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The Cable-Jackson dynamic

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • DutchRaider77

    Norco Bob Says:

    Seabass has won alot of games, choked on a few,..if he was cut today, about 30 teams would be in line to sign him.
    ———————-

    I’m not suggesting he should be cut. And I agree about the worse first round picks. Just saying if he’s paid to make makeable kicks, then make him kick.

    _____________________________________________________

    Really, if Jano told Cable that he could not make the kick (wind) and Cable went for it and we missed the kick; would Cable be Admired/respected or considered stupid to overrule the “best” kicker in the league?

  • ArmChair GM

    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.
    _________________________________________________________

    Ok that makes sense…But what about Routt and Chris Johnson. They’re both cover corners, so why weren’t they on the field?????

  • Norco Bob

    MR,..the ticket reps in Alameda only deal with season ticket holders,..single game fans have to go through ticketmaster.

  • Norco Bob

    Cable didnt go for the kick because the ST coach told him dont go for it, we couldnt make it in pregame warm ups.

  • RaidingTexas

    “this isnt the brightest coaching staff”

    That’s what I’m getting at. LOL

  • Norco Bob

    Seabass can make a 55 yarder barefoot,..but in a crappy field like in Jax, thick grass,..horrible wind,..wasnt going to happen.

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

    Tell me about it, Norco. That’s what those ladies keep telling me. I think they like me.

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

    # Norco Bob Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I can tell you what happened to McLain,..Sproles got the best of him.

    ………….

    LOL. That would be hilarious. And that would explain why the Raiders are keeping it close to the vest.

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

    Jani could put the ball between his buttocks and give her a pinch and hit 50 yards.

  • Guy

    Wasn’t Jano nailing 50+ yarders pregame was AZ this year?

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

    Jano should be able kick the ball when he’s dead if he’s worth a first round pick.

  • Norco Bob

    MR,..call Sarah,…tell her youre a friend of mine,…tell her Im the one that sends her gift cards,…the fan in row 1,..she will help you…Sarah Cattaneo.

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

    The Raiders came out and played well, 10am pst. They had Jax’s head hanging by halftime.

    Then, came out and gave up 31pts in the 2nd half.

    I wish Mac & Bush had had more carries, to shorten the game.

  • raidertalk

    So instead go with a back-up QB who hasn’t started and throw it on 4th down???

    If the migthy Jacksonville gail was so bad why not just punt?

    The cute reverse to Ford in the red zone was a “great” call.

    I don’t know of Cable has a choice anymore? Panic or Hue being imposed from up-above

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

    60.Guy Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    Wasn’t Jano nailing 50+ yarders pregame was AZ this year?

    ————————–

    That was pre-game. Real time, oh boy! He was sweating too much.

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

    Of course, the way Al Davis set this staff up, backstabbing, is what I expected since the announcement of Jackson’s hiring.

  • Guy

    Haha yeah, I was afraid he’d miss because of how he was wiping himself off, it looked like was the only player sweating that much.

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

    Watching an interesting movie about Al Davis’s daughter. It’s called Orphan.

  • DutchRaider77

    Sounds like somthing you would buy at a Sex Shop:
    Mac & Bush.

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

    63.KoolKell Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    The Raiders came out and played well, 10am pst. They had Jax’s head hanging by halftime.

    Then, came out and gave up 31pts in the 2nd half.

    I wish Mac & Bush had had more carries, to shorten the game.

    ——————

    Remember what happenned to the Oiler staff after Reich and Buffalo put up all those points in the 2nd half? Didn’t they all got the axe while they were still in the air?

  • mistic1

    “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.

    Even noted jc hater tom barney ruble cable had to cough up some props.

    Impostor fans…any questions?

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

    67.Guy Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    Haha yeah, I was afraid he’d miss because of how he was wiping himself off, it looked like was the only player sweating that much.

    ——————-

    Like I said before, too many omelettes and jalepeno’s to try and shake a hangover.

  • EMRaiders

    We have gone from baby steps to toddler steps, to peewee football. Now we are somewhere between Division III and top 3 rounds in the draft talent. We are making progress, the offense is coming together, the D is also making progress. We have come a long way from the bed and breakfast, and I really think we are 2 years away from making a serious run at the superbowl. Granted, we still have set backs and still need help at some positions both on O and D, still, we are miles ahead from the past 2 to 3 years. I say we ride with what’s working, stick with Cable for 2 more years, Which will allow Jackson to really get into a groove and develop his offense the way he wants to, and will be ready to eventually replace Cable. But continuity is something this team has not had in a while, and now that Cable is going into his 4th year we are starting to see major improvement. We are not where we want to be, but we are getting there and have a clear path that we can follow.

    All this rumors of tensions between coaches is just that, rumors. I don’t recall Yahoo sports ever writing anything positive about the Raiders and they have always reminded me of a poor mans BSPN when it comes to them reporting on the Raiders.

    I think they can see the progress and know that within a couple of years if not sooner we will be serious contenders and do not like that idea, so they throw $hit on the wall and hope it sticks, trying to cause strife where there is none. I call it the “Madam Schefter” effect.

    Then again, it is the Raiders, and no one really knows what goes on behind the shielded doors.

    As long as we win, who cares. GO RAIDERS!

    PS- I have to say one more thing, great job Campbell. I know we lost, but this two past weeks have been a major improvement. Let’s hope it keeps on getting better.

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

    Mistic, Jason Campbell is in the bottom 5 QBs in the NFL, maybe bottom 3. He belongs to a small, small fraternity of NFL QBs unable to read blitzes.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    ArmChair GM Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    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.
    _________________________________________________________

    Ok that makes sense…But what about Routt and Chris Johnson. They’re both cover corners, so why weren’t they on the field?????
    —————————–
    Also curious is the fact that, to my recollection, Nnamdi shut down whoever he was covering yesterday. I don’t remember seeing him beat at all.

  • mistic1

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Mistic, Jason Campbell is in the bottom 5 QBs in the NFL, maybe bottom 3. He belongs to a small, small fraternity of NFL QBs unable to read blitzes.

    ===========================================================

    “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!

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

    And Tom Cable admitted yesterday he has nothing to do with the offense. When he was asked about playcalling, he responded, “That’s not for me to decide”.

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

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

    Next!

    ………..

    Shannahan to Campbell.

  • Guy

    75, I don’t believe Garrard even completed a pass against a CB. He had the 2 TDs to a WR against Huff and the rest were pretty much passes to TEs. He had one pass to Sims Walker vs Nnamdi in a zone I think though.

  • mistic1

    Gradkowskiraider, or rmr ( i know you are to ashamed to post under that ridiculous moniker now)

    JC is screwing your sister and kicking your dog, what else do you have. Oh wait did he say campbell called audibles at the line, and one led to dmac catch and run td?

    Consider yourself owned!

  • Raider_j_Hawk

    Some of you guys who have nothing better to do then sit in here all day and argue with each other are a bunch of R-TARDS.

    Yeah, good idea… let’s fire Tom Cable and set us back another 5 years. We finally have some continuity, aren’t you tired of the coaching carousel? If they did fire him most of you same guys would be in here bashing Davis as incompetent.

    Norcobob… really your unsure that we can beat DENVER? Do you even watch football? They are the doormat of the entire NFL, the cards looked like a playoff team sunday against them.

    Maddenraider… your just sad and lonely, go join a group or something… or help out in your community for pete’s sake! when your comments are every other one… your here to much.

    I’m convinced that some of you guys would rather the Raiders be bad so you can have something to beach about ALL DAY EVERYDAY IN HERE. (ie dakota)

    Here’s to the the Raiders sweeping the west this year and being a powerhouse next year! You just can’t argue with progress.

    RAIDER TILL I DIE! HATERS CAN EAT IT. AND THERE’S PLENTY OF HATIN’ GOING ON IN HERE BY SUPPOSED FANS.

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com DirteeRaccoon

    68.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 4:56 pm
    Watching an interesting movie about Al Davis’s daughter. It’s called Orphan.

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

    Thats not right man.

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

    Mistic, my sister doesn’t screw QBs who can’t read a blitz.

  • mistic1

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Mistic, my sister doesn’t screw QBs who can’t read a blitz.
    ========================================================

    lol

  • TerrapinRaider

    Correction Cable: We have to be STL fans, 49ers fans or any team playing against the Jets or Ravens.

    Raiders have a shot with SD losing, KC losing and Jets or Ravens doing a face plant for the rest of the season by my calcs.

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

    Raider J hawk, what name were you using earlier today?

  • Norco Bob

    MR,..the playcalling isnt for Cable to decide,..its Jacksons,..why you so confused bout that?…Cable hasnt called a play all year…not his call.

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

    Mistic, ever watch those t.v. shows that have high school QBs training with ex pros, pro coaches, etc., and even at that age, they can recognize what coverage their facing, read blitzes, etc. Isn’t it a little embarrassing that Campbell is in the NFL and he can’t even do that? You know what that means? He’s just an arm, nothing more. Called an audible? LOL. That’s football 101, too. Pop warner QBs call audibles. and who cares what Cable says. He admitted yesterday he has nothing to do with the offense.

  • Norco Bob

    Just like Lovie Smith doesnt have a say,…or Singletary,…OC`s call plays,…Cable stated the truth.

  • Guy

    Norco, not to be a smart a** but Cable made atleast one dumb call which included his fake punt on the Raider’s side of the field.

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

    This Orphan is the craziest movie I’ve seen in a while.

  • raidertalk

    Me agree, Jason Campbell soup suck because he only throw 324 yard, and only 2 td. Shuld have thrown 600 yards and 5tds then we win.

    We need peyton mannin

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

    Norco, you’re right. Head coaches don’t do anything. Belichick has nothing to do with the Patriots offensive game plan. Neither does Payton in N.O. Shannahan has nothing to do with the Redskins gameplan. Nothing. They give no input, whatsoever. Because why, by golly, it’s the head coach’s job to just coach! Al Davis taught the football world that, and the world abides.

  • Norco Bob

    Thats different,..ya hes stupid with those special teams fakes,..but he doesnt make offensive calls,..not a one….thats what he ment with his statement yesterday,..some in here might like to think thats an Al Davis reference, but as usual, theyre wrong.

  • Norco Bob

    Sure theres some head coaches involved in play calling,..most arent.

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

    That was sarcasm ^^^

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

    # Norco Bob Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Sure theres some head coaches involved in play calling,..most arent.

    ………..

    Yeh, the winning coaches. Ding dong.

  • mistic1

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Mistic, ever watch those t.v. shows that have high school QBs training with ex pros, pro coaches, etc., and even at that age, they can recognize what coverage their facing, read blitzes, etc. Isn’t it a little embarrassing that Campbell is in the NFL and he can’t even do that? You know what that means? He’s just an arm, nothing more. Called an audible? LOL. That’s football 101, too. Pop warner QBs call audibles. and who cares what Cable says. He admitted yesterday he has nothing to do with the offense.
    ——————————————————–

    LMAO “who cares what cable says”?!?!?

    More football 101 when the qb comes to the line of scrimage he reads the defensive alignment, ( reads whether a blitz is coming), if he thinks the play that was called is good against the defense he goes with it. If the play wont work against the defense he audibles.

    Campbell is eating your lunch dating your mother, and making you pick up the bill.

    gradkowskiraider, cable just destroyed your entire argument. Thanks for playing though

  • TerrapinRaider

    I don’t get all the complaining about the offense. That offense did a hell of a job yesterday. Even Nnam said it himself “the offense kept us in it”.

    Defense and STs were a disaster 2H.

  • Norco Bob

    Kiffin called plays and was awful at it,…sucks at USC too,..Haden about to can him.