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Cable Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 4:21 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A transcript of Raiders coach Tom Cable’s post-game press briefing Wednesday with the Bay Area media:

Cable: Chaz Schilens practiced in a limited role, see if he can do a little bit more tomorrow. Zach Miller practiced limited, Bruce Gradkowski did not, Richard Seymour practiced limited, Asomugha, Branch and Chris Johnson did not practice.

Q: Which of those are most likely to play?

Cable: I would say Branch and then Asomugha, both of those guys.

Q: Asomugha went for second MRI, did it prove OK?

Cable::It’s just sore.

Q: Thoughts on Ford being AFC Special teams player of the month?

Cable: I just heard that. That’s a tremendous deal for our team. Obviously he has made a couple of big plays but he’s growing and he’s showing up more and more with each game. Hopefully we can do it again in December.

Q: Might he return punts at some point?

Cable: It’s something that we worked on at camp. I think that maybe that will be in his future but not right now.

Q: : Difference between a punt returner and kickoff returner?

Cable: :It’s the ball. The mentality’s the same but it’s a much different football that’s coming down. One’s turning over and spiraling and it matters whether it’s a right-footed or left-footed kicker, how the ball moves right to left and left to right, where kickoffs are end over end and pretty much sail.

Q: Is Jacoby currently a starter?

Cable: Based on our health at that position, yes.

Q: So you expect him to be out there this week?

Cable: Just depends on the health at that position.

Q: Is Darrius still struggling . . .

Cable: Actually he looked good today. Practiced the whole practice, looked very good, caught a lot of balls, a lot of tough balls today. It’s good to see him back.

Q: There was an issue vs. Miami with his health?

Cable: A little bit. He was tight and sore before the game.

Q: Could Chaz play this week?

Cable: Let’s see what tomorrow brings before we go down that path. But I just talked to him after practice and he said he felt really good, so that’s a real positive.

Q: Thomas Howard reinserted himself back in the defense?

Cable: I think we’re getting there. I think he showed up the other day when Kamerion got the cut in his hand and had to go in there and play some snaps and did a really good job. So I think, A, he’s back healthy and B, if he’s needed I think he’s ready to go.

Q: Do you see him as a strong side or weak side player?

Cable: I think really they’re kind of inner-changeable. So you would say, both ways.

Q: On the other side, Goethel is playing more often now, is in the mix also?

Cable: You know, it’s been about 50-50. But yes, he’s playing more because obviously he wasn’t in there for quite some time. But I think those two guys are splitting time and he’s doing some good things and we’ll just take that as it goes.

Q: How did Shaughnessy show up with the additional work with Trevor Scott out?

Cable: There’s an issue there in terms of getting the right rotation now because of really only having the two. We’ll see what we can get done with Jarvis Moss this week in terms of preparation, if we ca get him as part of that rotation.

Q: How much did Shaughnessy play?

Cable: A ton. I don’t have the snaps right off the top of my head but it was quite a bit.

Q: Speaking of the rotation, will any of these guys play end and tackle?

Cable: You know, the one guy that can do that is Desmond Bryant. He can play inside and then move outside to spell you. But I would say, maybe in nickel, you might see Lamarr Houston go inside. We’ve done that a little bit. But really, to answer your question, no, I don’t see those guys moving in there very much.

Q: What went into decision to have Nick Miller inactive?

Cable: Numbers. You only get 45, plus your 3rd quarterback and we’re only going to dress four receivers, at least at this point.

Q: Is Bruce healthy enough to be your 3rd QB?

Cable: We’ll see about that. He is sore, no worse for wear in terms of the damage from before. But if he took another shot, we’ll have to see how this goes.

Q: If he’s not, are you comfortable two quarterbacks or would you look for a third quarterback?

Cable: Well I think that’s something that will have to be sat down and discussed, you know? And we’ll know that here pretty quick on that, I’m sure.

Q: Are you optimistic he’ll be healthy by end of season?

Cable: Potentially. I mean, they’re telling me it’s a week or two now, so, um, you’re talking about five weeks from now. Maybe.

Q: Jason is the starter this weekend?

Cable: He is.

Q: Your thoughts on playing the Chargers at their place?

Cable: I’m excited. We’re all excited. It is what it is. It’s Oakland and San Diego. We’re playing in the division. You have a chance to win another division game against a very good team, a hot team right now, but we’re excited about this challenge.

Q: How does the injury to Gates affect what they like to do on offense?

Cable: You know, when he was playing so well early in the year, it’s pretty easy to see. A lot of things were going through him and to him, and all it’s done is really make Phillip kind of spread the ball around a little more.

Q: Are they tougher to defend because Rivers has been forced to spread it around so much because of injuries?

Cable: Yeah, I don’t know if they’re tougher to defend. I mean, I think Antonio is such a quality, quality player. He’s proven he can take over games, he’s tough to matchup in the red zone, tough on third down, and so even though you know there’s probably a good chance he’s probably gonna’ get it, you still have to defend him.

Q: Will Huff have the matchup with Gates?

Cable: : It could be Huff or Branch, either one, yeah. It could be Mike Mitchell as well.

Q: Who is the nickel if Chris Johnson can’t play?

Cable: You know, we’ll have to decide that here in the next few days.

Q:How has Walter McFadden bounced back this week after the rough game against Miami?

Cable: Very good today. Very good. You know, he’s hungry to get going again, and that’s really, as I’ve said, we just really need to get back to being who we are.

Q: Some of the players have admitted that they came out flat — no intensity — against the Dolphins. Does that concern you?

Cable: Sure it does. I think that when you’re playing for something, the excitement of what you’re playing for, I think handles that. We started off the game in fine fashion, but I really felt like from the third series on we weren’t getting much done. We kind of traded with them a little bit, but that’s not good enough when you have a chance to take over a game and we didn’t. We got taken over.

Q: Have you addressed the team about that?

Cable: Absolutely.

Q: Chargers have great numbers in November and December — Besides talent, why?

Cable:: I really think it’s, you know, you’ve got a veteran team that really has been there and done it. I think they understand what it takes and how you have to be down the stretch, you know a coaching staff who’s been there and done it. So I think the combination of the two, a very mature team that knows how to handle themselves.

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

    The Raiders Offense has dropped to number 30 in 3rd down conversions.

    That’s their problem pure & simple. Look at that stat, and correlate it with the Top Teams in the NFL.

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?offensiveStatisticCategory=GAME_STATS&season=2010&seasonType=REG&d-447263-o=2&conference=ALL&tabSeq=2&role=TM&d-447263-p=1&d-447263-s=DOWN_3RD_PERCENTAGE&d-447263-n=1

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

    I could have sworn I read #351 once before KK!

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I hope Lebron hobbles off the court to an avalanche of empty beer cups tonight.
    ——————————-
    So many self-righteous haters!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Remember the 2011 lockout situation. I think they will play football, but holdout half-way through the preseason.

    So a lot of teams aren’t going to bring in a new staff and install a new system, and be way behind the eightball as compared to other teams with continuity at the HC position.

    If Cable won’t be back, it will be Hue, and really that is like the difference between drinking two forties or a 6 pack. One is easier to dispose off and costs less, the other has fancy packaging and seems more “normal” , but in the end, it is still a cheap drunk buzz.

  • DMAC

    Vegas, need a little hand here.

    Should I roll w/ the Eagles 2night or go w/ the Colts over the Dallas?

  • hwnrdr

    The Lakers are on a bad stretch right now…but I’m not worried about it as of yet…come April and we’ll see…
    Right now I just hope the Raiders can have a revival of a must 5 game win streak and KC to lose once prior to January 2nd!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    So, maybe the Lakers will win the lottery this year? 4 straight losses…never seen such a thing!

    ***

    thats not enough. I want to see them lose to the Kings & Clippers this week!

    LOL

    meanwhile, hasn’t Boston won 5 straight?

    Hmmm….

  • RedneckRaider (The RealMaddenRaider-Hater)

    NFL Playoff Machine says that based on power rankings, we need to win out to make playoffs, and then have a rematch with PIT in Rnd 1

  • olinesux

    how in the world is ford gonna catch anything if satalle, carlisle and walker keep tripping over their own feet?

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

    Boston blows.

  • RaiderRockstar

    So many self-righteous haters!

    ***

    no kidding …

    LeBron will give the Lakers all they can handle on Christmas Day. You might as well call him the Grinch, because you know he’s going to steal away a victory with a last second buzzer beater!

  • hwnrdr

    Thats just about right Redneck…unless all other top teams lose out…wait, who am I kidding?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Vegas, need a little hand here.

    Should I roll w/ the Eagles 2night or go w/ the Colts over the Dallas?

    *************************************

    Errrr……tough one.

    Don’t like the Eagles that much tonight. Vick has kind of came back to earth the last 6 quarters.

    Can’t imagine Peyton playing that bad for an extended stretch, but they are probably laying more points I would imagine (rarely look at lines anymore)

  • hwnrdr

    LeBron? Nah…remember that grizzly game with 5 seconds left and a foul to give?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lakers currently have fewer wins than the Spurs, Mavs, Celtics & Magic.

    tied with New Orleans & OKC

    Denver & Atlanta are on the rise too!

  • Just Fire Baby

    olinesux Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    how in the world is ford gonna catch anything if satalle, carlisle and walker keep tripping over their own feet?

    ***************************************

    I don’t remember seeing them trip over their feets on the two picks this past weekend.

    I say a FB lined up on a S and DHB in single-coverage, but a noodle-armed QB underthrowing and making a bad decision with the ball.

    I say a play-fake that worked wonders, about a ten foot bubble around our QB and a WR with no one around him on the sideline.

    Completely awful throws, with plenty of time to do so. So with that, defenses will just say but 8 in the box, attack the back-field and ball carrier and take their chances with JLH , Murphy (two WHO ACTUALLY DID TRIP OVER EACH OTHER), and DHB not making any plays down the field.

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

    So many idle internet bloggers making judgments about the moral turpitude of players. Particularly black players.

  • DMAC

    Vegas,
    I’m going w/ a 3 teamer parlay and have Rams and Saints so far. I need 1 more. Any suggestions?

  • DMAC

    New post

  • bcz24

    something smells fishy about those stats, BCZ.
    ******
    Fact. They carried the ball 51 times for 186 yards. You know darn well that Henne picked us apart over and over again on third down. Wheezy gave up what 7 first down completions alone? You tell me I am a douchebag for doubting the Raiders will beat the Chargers, but then tell me when I provide imperical data proving our run defense has improved that my data is fishy? Which is dude. Make up my mind for me.

  • Tank

    # Dakota Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I have resigned myself to the Cubs, ND and the Raiders sucking….but now the Lakers too?

    My world is crumbling!

    I need a Twinkie!
    =================
    MR should be here any moment.
    Soup kitchen kicks him out at 12:30.

  • olinesux

    mustve been watching what al watches…a fast reciever down field…meanwhile langston walker was tripping over his own feet so much that grads had to step
    up in pocket before he even hit his full dropback….hence the underthrow.