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Notes, quotes and observations from Cable news conference, locker room

 Left guard Robert Gallery confirmed that he is slated to become a free agent after this season, unless the Raiders re-sign him before free agency starts.

Gallery has played his entire seven-year NFL career with the Raiders. He was the N0. 2 pick of the 2004 NFL draft and has been a linchpin of Oakland’s offensive line the entire time.

“I love this place,” Gallery said. “I’m just worried about this last game. I know I like playing for that guy (coach Tom Cable). Everybody knows how this locker room feels about him.”

When asked if he expected to be re-signed, Gallery said he isn’t sure.

“This is the first time going to free agency for me, so I don’t know what the process is like,” Gallery said. “I’m not really worried about it. It’s a long ways away. We’ll see what happens. I, obviously, haven’t thought one bit about it.”

– The Raiders lead the league with 1,199 penalty yards. They can eclipse the franchise record with 76 penalty yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Coincidentally, the Chiefs hold the NFL record for most yards penalized in one season, when they piled up 1,304 yards in 1998. Also, the Raiders have received 1,122 penalty yards in their 15 games this season, by far the most of any team in the league.

– Sebastiank Janikowski moved past Jeff Jaeger for the franchise record for most points scored in a season (135) with the 14 he scored against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Janikowski’s points Sunday came by virtue of four field goals and two extra points in the 31-26 loss. Jaeger set the mark (132) in 1993. Janikowski’s previous single-season high came in 2002, when he scored 128 for the league’s top-ranked offense.

– Pro Bowl selections will be announced Tuesday. In years past, it was almost a foregone conclusion that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler were the only legitimate candidates for the Raiders.

This year, strong cases can be made for: Asomugha; Lechler; Condo; Janikowski, who leads the league in scoring; defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who leads AFC tackles with seven sacks; running back Darren McFadden, who is fourth in combined yards rushing and receiving; kick returner Jacoby Ford, who is tied for the league lead with three kicks returned for touchdown; and special teams standout Rock Cartwright.

Asomugha is the only Raiders player who led the fan portion of the voting process. Fans’ votes counts for one-third of the process, with players and coaches each getting one-third.

– Cable said that defensive tackle Richard Seymour is “improving” in his recovery from a hamstring injury he suffered against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 19. Seymour missed the Colts game.

Right offensive tackle Langston Walker still is suffering from post-concussion symptoms, even though he has passed the mandatory tests for players who get a concussion.

“He’s passed the target but he still has some symptoms,” Cable said. “So, until those are gone, you can’t do much about it.”

Cable said that Mario Henderson fared well in place of Walker against the Colts. It was Henderson’s first start at that position. He spent his first three-plus NFL seasons at left offensive tackle before he lost his starting job to rookie Jared Veldheer six games into this season.

“Mario started off kind of hit and miss, then, as it went, he got better,” Cable said. “He had some struggles on a couple of things but, overall, again for a guy stepping in, who hadn’t played a lot lately, once he got into his rhythm, he was OK.”

– Now that the Raiders are out of the playoffs picture, Cable has had to modify his team’s short-range goals. To that end, he addressed the team about the importance of this Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

“We talked about that,” Cable said. “That was really the plan this morning because it’s something we all had to face when you woke up this morning that it’s not going to happen for us. We talked about the improvements we’ve made from a commitment level, of where we want to take this thing and where we want to ultimately be and that’s to win a championship.

“It’s a process to get there. We’ve kind of been going through all of those things, but this week is just the last step for this year, and that is to go out and win a game and finish the season 8-8, stop the losing record thing that has kind of been chasing this organization for a number of years as well as complete the sweep in the division. I think that would be a heck of a deal for our football team and launch us into the future and the next year.”

– Oft-injured wide receiver Chaz Schilens finally caught a pass this season. In fact, he caught two against the Colts for 17 yards Sunday, after going three games without a reception.

Cable said he is excited about the prospect of Schilens going into the offseason without any lingering health issues. Schilens has been plagued by foot and knee injuries the past two years.

“The thing I’m really encouraged for Chaz is, hopefully, we get through the last week with him again improving and getting more involved and him being able to walk away from the  season injury free or healthy, if you will,” Cable said. ”To go into the offseason would be a huge step for him. It’s good to see him back involved, definitely.”

When asked if Schilens has the talent to be a No. 1 receiver, Cable offered the following:

“I think this. If he’s healthy, he has the chance to lift us up. You can’t sit around and put No. 1 tags on someone until they can have a chance to go out and prove it. Unfortunately, with his injury situation, he hasn’t been able to that. I do think he’s a quality player and I do think he could really be something for us.”

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

    Raiders get into a passing/pissing contest with Peyton Manning?

    MINDBLOWING

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    Alex7, I’m saying if you commit to those numbers and find ways to make sure DMAC gets 24-30 touches, not just carries, then the Raider’s will sustain more drives, consequently there will be less 3 and outs, and DMAC will deliver.

    Pease try, try, try to comprehend that.

    The most successful teams in the league know who they are and what they have. The Raiders still are figuring out what they have with DMAC. With Ford on board, he is the perfect guy to run the Widlcat with DMAC and Bush. And I’m not talking about that garbage they tried down in Jacksonville.

    For it to work like it did at Arkansas, you must have an option in motion timing his intersection with DMAC at the snap. DMAC must have a pass option in this formation, and I’m not talking about that trash they tried against KC. They are not running the Wildcat properly, but if they did, the 71-yard TD you saw from Ford against Denver when DMAC was the run fake would be more prevelant.

    I promise you that Oakland potentially has the most productive RB in the league, but he has got to get more touches. He has only two games with at least 20 carries since the hamstring injury in Week 4. Not enough.

    Oakland has fallen too much in love with this NFL-chic 2-RB system, when really they could still work Bush onto the field with DMAC in Widlcat 5-8 plays, and with DMAC in the slot 3-4 plays. This way, the get the most out of the 5-6 carries that Bush is going to get, plus the up DMAC’s touches without actually asking him to pound the rock more than 18-20 times as the regular ball carrier.

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

    Raiders get into a passing/pissing contest with Peyton Manning?

    They’re just not built that way.

    MINDBLOWING

  • 504 Raider

    Man I like this dude: Sir Dennis

    Welcome to the Blog. Don’t worry about snubbing Bush on here, we are just a bunch of know-it-all opinionists.

    The staff knows the real deal. They know Bush is semi garbage and is just “Mayhem” (As in All-State insurance). If any of us knew what we’re talking about on a coaching level, we would be wearing Raider Polos on the sideline forming the longest punt return Wall in NFL history.

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

    You get Indy outdoors in December, with Dmac/Bush and you don’t pound the Rock?

    MINDBLOWING

  • 504 Raider

    Yeah, the way we had to have extra guys help Veldheer block Freeney, if we ran power to that side Freeney would have had extra LBs on his side to help him out.

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

    Sorry Alex. I’m pissed.

    Gnite Gents.

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    I will be driving from Little Rock to KC Sunday with my 13-year-old son for our first NFL game in person. I’m a lifetime Cowboys fan, but have never made the commitment to go to a game and the Big D is only 4 hours away from LR, yet I’m now making twice the trek for the Raiders. I used to want to see DMAC with that star on the helmet, but he looks too damn good in silver and black!

  • SnB Production

    Teams go with 2 running backs because they are trying to extend the life of the primary back…and also keep a fresh guy late in games.

    Minnesota drafted the kid from Stanford in the 2nd round….Atlanta has a strong #2…Bush wasn’t durable enough to take the bulk of work..

    DMAC better have a strong 2nd…especially for a guy that couldnt much get on the field the last TWO YEARS!

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  • beach

    Let’s face it. If Mr. Davis was interested in winning and selling out the Coliseum, he would bring back Jon Gruden. Keeping Cable would be a waste of time. We had an easy schedule and only 7 wins to show for it. This is only SLIGHT improvement over the joke teams of the past 7 seasons. Time to start writing letters to Amy Trask fans: Demand an NFL Head Coach or buy fewer tickets in 2011!

  • beach

    Michael Bush is a stud. Only a fool would believe we should let this kid go. We have the best 1-2 running back duo in the NFL and our offensive coaching staff doesn’t know how to utilize them! Hue Jackson gets an F for this game!

  • PassTheCheetos

    Demand an NFL Head Coach or buy fewer tickets in 2011!

    Any less tickets bought and we just might as well let the 10-20 people at the stadiums stand on the sideline.

  • PassTheCheetos

    Sir dennis is absolutely correct about the wildcat. In reality the wildcat is just the zone read option. Lots of movement coming off the snap and have a multitude of directions to go with the ball.

  • beach

    264.PassTheCheetos Says:
    December 28th, 2010 at 12:08 am
    Demand an NFL Head Coach or buy fewer tickets in 2011!

    Any less tickets bought and we just might as well let the 10-20 people at the stadiums stand on the sideline.

    —————————————–
    Sad, but true. I refused to pay for pre-season games in 2010. And it’s time for drastic measures. If the team refuses to run like a professional organization, they need to lower the prices of tickets.

  • aig-raiders

    SnB Production Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 6:48 pm
    Once again folks, you guys have don’t get it.

    ……He was uninspiring..but didn’t make mistakes…
    ———————-

    dude, are you sure you know what you are talking about? Have you looked up JC’s turnover ratios per pass attempts? If you did some calculations, you’d know he ranks in the bottom of the league in this category. Even without the fumbles, he ranks 21st in the league for 1 int per 15 pass attempts. This is for a guy that is the master of the checkdowns.

  • aig-raiders

    22.VanHeathen Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    JC has played like a guy who is worried about his TD/ INT ratio… like he’s going to be looking for a job again this off season, …..
    ————–

    I’ve said it all year long that this guy is a stat whore. He reminds me of Corey Maggette in the NBA. Corey gets 20+ ppg but his team never wins. You never hear JC takes responsibility for any poor plays after any game and even the SF game. JC knows how to play the system and that is why Al got suckered for the trade. That is why he’d rather dump off for 2 yds on 4th and 6 against Tenn or 3rd and 11 secs to go in Jax.

  • aig-raiders

    A good OC finds a way to get your best offensive weapon more touches or playfakes through him. In the first Denver SB win, TD started having migranes during the game and couldnt even see. The rat asked him to just line up and let him run a playaction through him and they got the TD.

    How many times have we witnessed SD beating us late in the 4th qtr with LT breaking out a long run after being kept in check all game long? Someone pointed out yesterday that Jax stuck to their run and finally broke our back. Hue failed us miserably this year with the inability to make adjustments and he can walk for all I care.

  • raidertalk

    All in all a good season. The offense could be better in terms of using the speed that we have. With the poor offensive line that we have screens could help esp. with MCfadden, Ford and potentially DHB being speed burners.

    Hue Jax got too cute at times and that cost us big. With this young offense and new QB it was a strech to call those IMO.

    To Campbell’s credit/defense, how many times did this Oline get QBs injured this season? Grads knocked out twice, Campbell knocked out of the game once.

  • raidertalk

    Under these conditions I say Campbell was good. No go-to receiver, no line, injured TE, poor/cute play-calling.

  • raidertalk

    The Defense seemed to let up toward the end of the season. Although there were some injuries. Aso, Seymore, CJ and Mclain, towards the end. Maybe a depth issue or maybe a scheme issue.

    Would liked to have seen what Howard could have done in coverage with MClain at MLB. Maybe he could have helped with our problems covering TEs. Did not like the all-out blitz against Colts in the redzone; breakdown in Jax.

  • raidertalk

    Special Teams was a major disappointment with the exception of Ford. Jano missed again in the clutch (Ariz Ind)and for whatever reason his not creating touchbacks cost us big in games. He seemed to have a knack for kicking short right after we got important scores(MIA JAX).

    He did score alot this year tho which may be an indiciation of how poor our redzone offense was and may be the reason for shorter kicks.

  • raidertalk

    If we can get Campbell some improvement on the Oline and and get a go-to receiver, we could go far on offense.

    If we can get some depth on Defense; Safety, D-Line and DB , we could can push for playoffs. McClain has great upside, he already improved our D. Seymore has been good at times dominant.

    On ST, Jano either needs to improve in the clutch, or get more Touchbacks, or restructer his contract. I would also like it if coverage improved where there wasnt a TB. 1-out of those four will win us atleast one-two more games next year

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Dirt Lot are you out there?
    Sorry about Sunday…lack of sleep over the week throughout the weekend…I got lazy and didn’t want to walk anywhere…see you in 8 months, bro!
    Singletary fired with one game to go…honest question…do you all think that Cable is next as soon as the team touches down in Oakland (win or lose)?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think Al will make everyone wait in limbo until there is a labor agreement.

  • RaiderRockstar

    This year, strong cases can be made for: Asomugha; Lechler; Condo; Janikowski, who leads the league in scoring; defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who leads AFC tackles with seven sacks; running back Darren McFadden, who is fourth in combined yards rushing and receiving; kick returner Jacoby Ford, who is tied for the league lead with three kicks returned for touchdown; and special teams standout Rock Cartwright.

    ***

    no mention of Rolando McClain?

    Hmmm……

  • RaiderRockstar

    McClain has great upside, he already improved our D.

    ***

    please explain!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d like to see Cable back, but I sort of feel sorry for him.

    He’s been saddled with 1st round busts JaWalrus, DHB & McLame so far in his short Raiders Head Coaching stint

    gosh, I wonder who is next?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Should Chiefs play starters Sunday?

    The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the playoffs regardless of whether or not they beat the visiting Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and regardless of whether or not they play their starters in the game.

    Kansas City is either going to be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If the Chiefs win the game, they will be 11-5 and will be the No. 3 seed. If the Chiefs lose and the Colts beat Tennessee; the Chiefs will be the No. 4 seed. The Chiefs will host New York, Baltimore or Pittsburgh in the first round on Jan. 8 or Jan. 9.

    Here are the pros and cons of Kansas City playing to win Sunday against Oakland, securing the No. 3 seed.

    Pros

    Momentum: The Chiefs would love to finish 11-5, by knocking off a rival, finishing the home season 8-0 and rolling into the playoffs.

    New England factor: If the Chiefs are No. 4, they will be poised to play at the top-seed Patriots in the divisional round. If the Chiefs are the No. 3 seed and they win in the first round, they’ll play at the No. 2 seed in the divisional round. That will be at either Pittsburgh or Baltimore. Plus, if things got crazy and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds both lost in the divisional round, the No. 3 seed would be next up on the pecking order to host a title game.

    Cons

    Injury: The Chiefs are pretty healthy right now and they’d love to go into the playoffs at full strength. You’d hate to see a key player get hurt just in the name of fighting for the No. 3 seed. A No. 2 seed and a first-round bye is one thing, but the difference between No. 3 and No. 4 isn’t overly great.

    Rest: A little rest wouldn’t hurt anybody.

    By Bill Williamson

  • hwnrdr

    What if Singletary came here for our LB coach? And who did you want at #8? At least it wasn’t Campbell or Jacoby who the experts said that Al will pick at #8 and stole them in the 4th round. The DTs were gone. I think the only others were Iupatia and Davis who went to SF later…Anyways…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Oft-injured wide receiver Chaz Schilens finally caught a pass this season. In fact, he caught two against the Colts for 17 yards Sunday

    ***

    where is semi pro blogger DMAC?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Good bowl game tonight between Missouri and Iowa.

    McShay says that he thinks the Missouri QB could be the 2nd QB taken, ahead of Cam Newton, Jake Locker and Mallett.

    Stanzi for Iowa is a 3rd round pick potentially.

  • hwnrdr

    Funny because my friend kept asking me who’s #81 every time Chaz lined up…LOL…I guess he forgot about Chaz Schillens…Haha!

  • RaiderRockstar

    JFB,

    Gary Brackett is 5″11″ 235 lbs – he went UNDRAFTED. he outplayed McBust by far on Sunday.

    JFB, how does that factor in to your height/weight/speed thing (you used as a reason McClain is better than Goethel – who we’ve seen very little of) ???

  • hwnrdr

    Yeah but wasn’t Brackett signed in 2003? He played in 2 Super bowls, so that’s not fair…
    Anyways, yes…I too believe that Rolando did not live up to my expectations but I’ll give him a year (unless Marshall gets fired and we go through another defensive change)…

  • RaiderRockstar

    training camp tweets, courtesy of Jerry Mac:

    - Goethel untouched would have blown up Campbell if allowed

    - Daniels drops another one with Goethel in coverage

  • hwnrdr

    I would like to see that kid in year 2…

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2010 at 6:35 am
    training camp tweets, courtesy of Jerry Mac:

    - Goethel untouched would have blown up Campbell if allowed

    - Daniels drops another one with Goethel in coverage

  • RaiderRockstar

    Linebacker Travis Goethel is an inside linebacker and a stout player against the run who could help on special teams.

    -Jerry Mac on April 24th

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jeez a guy playing his 114th career game, not including his 17 playoff games, had a whole 7 tackles and outplayed a 21 year old rookie playing his 14th NFL game??

    You don’t say!!! (BTW, McClain has more TFL’s, INT’s , passes defensed and tied for sacks than Brackett this year, just as a heads up)

    What are you going to ask me next, why did Reggie Wayne outplay Louis Murphy?

  • hwnrdr

    JFB…I think he was comparing Rolando to Goethel in a question to you…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Post-draft Cable Q&A

    Q: What’s your take on your late-round picks?

    Cable: Yeah, Goethel excites me for the fact that he’s a true inside linebacker that’s a tough, downhill player. Just as important, he’s going to enhance our special teams. That gives us a real quality guy there.

    I would think Goethel can have a real role on this football team.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And as far as the height/weight/speed thing, Brackett is known as one of the fastest LB’s in the entire league. His height/weight was an issue, that’s why he went undrafted, has missed at least one game in 5 of his 8 career years, and why the Colts are always bottom-tier in the NFL in rushing defense on the season.

    Goethel is not fast, or big, and got hurt in practice so don’t know how he compares.

  • RaiderRockstar

    What are you going to ask me next, why did Reggie Wayne outplay Louis Murphy?

    ***

    JFB,

    glad to see you’ve flushed that height/weight/speed philosophy down the toilet.

    Wayne was a 1st rounder. Murphy was a 4th rounder. Wayne has Manning at QB and Murphy has Campbell, so I don’t see the comparison.

    You said that McClain would be better than Goethel because he’s bigger, stronger & faster. I posted evidence that a little undrafted guy on the Colts Tampa 2 defense outplayed your Top 10 MLB. Had enough?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I posted evidence that a little undrafted guy on the Colts Tampa 2 defense outplayed your Top 10 MLB. Had enough?

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

    You can bank it that McClain will have a better career than Brackett. Not sure why you continue to close the book on Rolando after 15 games (it really took you zero games as your mind was made up at inception)

    Besides the Colts rushing D has given up 2 less yards a game, lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Our top 10 MLB is anchoring a better than average total defense, and has vastly improved our overrall numbers and helped shave off 20 ypg on our rushing defense from 2009.

    Total defense:

    Raiders 13th (26th in 2009)

    Colts 20th

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    by the way, as for the whole “McClain will get better” crowd:

    Kirk Morrison had 116 (91 solo) tackles his rookie year.

    Rolando McClain has 76 tackles (51 solo) so far this season with 1 game left.

    From Jerry Mac on 12/20/2010:

    With 71 tackles, McClain is tied for sixth among all NFL rookies and is second among linebackers, trailing Indianapolis outside linebacker Pat Angerer (78).

    “My goal is 100 tackles each year so I’m not there yet. I’ve still got a long way to go but I’ve still got two games and I can make up some room,’’ McClain said.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Not sure why you continue to close the book on Rolando after 15 games (it really took you zero games as your mind was made up at inception)

    ***

    At first I called McClain a wasted pick, waste of $40 million and Kirk Morrison clone …

    After 15 games we’ve moved on to bust, Ricky Brown clone, start Goethel chants and trade proposals

    BIG DIFFERENCE! LOL

  • bcz24

    little undrafted guy on the Colts Tampa 2 defense outplayed your Top 10 MLB. Had enough?
    ***********
    That little undrafted guy isnt a rookie. We get it. You DONT like McClain (who has at least made a few plays) but JLH gets a pass cuz they just dont use him. DHB needs more time to be properly evaluated. Huff will be a Pro Bowler in year 6 you just wait and see. McClain… nah. He sucks, no need to see any more of him.

  • RaiderRockstar

    BCZ,

    what do DHB, JLH or Huff have to do with MLB’s?

    we’ve discussed McClain, Morrison, Goethel, Brown and Brackett (solely for HWS purposes) the fact that you guys use experience in this debate is hilarious. Did Brackett get bigger, stronger & faster since 2003? is that what you’re getting at?