By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 3:21 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some quick hits from Raiders coach Tom Cable at his weekly press briefing:
Pressure on Philip Rivers
“I thought defensively we were dominant at times. We sacked Philip four times but we hit him another 16 times. I thought that was quite a stat when you start to watch that film and see the number of times that the pocket was getting squeezed around him both from the side and in front of him. It was pretty impressive by our defensive line.”
Cable said coverage was also tight in the secondary as defensive backs were asked to play more aggressively.
The performance of QB Jason Campbell
“He would tell you that he missed two or three throws in that game that could have really made a difference. The one go-route to Louis (Murphy) that was just out of bounds. If he would have just kept it in bounds over the top, Louis had that guy beat by three or four yards. Things like that. He knows he can better at that.”
Cable said Campbell was much more relaxed, set his feet better and that his interactions with teammates “has been growing all year. When he came here, that’s what everybody said was the knock against, him, I guess. But really, he’s worked at having a good relationship with his teammates. That’s just something that has been a process.”
On the danger of getting away from their identity as a running team
“We can’t now. If we do, shame on us. If we do, we have no chance to win the division. So we can’t. We don’t have a choice now. That’s what it is.”
On being able to sense which Raider team will take the field each Sunday
“I’m getting a pretty good idea with this team. We talked about going into Pittsburgh. That week of preparation was OK. It wasn’t what it needed to be. It was a little bit up and down, very inconsistent against Miami. There’s kind of that old saying, you’re going to play how you prepare, and last week we prepared well all the way through.
“I got asked here, in fact, by someone how the week was, and it was very good, but I’ve also been there where you practice real well and you don’t necessarily go out and play your best. But I think with this team as young as it is, I think that that’s important. I think it’s important that they really grasp on to the preparation it takes to be at your best, and I think they’re buying into that.”
On the presence of Raiders fans in San Diego
“After halftime it kind of turned into a Raiders crowd and that was really cool. You could hear it. You have to take your hat off to our fans because they did a great job. Even at the start of the game with all of the emotion and everything that goes on you could feel our fans there. That’s really powerful.”
Chaz Schilens played eight plays, according to Cable, felt good Monday, and his role will be expanded each week.
The Raiders will look closely at their travel procedures before going to Jacksonville after having poor games in both Tennessee and Pittsburgh.
Cable said there was no injuries “ relevance” coming out of the game.