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The Cable-Jackson dynamic

For a guy who should be embittered and embattled, given the reported tension in the building with his offensive coordinator, Raiders coach Tom Cable appeared to relish the opportunity to address his issues with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

“The only truth is that we were just laughing about it upstairs,’’ Cable said. “There’s absolutely no issue between Hue and I. We have a prior relationship. He’s doing a marvelous job. That’s stupidity on (the part of) whoever wrote it. We had a lot of fun with it upstairs.’’

The report in Yahoo! Sports was by Jason Cole, the same person who reported the problems with 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, saying players were losing faith in the offense. Coach Mike Singletary denied it, but Raye was out as offensive coordinator after three games.

Even with the Raiders gaining 476 yards offense in a 38-31 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, it’s not as if Cable didn’t provide some grist for the rumor mill.

During a sequence in the third quarter when Kyle Boller temporarily replaced Jason Campbell at quarterback, and the Raiders failed to get the ball to Darren McFadden on either third-and-3 or fourth-and-3, this was Cable’s assessment of the play-calling:

“I don’t know,’’ Cable said. “That’s not for me to decide right now.’’

Not exactly a resounding vote of confidence.

The positive affirmation came on Monday.

Asked if he ever overrules calls made by Jackson, Cable said, “I don’t need to. He’s good at what he does. He did a hell of a job yesterday. I got asked about the third-and-3 and the fourth-and-3 calls. They were two great calls. We just didn’t execute them.’’

He said he will be involved while discussing options, but that it is Jackson that ultimately “absolutely’’ makes the play call.

Cable reiterated he and Jackson have a “prior relationship,’’ having coached together at Cal (1996) and Fullerton State (1990).

Without refuting the Yahoo report _ Cole is very good at what he does and is well-sourced throughout the league _ it’s worthwhile to remember how the Raiders came to have a new offensive coordinator in the first place.

With Cable operating as head coach, offensive coordinator, play-caller and also being heavily involved with the offensive line, the Raiders suffered offensively. JaMarcus Russell was a big part of the problem, but another issue was that Cable had spread himself too thin.

At his season-ending press conference, Cable admitted as much, saying he had too much on his plate. He made it clear he was fine with having an offensive coordinator, something he surely discussed with Al Davis.

So Davis went out and got Jackson, and it’s not as if Cable was in a position to dispute it. He could be on board or he could be gone.

Any tension in this scenario wouldn’t come from the play-calling, it would be from the fact that Jackson accepted the job in part because he wants to be a head coach some day and that part of that process meant turning around the offense in Oakland.

From the time Cable took over play-calling duties from Greg Knapp, the Raiders scored 31 touchdowns in 24 games and averaged 13.6 points per game. Under Jackson, the Raiders have 29 touchdowns in 13 games and average 24.2.

Oakland has gone from 31st in scoring last season to ninth.

So Cable is obviously in no position to “undercut’’ the offensive coordinator and he’s too smart to try if he wants to remain head coach.

More news and notes from Monday’s press briefing:

— The days of tunnel vision are over. The Raiders are officially watching the scoreboard.

“Let’s be real about it. You’ve got to be a 49er fan on Thursday and a Rams fan on Sunday,’’ Cable said. “That’s where it starts, and we’ve got to take care of yourselves.

“We had a real opportunity yesterday that got away from us. The reality of it is we have to win out and we need a little help here, but if that’s the way it’s supposed to turn out it will and we’ll find a way to get it done.’’

— Those of you who think Cable too often withholds compliments directed toward Campbell will be happy to hear the quarterback got rave reviews.

“I will say this to you: Yesterday was Jason’s finest day. There’s no question – how he played, what he did with his feet. He made three audibles in that game. One of them was the long run that Darren (McFadden) had for the touchdown,’’ Cable said. “He made two others in the passing game. He was on point.

“He missed a couple of things. Every guy would go back and look at a game and say he could have done a few things better. Definitely it was his finest moment as a Raider. So hopefully we keep getting better now.”

— Back to the Boller possession. The reason Sebastian Janikowski didn’t attempt a 48-yard field goal on fourth-and-3 was that it was against a howling wind. Cable said after conferring with Janikowski, the Raiders would have needed to be inside the 25-yard line to try a field goal in that direction.

— The challenge on the 74-yard run by Rashad Jennings was made not because of what coaches thought they saw on tape, but from what they thought they saw right along their own sideline.

Cable said if he would have had a challenge left on David Garrard’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker, the replay would have showed the receiver had one foot out of bounds at the time of the catch.

— The reason Nnamdi Asomugha wasn’t on the field when the Raiders went to their five-safety package was that he has occasionally been off the field because of his ankle issues.

That happened to be one of those times _ and Michael Huff was beaten for a 48-yard touchdown by Jason Hill.

— The seemingly doormant “big play’’ problem the Raiders had defensive reared its head in a big way.

“It’s missed tackles when you really break it down,’’ Cable said.

— Middle linebacker Rolando McClain’s foot issue may not be arthritis or tendonitis, given the fact the Raiders are still “investigating,’’ according to Cable. He said there aren’t any other physical problems.

“It’s just the foot. Today his rehab stuff was really pretty good, but he still has an issue with it, and we’re going to continue to research it and figure out exactly what’s going on here,’’ Cable said. “(He) felt better last week, at the same time, but not good enough yesterday.”

McClain missed practice all week.

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  • Norco Bob

    Unsure where he will work next, because of course he will only work if he can bring his daddy with him. lmao

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Mistic, my mother wouldn’t go near a QB that can’t pick up a blitz. My mother chooses her men based upon how they handle themselves in the pocket as a QB. And it’s not a racial thing. Because mom loves the brothers.

  • Norco Bob

    Im holding out for Gruden, thats why I pray Denver slaughters us sunday,..then hopefully Indy and KC do the same,…its Gruden or nothing for me. Period.

  • Norco Bob

    Gotta run,..lets all pray to God, or Santa or Satan,..all of us,..pray for Grudens return,..because to me thats all that matters,..nothing else matters,..I wont rest until hes back,..and FU all who disagree. Night.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    My prayers for Gruden coming here. I don’t believe in god but I make exceptions for things like this. God, if you’re out there, bring Gruden to Oakland.

  • Dhidee99

    My Prayers Is that Cable Stays We are So Close

  • CDERaider

    Tough loss. We had em but got winded in the 2nd half and lost it – that’s 3 times this year that happened.

    JC looks like the real deal. He improved yet again and we can rely on him for next year considering he will be the undisputed #1, more familiar with the team and be in the last year of his contract. He can be in the top 10 in the league if the oline can pass protect – he has all the tools and if we had a true playmaker at WR …

    McFadden has really taken his game to the next level – he is faking people out of their jocks consistently now. Where was that over the last 2 years? I think the Toe had alot to do with it. He absolutely needs to be in Hawaii this year. Still think Bush needs a few more carries though. Once we went up 24-14 and had the ball, he pounded out a 10 yd gain on 1st down and it looked like we were going to ride him to victory – then all hell broke loose. Should have stuck with him more – he is a beast on screen plays too.

    3 and outs are killing this team – just like w/losses to Miami, SF – we have Jags down early but then go on a barrage of 3 and outs to give them life – and totally tire out our D. We have to be near the top of the league in 3 and outs. When the D gets tired, that’s when big plays happen. Our D line was absolutely dominating in the 1st half – but offense was not staying on the field nearly long enough and they got tired. They were totally gassed and practically invisible in the 2nd half and the terrible LB play was the undoing.

    DHB is not getting it done – that sail b/w his arms gaff was horrible – he looked upfield before the ball even got to him. He needs to be moved to backup next year until he can improve – they need to get him in shorter routes with a run after the catch focus – inside screens and slants to get him in the open field. We probably need 2-3 new WR’s next year in the rotation, replacing ‘Chil’lens, DHB, and JLH. I love Chaz but he can’t stay healthy even through camp.

    What happened to Nick Miller? JLH is doing nothing on PR – and not even on the field on offense. Miller played pretty well when he was in there was an impact on offense too. JLH totally checked out last year and its a mystery why he is even active.

    We still need help at LB – Ricky Brown is a good special teamer but is a liability on D – Geothel looked lost most of the day – Groves is regressing and will be released after the season – Wimbley is a stud but is best at DE on passing downs. McClain still needs significant improvement to be a difference maker – and the foot arth(tendon)itis is a serious concern.

    Overall, the playoffs would be a mini miracle considering the schedules – SD will most likely get in again, only to get stomped (hopefully). But, despite everything the season has to be considered a mild success – considering how its been for the last decade. Unless the Raiders lose out, Cable and Co. (minus Hue) will likely be back and as much as I would love to see a better HC and staff – truth is, we can’t attract anyone decent and it would be better to stay the course with a 1 yr extension on Cable’s contract and hope to improve in the draft and FA for 2011 and try and get in to the playoffs and then hopefully beg Harbaugh to leave Stanford to take us back to glory.

    Go Raiders!

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    105.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    My prayers for Gruden coming here. I don’t believe in god but I make exceptions for things like this. God, if you’re out there, bring Gruden to Oakland.

    —————-

    I’ll cover my bet that there is God because if I say there isn’t and He really does exist, (and I’m saying He does), then the alternative is something I can’t risk. Doesn’t hurt to carry a little ‘fire insurance’.

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    106.Dhidee99 Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:58 pm
    My Prayers Is that Cable Stays We are So Close

    —————-

    Me Agrees…….

  • sirblitzalot

    Let me remind you, that Cable has been a freaking loser all the time he has been here. Do you think he suddenly had an epiphany and realized he is a smart coach and that is why he is almost adequate this season? NO! Read the article above. What is new in our offense is Hue Jackson! Be careful for you wish for because you just might get it. And if you do, the RAIDER NATION will suffer another close-but-not-good enough season next year!

    FIRE TOM CABLE! Not one player will shed a tear.

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    # mistic1 Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    “I will say this to you: Yesterday was Jason’s finest day. There’s no question – how he played, what he did with his feet. He made three audibles in that game. One of them was the long run that Darren (McFadden) had for the touchdown,’’ Cable said. “He made two others in the passing game. He was on point.

    Next!
    +++++++++++++++
    in other words, you wait for others to tell you what to think?
    Cable backs everyone who’s Al’s toy. Over and over he propped Russell. Still props sorry Bey. And is careful about JC, especially since he announced weeks ago that Grad was the starter, and Al reamed him for it, and made him backtrack THE VERY NEXT MORNING.
    It’s like little children in here, desperate for someone to tell them how to feel.

  • rob3zx

    Put the Browns on waiver (Ricky& Steve)

  • Seymour Bush

    # sirblitzalot Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Let me remind you, that Cable has been a freaking loser all the time he has been here. Do you think he suddenly had an epiphany and realized he is a smart coach and that is why he is almost adequate this season? NO! Read the article above. What is new in our offense is Hue Jackson! Be careful for you wish for because you just might get it. And if you do, the RAIDER NATION will suffer another close-but-not-good enough season next year!

    FIRE TOM CABLE! Not one player will shed a tear.
    ==============================================

    You know, there are a LOT of bad posts from a lot of really dumb fans, but this one is really really bad. “Cable has been a loser his whole time here”. Well, Huh. What team did he take over, pray tell? The 2007 New England Patriots? If you remember, this franchise was in complete utter chaos when he took over. And he took over a complete mess in midseason. And now, 2 and a half years later, he has us playing meaningful games in December and some of you want to change horses AGAIN??? Should this team which was as bad as a franchise could be, should have just turned around in one year and won 18 straight? And who is going to come here and do that? Vince Lombardi? Tom Landry? Bill Walsh? Who? Would 90% of you PLEASE just STFU.

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  • PK28

    78.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    # mistic1 Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Next!

    ………..

    Shannahan to Campbell.

    __________________________________

    woulda been a good comeback…only if that was working out for shanny. try again

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  • marios

    Ok let’s say Jano makes that kick from 50 yards. Score is 38-34

  • riraider

    Jerry how does Jason’s balls taste?…

  • riraider

    Jerry can you guess the flavor of a popsicle from Jason’s rectum?..

  • riraider

    Jerry, so many writers have you licked?

  • riraider

    Jerry, when did u cum out of the closet?..What year?

  • riraider

    Jerry” You have a “Cupped” clef for Jason’s Cum?

  • riraider

    Jerry: can we see you get G…banged from the Raiders players?

  • riraider

    Jerry: so this fraternity you & jason are part of, do they meet at Truck stops so truckers can drain their Balls inside ur mouths?

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  • edublz

    @Raider_j_Hawk

    That has to be the most succinct
    Post i have read here or in any other raider forum for that matter, well done.

    to the Morons here who have nothing better to do than slam players and coaches of a team they love, suck on some more sour grapes.

    1-WE ARE UNDEFEATED IN OUR DIVISION!!!

    2-Cable has motivated this team

    3-we are steadily improving

    stop acting like children and see the positives

    FOR FEKS SAKE!!!!

  • BoJackson

    Cable realizes every day how lucky he is to be one of 32 head coaches in the NFL. At least he’s not pretending otherwise.