Raiders expect to see a lot of Tebow


Putting Friday’s news into Christmas carol form:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Tebow . . .

Tim Tebow, the most publicized No. 25 overall draft pick in NFL history, is expected to play a considerable amount Sunday against the Raiders at the Coliseum. He might even start.

With Kyle Orton failing to throw a pass all week, either because of sore ribs or a feeling within the Denver organization that it’s time to see what Tebow has now that the season is lost with a 3-10 record, coach Tom Cable’s tone changed Friday.

Cable not only thinks he’ll see Tebow running some “Wildcat’’ formations, but as a more conventional quarterback as well.

“If he’s going to play as much as I think he is, he’s going to have to play like a regular quarterback in a regular offense,’’ Cable said.

Two days ago, Cable thought Orton would get the majority of the work.

“I think he gives them the best chance to win,’’ Cable said. “ I think that’s pretty clear, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Tim some.’’

The Raiders have studied up on Tebow in the preseason and on his limited use in the regular season He’s completed his only pass for three yards and a touchdown and has 12 rushes for 28 yards and three touchdowns.

While the coaching staff had broken down Tebow in terms of strengths and weaknesses, second-year wide receiver Louis Murphy has the best insight into his heart.

“I know that he’s a fighter, I know that he has a passion for the game,’’ Murphy said. “I haven’t seen him practice or anything. I know that he’s going to come out and fight until the last minute.’’

At Florida, Tebow’s leadership skills took on an almost mythic quality.

Murphy said Tebow go this feeling across in a way that enhanced team chemistry, a lot of positive reinforcement combined with well-timed reminders of responsibilities and the occasional request to pick up the pace.

In Murphy’s last year at Florida, following a 31-30 loss to Mississippi, Tebow took the podium and made a tearful pledge that the Gators would not lose again.

“You will never see another player push his team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season,’’ Tebow said. “You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season.”

The Gators didn’t lose again and went on to win the national championship.

“We all fell in behind him, but I felt at that time that the entire team felt that way,’’ Murphy said. “He’s the spokesperson of the team, he’s the quarterback, the leader of the team. Just to see him come out and publicly say it meant a lot to the guys on the team and everyone else.

“We knew we had one goal, and that was to win the national championship. With him coming out, stepping up and saying nobody would outperform us and outplay us and he wouldn’t mess up, it made us raise our level up.”

Murphy says there’s a comparison to be made with how he felt the day of the Mississippi loss and how the Raiders felt following last week’s 38-31 loss to Jacksonville.

“Right now we know – it’s the same situation,’’ Murphy said. “Our backs were against the wall then. Our backs are against the wall now, and I feel that the team is taking the same approach to this game.

“We’re going to go out, we’re going to fight our way, no matter what happens, no matter if they get up, get down, we’re going to go out fighting.”

More Friday news and notes:

— Middle linebacker Rolando McClain (foot) did not practice, was listed as questionable and will be a game time decision.

Those who were limited in practice and listed as questionable were cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins (ankle), wide receiver Nick Miller (ankle). Those who participated fully and are listed as probable are tackle Khalif Barnes (back), tight end Zach Miller (foot), defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee), cornerback Chris Johnson (groin), quarterback Kyle Boller (quad), safety Tyvon Branch (shoulder) and linebacker Travis Goethel (knee).

–The decision on whether Higgins or Nick Miller will return punts will be made on game day and ball security will be stressed on a rainy day.

“I think you want to be smart back there and we’re going to coach that up,’’ Cable said. “The most important thing, and we’re going to coach that up, is to possess the ball for your team.’’

— The Raiders and all other NFL teams have been given guidelines for sideline decorum after Jets strength coach Sal Alosi tripped the Dolphins Nolan Carroll this week.

“I am as surprised by it as anybody,” Cable said of the Jets’ offense. “There is no place for it or reason for it. Totally surprised.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • ………… at least we’re competitive again which was not the case the past years

  • Just Fire Baby

    How do we know Cable was the one who put in Bruce?

    I agree it was a bad call, and Cable certainly should have veto power, but I think that was 100% Hue’s idea.

  • Raider Al from Atlanta

    Better be prepared to stop Knowshon Moreno, who’s probably gonna get 30 carries. No way the coaching staff can trust Tebow yet, otherwise he would’ve gotten started when it was clear their season was lost.

    In fact, given the likely weather conditions, put 8 in the box the whole game to stop Moreno and Tebow running. Figure Nnamdi, Routt and Huff can stop Tebow’s attempts to throw a football.

    McClain, Please get taped up properly and play. No one in the NFL is 100% in week # 14. This is not the SEC, You get paid to play with discomfort and pain.

  • Just Fire Baby

    We need to treat Tebow like you treat other mobile QB’s.

    Keep them in the pocket, don’t let them get in their comfort zone outside of the pocket and scrambling around, and make them beat you in the pocket with good timing and accurate throws.

  • the two QB rotation set this team back because you can’t have confidence in either starter if there on a short leash. In other words just cut it loose.

  • Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 8:14 am

    We need to treat Tebow like you treat other mobile QB’s
    We need to treat Tebow like a pinata

  • SaintKaufman

    For Timmy’s sake he better had been working on his sliding game because he’s about to go against one of the biggest and baddest DL in the NFL.

    Ain’t college anymore son.

    If Orton does not play I don’t see Tebow making it the whole game.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Haven’t watched much UTEP football, but supposedly their QB has visions of being a late round draft pick.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tebow is bigger than Ricky Brown, if the D-line does not get him down, and he gets to the second level, we will be in trouble.

    This guy played in the SEC, and ran over defenses and intimidated them.

  • CanuckRaider

    The SEC isn’t the NFL. Tebow might have a few decent runs tomorrow but he’ll have to be able to make multiple reads and throw the ball accurately to keep drives going. If we stuff Moreno, Tebow’s in trouble.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The way Orton has played the last two weeks, Tim Tebow going 9 for 21 for 130 yards would be an improvement for them.

  • CanuckRaider

    It’s all about the run tomorrow. If Denver can’t run on us they can’t beat us. We’ll be able to run and pass against their weak defense. Expect a much closer game this time though. Perhaps 27-10 Raiders.

  • Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 8:08 am
    How do we know Cable was the one who put in Bruce?

    I agree it was a bad call, and Cable certainly should have veto power, but I think that was 100% Hue’s idea.
    Then he should be fired for not doing his job. He is the head coach, you know.

  • Like I said:

    1 – game STD must lose

    2 – games kc must lose (Oakland being 1 of them)

    3 – games Oakland must win

    That simple, easy as 1-2-3 (on paper).

    No other way. Az and 0-fer games the worst. Has come back to bite. Wildcard, no way. 😥

  • Plunketthead

    Picking the winner is easy.

    Rating the game is much harder

    We need some more suckers in the game.
    Who wants to pick bowl games?

  • Plunketthead

    Come to think of it I will leave the ratings alone and probaly do as well as if I picked them

  • Plunketthead

    Sonny Jurgenson? being highlighted on NFL
    He just whipped a ball behind his back at practice that went 25 yards down the field and nailed the WR perfect.
    He also did it in a game but it was only a ten yard pass

    The practice throw was amazing

  • Denver Sucks!
    Raiders 31
    Denver 3

  • 24-10 RAIDERS!

  • Oakland 51
    Tebow 3

  • Resign:
    1- Seymour
    2- Z Miller
    3- Wimbley

    4- Gallery
    5- Bush

    Resigning Gallery and Bush is not as important as signing the Seymour, Miller, and Wimbley IMO.
    DMC is a Beast, and we can always find a power back in later RDs.
    Gallery is overrated. He is a solid LG, but he is not great (PB level).
    Seymour, Wimbley, and Miller are great players, and contribute a lot to this team.

  • We need to add:
    1- C
    2- G/T (it depends on what we with B Campbell and Walker)
    3- CB

  • DKnight007

    I think Daniel Loper can play some RG if Carlisle is not kept and I would think B Campbell should be ready to play some RG or RT next year.

    I think a Center to compete with Satele is HIGHLY needed and the Center drafted may be able to compete at Guard as well and add depth.

    Stefan Wisnewski is destined to be a Raider.

    The defense also needs a young beast two gap DT who has a high motor and won’t get tired too quickly.

    The offense needs a big target TE or WR who is 6’3 or taller also.

  • DKnight007

    375.Raider O Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 9:48 am
    1- Seymour
    2- Z Miller
    3- Wimbley

    4- Gallery
    5- Bush

    Resigning Gallery and Bush is not as important as signing the Seymour, Miller, and Wimbley IMO.
    DMC is a Beast, and we can always find a power back in later RDs.
    Gallery is overrated. He is a solid LG, but he is not great (PB level).
    Seymour, Wimbley, and Miller are great players, and contribute a lot to this team.

    The priority is to resign all those in house free agents.

  • DKnight007

    Seymour, Z Miller, Wimbley and Bush are extremely important to this team.

    I agree that Gallery can be replaced if necessary by Loper.

    They need to sign Bush and then possibly trade him for like a 3rd rounder if they can.

    They should get something in return for him if they don’t want to keep him.

  • DKnight007

    351.Raider Ray Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 8:01 am
    I think the Miami loss is the worst. The Arizona game was early, and the team was still developing. But, the Miami game was just a pathetic display. If Cable is fired, it should be because of that game and his love for Gradkowski.


    The team would have still lost that game against Miami if JC was the starter.

    Did you not see how bad the O-Line and D-Line were playing in that game..as well as the secondary?

    The team couldn’t run the ball, so you actually think JC would have won that game all by himself with the rest of the team playing like crap?

    No way.

    Plus the team should have won the Arizona game, but hungover Jano missed a chip shot.

  • DKnight007

    264.YoungAmerican Says:
    December 17th, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    Yeah, but running the ball 20 more times in Pittsburgh and Miami wasn’t going to get it done. People here would just be complaining about the playcalling instead.


    Doesn’t matter if you don’t think you can run the ball.

    You have to make an effort to do it anyway just to try and keep those types of teams honest.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Any Cam Newton Talk?

  • PurpleDrank81

    I swear if Cam plays well in the Championship good ol’ Uncle Al is gonna jump up and snag him…… I dont necessarily think we need him but Al will do it.

  • 3 games that set the Raiders back this season…

    Cards, Niners, and Dolphins.

    Even getting 2 of those completely changes everything.

  • Al has his QB and Campbell seems to be getting better as the season progresses.

    He has never had consecutive years in the same offensive system. Next year will be the first.

    I like where this team is going. The addition of a veteran WR and a few upgrades along the O-line and this team will be special.

    I even anticipate a much improved defensive backfield next year.

  • PurpleDrank81

    What Veteran Wideout?

  • # PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    What Veteran Wideout?

    Don’t know. Just think Al will be looking.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Theres gonna be some good names out there but there all gonna get taken quickly

  • PurpleDrank81

    Ne1 out there????…….. At work Bored

  • Guys having yourselves a little mock draft, huh? That’s a pretty off season topic for a bunch of guys who still believe we’re in it. I mean, you’d think people would be breaking down the big game tomorrow. I mean, this is huge. It’s the Super Bowl. We still have a chance. Right? Nope. So, who’s on the clock?

  • PurpleDrank81

    RMR man u make me so happy

  • PurpleDrank81

    Getting to the playoffs isnt impossible but highly unlikely.. We have mad some good moves this last year but need to make some more to actually become a real contender

  • PurpleDrank81


  • fingers

    Tebow will be ” Blessed” by the Raiders front four tomorrow…
    Beat the Donkz…