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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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  • RaiderRockstar

    bcz24 Says:
    December 28th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    McClain… nah. He sucks, no need to see any more of him.

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    Printed

  • bcz24

    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.
    *************
    Kirk started all 16 games as a rookie (Rolando missed the whole Jax game and most of the Chiefs game), and it WASNT at MLB, meaning he wasnt responsible for calling the plays, and making sure everyone is aligned properly. RoMac has WAY more responsibility on the field than Morrison did.

  • RaiderRockstar

    RoMac has WAY more responsibility on the field than Morrison did.

    ***

    McClain is a Top 10 draft pick. Morrison was a 3rd rounder

    you don’t expect ROMAC to produce any more than say … Donald Butler, Navorro Bowman or Rennie Curran ??? no wonder you fellas think he’s a stud! haha

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    god morning raider nation!

  • bcz24

    what do DHB, JLH or Huff have to do with MLB’s?
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    Why are MLBs held to a higher standard than other players? Is Rolando SOLELY responsible for our shoddy run defense? No. Just like YOU said yesterday, football is a team sport. It takes 11 guys to score points, and it takes 11 guys to stop the run.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    231.Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm
    Alex7, NFL games are hard to judge by numbers alone. When you look at 11 carries for DMAC and 42 passes for JC against INdy’s D, it looks like Hue took the day off. But as you pointed out, about half of those pass attempts came late when the run was no longer an option trailing by two TDs.

    Problem with you thinking is how quickly Oakland gave up on pounding the ball inside. The opening KO return for TD kept the Raiders in the game the entire first half, when more should have been done on the ground directly challenging the Colts’ front seven.

    Also, there is no way in hell Bush is more effective in the red zone, inside the 10-yard line, or inside the 1-yard line than DMAC. DMAC is an end zone hound and always has been. Bush is a 240-pound tip-toer who otherwise is a decent backup, but he should not be getting carries in winning minutes down near the goal-line. DMAC can score it in so many ways down there, and if you prove that week in and week out, then that gives the D more to think about.

    Bush failed way too many times inside the 1 this year, and really, most of his team-leading 7 TDs were either ingarabge time of blowouts OR they were runs that and scrub in the league could have finsihed after DMAC did all the heavy lifting.

    I know I’ll get crucified for calling Bush out a bit here, because all the Raiders love him, but he is not the caliber back that DMAC is, and the Raider’s brainstrust that has convinced themselves that he is a better runner in goal-line situations need to go back and watch DMAC’s career film inside the 5-yard-line.

    Hell, even this season DMAC has been more effective by the percentages when you compare his attempts to Bush’s inside the 10-yard line.

    +++++++++++

    This is one smart dude!

  • Just Fire Baby

    2nd best among all rookies at LB isn’t so bad is it?

    Angerer has him by 4 tackles.

    What would you say if he ends up leading all rookie LB’s in tackles?

  • bcz24

    You are also leaving out the fact that teams gameplan more for Romac than they did for Captain Overpursuit. OLinemen are chipping off their DLine guys and getting down to put a block on Romac. His presence has CLEARLY improved our DLine play.

    Fact. Raiders cant stop the run. If you say Romac is a bust, I say the ENTIRE defense needs to be cut. The run defense sucked for 7 years before McClain arrived. If he sucks then the rest of these vets should be kicked out of the league.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    mcclain is just a rookie…give him time!

  • bcz24

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 28th, 2010 at 7:19 am
    2nd best among all rookies at LB isn’t so bad is it?

    Angerer has him by 4 tackles.

    What would you say if he ends up leading all rookie LB’s in tackles?
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    Angerer has played in 1.75 more games too.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Is Rolando SOLELY responsible for our shoddy run defense? No. Just like YOU said yesterday, football is a team sport. It takes 11 guys to score points, and it takes 11 guys to stop the run

    ***

    fair enough – good point

    But can you really deny the fact that McClain was drafted to fix the run defense? He wasn’t drafted that high or paid that much to swat down a few passes …

    ROMAC was also given a MUCH better supporting cast on D than Morrison and we’re actually scoring under Hue Jax.

    oh what could have been?

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    308.bcz24 Says:
    December 28th, 2010 at 7:21 am
    You are also leaving out the fact that teams gameplan more for Romac than they did for Captain Overpursuit. OLinemen are chipping off their DLine guys and getting down to put a block on Romac. His presence has CLEARLY improved our DLine play.

    Fact. Raiders cant stop the run. If you say Romac is a bust, I say the ENTIRE defense needs to be cut. The run defense sucked for 7 years before McClain arrived. If he sucks then the rest of these vets should be kicked out of the league.
    +++++++++++++

    They did the same thing last year with Morrison….the problem isn’t the MLB, the problem is that we don’t have a dominant NT who requires two blockers to stay on him during the entire run play. On run plays Kelly and Seymour simply do not command that much respect. The problem is that NT don’t grow on trees.

    Our run D would vastly improve with a legit 350 lb NT sitting next to Kelly on the interior, and Seymour holding down the LDE position like we know he can. A little more zone coverage on likely running downs would help too. Difficult for our DBs to help on the outside when their backs are almost always turned to the LOS.

  • Just Fire Baby

    McClain has been a tad disappointing at times against the run. No doubt.

    He has been better than expected covering passes, and hopefully he can continue to improve in this area as well.

    I was a huge Kirk fan for about 4 years, than I soured on him. I am going to give McClain the same 4 years until I close the book on him as well.

  • bcz24

    A little more zone coverage on likely running downs would help too. Difficult for our DBs to help on the outside when their backs are almost always turned to the LOS.
    **********
    We tried that early this year, it didnt help.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Curious to know if the Raiders have ever had a top 5 rushing defense.

    I know back in the hay-day they played great coverage, intimidated WR’s, got turnovers and beat up QB’s.

    But did they ever lead the league, or come close, in rushing defense?

    Seems the “Raider System” of 1-1 matchups and man coverage is just not condusive to being an elite rushing D.

    If McClain ever gets us into the top 10 in rushing defense they might as well create a bust for him in the HOF.

  • bcz24

    Im not trying to sell McClain as the next Ray Lewis or Pat Willis but to call him a bust already is foolish. Give him a few years. I DO agree with Dakota that we need a true ‘big nast’ NT though. We SHOULD have drafted Cody instead of Houston. I like 99 but I think we would be ok without his 4 sacks and 1 FF

  • hwnrdr

    Ray Lewis is one of a kind…kind of hard to compare anyone with him. Pat Willis, got ran over by LaMont Jordan, but had Big Mike Singletary as his position coach and made him a beast.

  • Stabler76

    Left guard Robert Gallery N0. 2 pick of the 2004 NFL draft.

    Funny, I watched 5 seconds of the SF game and noticed Barry Sims still playing.

    Gallery couldnt beat out Sims in 2004 so he got moved to right tackle. Madden calling the game said that Gallery’s tatoos were on the wrong side now.

    Gallery was supposed to dominate the league at the left tackle position for 10 years.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Gallery was supposed to dominate the league at the left tackle position for 10 years.
    —————-
    That was according to EVERYBODY in the NFL too. Sad, we could still use a 10yr superstar from the 2nd pick overall.

  • http://atm Raider O

    For someone who likes played like Huff and JLH, you are too hard on McClain.
    It took Huff 3-4 years to start playing better, and JLH hasn’t played well since the 2008 season.
    Stop hating on my boy!!
    McClain is a stud!
    McClain > Kirk.
    Go Aztecs!!!!

    Good Morning Nation!

  • http://atm Raider O

    That Gallery draft sset us back a few years.
    We passes on:
    Larry Fitz
    Wilfork
    S Taylor
    Rivers
    Big Ben
    Tommie Harris

    I’m still pi$$ed!! One of the best drafts in the history of the game, we have the 2nd pick, and we end up with a G?!?!?!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Players*
    set*

  • Stabler76

    Larry Fitz
    Wilfork
    S Taylor
    Rivers
    Big Ben
    Tommie Harris
    =====================================

    I did not think about that….

    Oh man… shaking my head

  • RaiderRockstar

    Stop hating on my boy!!
    McClain is a stud!

    ***

    O,

    McClain might be better than Frantz Joseph, but not by much :P

  • http://atm Raider O

    C Gamble
    D Robinson
    DJ Williams
    J Vilma
    Dansby
    Steven Jackson
    Winslow
    Lee Evans

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    I wanted Larry Fitz, but was happy to be getting this all world LT from Iowa who never gave up a sack and would solidify the LT spot for 10-12 years…..but I wasn’t privy to the draft info I am now…but the Raiders should have know about his short arms and slow side to side speed.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    **known**

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Any regrets on our last draft ????

  • http://atm Raider O

    McClain will be a PB MLB. Print that!

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    More on Bush:

    I’m not suggesting he is not a decent backup, but I also think he is being given too much credit here. He was the most productive Raider RB a season ago, but that is not saying much. You had 3 RBs then, which is really having minus-3.

    Bush’s ypc are not good, and he has been average at best taking handoffs inside the 10- and 5-yard lines. Percentage-wise, DMAC has been better inside the 10 and 5.

    I disagree with the idea that DMAC and Bush are the best 1-2 rushing combo. Looking within the division, KC has a better 1-2 combo. And I don’t think Bush should be given every 3rd or 4th series. Those are typically lost series every game. You take away the HR threat, and if you’ll look back since the Week 4 hammy injury, DMAC has carried the ball 20 times in only two games. This means Bush is getting too many snaps.

    Bush would be better used in the Wildcat (again, if run properly) and with DMAC in the slot or motioning out of the FB position. And I would not use Bush in the red zone unless DMAC was hurt.

    Those who point to DMAC’s issues staying healthy as a need for a quality backup are absolutely correct. That does not mean Bush has been used in a way that makes his production better and give defenses more to worry about when he is on the field. The rotation is jacked up, the red-zone thinking is plain dumb, and most of you are hung up on a few good games by a decent backup and now you are blinded into thinking you have two NFL starters on your roster.

    Just look at Bush’s two biggest plays this season: a 55-yard catch-and-run that was a fluke ricochet that touched three other players traveling across the field v. Seattle, and a 24-yard run that was the result of JC improvising and pitching the ball to Bush to avoid a sack on a passing play against the Chargers.

    Take away those two plays, and his anemic numbers paint a more realistic picture. Same thing with his TD production. Seriously, 1-yard runs on his 2nd and 3rd attempts at the goal line in garbage time or after DMAC does the grinding to get you there.

    Again, I see value in the guy, just not the value the rest of you see.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Why would anyone draft an OT and pass on a QB like Big Ben when we needed both positions.
    We needed a S, DT, LB, OL, QB, and I think WR too.
    We drafted a G!?!?

  • RaiderRockstar

    White joined the Spokane Shock on October 15, 2010. He would go on to have a storybook season with 66 receptions for 925 yards with 18 touchdowns. He helped the Shock reach ArenaBowl XXIII where the Shock defeated the Tampa Bay Storm.

    On August 24, 2010, White signed a contract with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL

    ***

    trade Rolando McClain to the Hartford Colonials for WR Markee White!

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    OL and run-stoppers the biggest need for Raiders in the next draft. They do NOT need to draft another receiver! Too many young WRs on the roster now. They need to sign a vetern wideout with some ceiling left. This should be a decent QB draft, but the Raiders need a value pick, not a headliner.

  • McRaider5150

    Our run D has been suspect for years now. Lets call it like it is.

    Al Davis refuses to change the scheme. Until we change the scheme, or get a high powered offense that can score 30 points a game to force the other team to throw more than run, our D will not be top 10 against the run.

    A stud NT will get us to TOP 15

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    No need to worry about drafting a high risk no. one this year.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Trade RR for a poster with more sense.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Who will you cheer for after we lose JLH & Huff to FA? McClain?

  • bcz24

    Raider O Says:
    December 28th, 2010 at 8:57 am
    Who will you cheer for after we lose JLH & Huff to FA? McClain?
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    Travis Goethal and Stevie Brown.

  • RaiderRockstar

    2004 Draft (besides Gallery):

    2 45 Jake Grove G Virginia Tech
    3 67 Stuart Schweigert SAF Purdue
    4 99 Carlos Francis WR Texas Tech
    5 134 Johnnie Morant WR Syracuse
    6 166 Shawn Johnson DE Delaware
    6 182 Cody Spencer LB North Texas
    7 245 Courtney Anderson TE San Jose State
    7 255 Andre Sommersell — Colorado State

    ***

    how about Darnell Dockett in RD2 or Matt Scaub in RD3? Jared Allen in RD4, Michael Turner in RD5, Corey Williams & Shane Olivea in RD6

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMAO Bcz24.

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    Please stop. I think I’m going to be sick.
    Damn that 04 draft!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Who will you cheer for after we lose JLH & Huff to FA?

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    Campbell, McFadden, Bush, Miller, Veldheer, Gallery, Satele, Lechler, Janikowski, Condo, Seymour, ShoNasty, Houston, Henderson, Wimbley, Goethel, Asomugha, Branch, Mitchell, CJ37

    recently added:

    Kelly, Routt, Reece, Ford

  • raiderinpa

    beach Says:
    December 28th, 2010 at 12:06 am
    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!
    ********************************
    Sums it all up, PERIOD!! You dont abandon your best (ONLY) facet on the offense. Run it enough, DMac or Bush will eventually break a big gainer….

  • RaiderRockstar

    A stud NT will get us to TOP 15

    ***

    weren’t a few of us saying that LAST YEAR ???

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Chargers claim Norv will be back in 2011…..guess Jeff Fisher is going to have to settle for the 49ers job.

  • J Hill

    JFB,

    How did matt Ryan look to you yesterday?

  • RaiderRockstar

    BCZ,

    when did I ever give a glowing review of Stevie Brown?

    thats a dangerous assumption. I’ll wait

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chargers claim Norv will be back in 2011

    ***

    good, maybe we’ll go 6-0 in the AFC West (again)

  • RaiderRockstar

    How did matt Ryan look to you yesterday?

    ***

    like Jason Campbell!

  • RaiderRockstar

    7 or 8 wins is going to take the NFC West (puke)