good.

Q: Did you think he was going to go vs. Pittsburgh ?

Cable: Well, I was hoping he would, but he was not able to just cut it loose and go a hundred percent, and when we worked him out Sunday it was really the same thing. You can’t put a guy in a position like that, but he’s much better today and practiced well and I think he’s fine.

Q: Severity of Chris Johnson’s injury?

Cable: It’s a groin strain, so those are kind of touch and go, they tend not to linger too long but he was pretty sore this morning so it was better to not practice him.

Q: Was this kind of a day where you wouldn’t want to practice him, cold, etc.

Cable: Maybe not, with the temperatures and all that.

Q: What’s the word on Jarvis Moss?

Cable: He practiced today. Obviously he has some pass rush ability that’s pretty apparent. Kind of a tall, lanky kid, with some NFL background, so we’ll see how fast we can incorporate him if it’s possible, in terms of this week being short with him just getting here but we’ll see what happens down the road.

Q: A lot more work Shaughnessy if Moss isn’t ready?

Cable: I think we’re pretty fortunate that we’ve got some guys here in Bruce Davis that I think is a viable solution, as well as Jarvis, again, just got to find out what he’s capable of what he can bring to the table.

Q: How many snaps was Shaughnessy getting?

Cable: I would say he’s probably in that 40-plus range.

Q:Would he stay in that 40 play range or have to play more?

Cable: No, I think they’re all going to have to play a little more just because of the situation until we can settle on who we feel like can give us some help.

Q: Any thought of having Seymour play end?

Cable: No. I don’t think so.

Q: You mentioned Davis … would he play end or would he go to OLB and Groves to DE?

Cable: We’re going to look at both, yeah.

Q: Your thoughts on the Dolphins?

Cable: It’s a good team, a fine defense. I talked to the team today, you know, you have to work hard when you play them because they play extremely hard. You can see Mike Nolan’s signature all over it. Very physical, run to the ball, very sound, lot of pressure. Offensively they have some issues with their quarterback obviously but it looks like their offensive line is going to be healthy and back intact. They have the ability to run the football very well, and then they’ve got three receivers. You just don’t know the health of Brandon Marshall.

Q: How did Scott get hurt?

Cable: He just took a shot and the knee shifted covering a punt.

Q: How big of a loss is losing him?

Cable: I think it’s huge. We’ve been fortunate to not lose too many guys like this. I think this is a big loss but somebody’s going to have to step up. He does do a lot for our football team, playing in base defense as well as third down and (on) a number of special teams. He’s right up there making tackles on special teams with the leaders. Big loss but we’re going to have to rally.

Q: His sack numbers are down but is he applying a lot of pressure?

Cable: If you look, those other guys, they’ve enjoyed that luxury. His tempo, his effort to the quarterback has pushed that quarterback to a lot of sacks with the other guys. They’ve benefited from Trevor’s effort, no question.

Q: Your run game, was it just Pittsburgh, was it you . . .

Cable: The answer to all of that is a yes. We have to do a better job of doing what we do and being a little stubborn with it, not too much but a little more. And as I said, you have to give them credit, they played very well. But we’re better than that and we’re disappointed in that kind of effort.

Q: Any concern of overlooking Dolphins after Steelers?

Cable: It’s about us, not about anybody else. That’s our focus and today they showed me they got it. I feel good about where we’re going. Miami is a good team. They have too many good players on that team to doubt this or doubt that, or question anything. It’s about us.

Q: Where did Cameron Wake come from?

Cable: He played at Penn State and then went up to Canada and really made a name for himself. He’s not been a secret once he got to the NFL. He’s been here two years. He’s very much a dynamic guy.

Q: He will be over Veldheer?

Cable: Both. Both sides.

Q: How much will Veldheer benefit from having to go against Harrison and struggling a little bit?

Cable: A great deal. I think that part of, when you’re put in a situation like that, part of growth is failure. I obviously don’t want the quarterback sacked – that’s not kind of failure I am talking about, that’s the extreme end of it – but he’ll learn from it because that’s who he is. Those guys, it’s that old saying: Iron sharpens iron. Those guys definitely know how to bring it, definitely have been through the battles, definitely have been in and won the Super Bowl. So you get something great if you pay attention to it, a great lesson to take from it, and there’s no question he will He will.

Q: Is Wake a speed, high intensity type rusher?

Cable: Yeah, he can go speed to power on you. Very good run player. I think it’s a lot of what we just came from, but maybe more speed.

Q: Does it matter who plays QB for them, or is it all about stopping the run?

Cable: Yeah, I think you gotta get after the running game. They’ve got really good runners and their offensive line is getting healthy it looks like, with the center coming back, Incognito moving back to guard where he’s comfortable and Long kind of getting through the shoulder issue. That’s a good line. So, you gotta get after the run game. That’s what they do. And yet they have three outstanding receivers and also a good tight end.

Q: They’re not using Wildcat anymore. Do you still keep it in back of your mind?

Cable: You prepare for it, there’s no question. That would be a stone, that if you left it unturned, it would probably get you.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • inonewordraider

    He’s one of those guys he wears his emotions on his sleeve


  • priesttj

    We get to play smash mouth football this week not a lot of cute stuff just block and tackle. And we’re at home should be good lets see where we’re at and if we’re mature enough to get back on track.

  • YoungAmerican

    # inonewordraider Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    He’s one of those guys he wears his emotions on his sleeve



    Oh f**k off with that bulls**t. The kid’s career is falling apart because he can’t stay healthy. He had a lot of potential and played in some big games for the Raiders. Now he’s reaching the end of the road and he knows it. Have a little compassion.

    Here you are sitting on your ass, wasting time on a postboard. Like your body could handle a single f**king down of professional football.

  • SnB Production

    Professional sports is unforgiving. That’s why they tell these kids to get that education because nothing in sport is guaranteed.

    I feel for Schilens. He knows that he had a great opportunity and its probably going to go away. Genetics play a role too. Some guys are fast healers and others are just susceptible to injury. THat’s life…regardless of how it turns out…he got a lot furter than most kids

    As for the Raiders, they have to make arrangements in the offseason to get a starting caliber receiver for Schilens role. Invite Schilens to camp and let him compete…but go out in the draft or free agency and get somebody.

    This Raider passing game is atrocious

  • YoungAmerican

    Well said, SnB.

  • priesttj

    It’s a done deal SnB he has cost us way too much they’ll get two guy’s to replace him trust me. We’ve lost a few games trying to depend on Chaz he is just injury prone and in this league those are cuss words.

    It’s good he plays a position where it’s easy to find guy’s to fill his role. The only problem is you need a lot of them. You need 5 WR’s that can play to have a decent rec corp.

  • ottocrat

    “…he was not able to just cut it loose and go a hundred percent…”

    I think it’s time to cut loose the ‘cut it loose’ cliche’. It sounds great after winning three in a row, but not so much after getting rectalraped by Pittsburg.

  • YoungAmerican

    Trade 2012 1st rounder for 2011 1st rounder

    1st round – C Stephen Wisniewski (Penn State)
    2nd round – WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)
    3rd round – QB Nathan Enderle (Idaho)
    5th round – CB Davon House (New Mexico State)
    6th round – NT Ian Williams (Notre Dame)

    Sign FA G Harvey Dahl, RT Jared Gaither

    Re-sign Seymour, Gallery, Huff, Bush, Routt.

  • tuckrulefool

    Bye, bye, Chaz. We barely knew ya….

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    If the Raiders can’t convert 3rd downs, the defense will wear down, and we won’t like the smashmouth style.

    Hue Jackson/OB’s have to know how to convert 3rd downs!!!!!

  • DKnight007

    DMC is the stud of the offense of course….but this ridiculous QB thing is going to make or break the team when it comes to making the playoffs.

    If JC plays lifeless again in the 1st half….Cable and Hue better go with Grads pronto!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    That QB has to know how to walk up to the line, read the defense and know where his first down play is, and/or get into that first down play.

  • DKnight007

    Fins banged up….Raiders need to beat these guys….no questions asked.

    Stop the run and contain Brown and Williams and watch out for Bess and the trick plays.

    Henned and Marshall are banged up bad and they will not want to play in the cold this weekend up here.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    3.Dirtiest Raccoon Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    59.YoungAmerican Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    # Dirtiest Raccoon Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    31.YoungAmerican Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:45 pm
    Stephen Wisniewski with our first pick in 2011. Find a way to trade up.


    This would be awesome, but I’m not sure what they would use to trade up a handful of spots. 5th round pick? Future draft picks?


    We MUST use our 2012 first round pick to get this guy!

    This team needs to win while the window is open! This team is a good O-line and a good QB from being GREAT!

    Make it happen AL!


    Wouldn’t be a bad deal.

    So if that happens:

    Trade 2012 1st rounder for 2011 1st rounder
    1st round – C Stephen Wisniewski (Penn State)
    2nd round – WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)
    3rd round – QB Nathan Enderle (Idaho)
    5th round – OG Will Rackley (Lehigh) or CB Davon House (New Mexico State)
    6th round – NT Ian Willaims (Notre Dame)

    Sign FA G Harvey Dahl, RT Jared Gaither

    Re-sign Seymour, Gallery, Huff, Bush, Routt.


    Yes Seymour, Gallery, Bush are must haves.

    FA Gaither would be a HUGE upgrade!

    Routt, and Huff only if no better options come up.

    We may need to still go OL in the second round for depth and quality.

  • YoungAmerican

    Yes Seymour, Gallery, Bush are must haves.

    FA Gaither would be a HUGE upgrade!

    Routt, and Huff only if no better options come up.

    We may need to still go OL in the second round for depth and quality.


    If a top-rated T or G falls into the second round, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

    I think Huff has been playing well, and it could be hard to find a guy to immediately replace him and play well as a one-deep safety. If he leaves, though, I would try to work out a trade with New England and bring in FS Jarrad Page.

    I’m not thrilled with Routt, but unless a guy like Ras-I Dowling falls to the Raiders in the second round it might not be easy to replace him. I’m still hoping Walter McFadden comes along enough to be a contender for a starting spot next season.

  • http://oaklandtribune.com r8dr4lfe21

    Sweep runs and screens will make the DB’s creep closer. Play action will get them burnt. It’s not hard, those are quick plays for the QB. Should get him into rhythm, WR bubble screens if they play off, make them come to you. We need to dictate our offense not allow them to have us doing what they want. They blitz screen play, they play off, bubble screen, they stack the line, run sweep.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    If Bush stays it will say a lot about how much he buys into the system we are running. If he doesn’t come back we will need another RB!

  • YoungAmerican

    # Dirtiest Raccoon Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    If Bush stays it will say a lot about how much he buys into the system we are running. If he doesn’t come back we will need another RB!


    Indeed. Luckily it seems that RB is one of the easier positions to find in the draft, especially if it’s just for a change of pace back.

    Bush is a great talent, very versatile player, but the Raiders probably can’t afford to pay him like a starter.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell
  • Plunketthead

    Just as I expected. Uncoolkell # 1 Raider hater%

  • Guy

    usually picks the raiders, picked the steelrs last week though and he was right. I started wathing his vids since the beginning of the 3 win streak and has been right since then.

  • http://atm Raider O

    This team is improving, but we need to fix a few issues before we can become a great team.
    1- We need to fix the OL. I think Veldheer is a great talent for a 3rd RD pick, but he is more of a RT since he has great power but can’t keep up with speed. Same issue with Walker at RT. Next year, I think Veldheer should play RT, Walker play RG, and Campbell at LT.
    2- We need to add another CB, unless McFadden develops into a good CB.
    3- We need to add a blocking FB to use on some downs like GL, short yardage situations, etc…
    4- improve the coaching staff. Sanjay lal should be fired.
    5- draft C, OL, QB, CB, OLB, DT, and FB.

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  • beach

    Nnamdi better be ready to go on Sunday! We need to jump on the Dolphins early. Campbell needs to respond with a better than average game. This is a must win, and people need to show up and support their team!