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By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 5:47 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Blogs were down for part of the day and I’ve been working on the print product with beat writer Steve Corkran stuck in a travel nightmare from Kansas City, but here are a few highlights from coach Tom Cable’s final press briefing with the local media Monday:

His level of satisfaction with the Raiders’ progress

I’m elated in that regard. I’m disappointed in the playoff thing, though. There was a time in the season where I felt like there would be some key games in there and if we could get one of them it would happen for us. It didn’t and it’s unfortunate, but that’s pro football. You have to take care of business but we certainly got this thing back on its feet and we’re very proud of that.

As I said yesterday, you can’t call us losers anymore, at least from this point forward. That’s a huge accomplishment for this team, particularly for the guys who have been around here for a number of years, and the organization itself. It gives everybody, the city of Oakland, everybody in football, something to look forward to as we move forward.

Grading the season

I would say a B-minus. Anything more than that would have mean going to the playoffs. But there was so much accomplished in terms of getting the team together and keeping them together and playing hard really every week, and going out there and doing it the right way for each other and responding to the challenges that we set out for them, the improvements that we made on offense … we still have some inconsistencies, we turned the ball over too much and too many penalties.

If you’re looking for something as you move forward into 2011 I think those have to be at the top of the list in terms of getting better.

Grading the draft class

I’d give it an A-plus, just flat-out an A-plus. I think those guys from top to bottom have contributed, and they’ve contributed it the right way. They’re awesome young men that just love to play and they do it right and they work at it every day and it shows up on game day how much they’re contributing and they level they’re contributing.

On when he’ll meet with Al Davis to discuss his future

I’m going to rest, you know. I’m going to rest for a few days here, seriously. We’ll have a chance to meet sometime in the next two weeks, I’m sure, but nothing’s been set up. There’s nothing like that. Right now, today, it’s not necessary. We’ll do that moving forward. I think right now, a chance to reflect by everybody, evaluate the team, evaluate the staff, and do those things. I think those things are most important right now, and we’ll sit down whenever it’s right and necessary and we’ll make those decisions.

On speculation reappearing on his future even with a much-improved team

I think it’s more the culture of what it’s been like here. It’s been so up and down for a number of years. Am I surprised by it? No. I’d like for it to just go away and have Al and I sit down and discuss it, which we will. I know what we’ve done. I think everybody else who knows football knows what we’ve done. Whoever says it or writes it probably doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing. You can quote that.

On if it would be frustrating not to be able to finish what he started

Well, it would be, but it’s not for today, I can tell you that. Right now is to get through with the team today, which we just finished up before we came down here, and get ready to start evaluating.

I think that’s the most important thing. One of the things that we did in this organization last year, I felt better that in the years I’ve been here, is we looked at everything and evaluated it, and I think that helped us go into the offseason and really make good decisions, and good choices in the draft. I think collectively, we did it right, and I think it’s on us, the challenge for all of us right now, is to be able to repeat that, if not improve it somehow.

If we can do that, certainly that will give this team another boost if you will and we’ll certainly have something might be special as we go forward.

More to come . . .

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  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    So Hue did not have the No1 offense. I think we finished 8th or so. Not good enough for you? …bring back bed & breakfast baby!

  • 100PercentRaider

    i read somewhere that this was hue’s first season calling plays, hopefully we will see better judgement from him next season

  • lefty12

    Bo-if Harbaugh does go to Michigan,what will happen to Robinson?He isn’t the type of QB Harbaugh likes to have.

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

    I want Hue to stay, I just want Cable as is boss.

  • lefty12

    For once we agree,KK.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Agree that Cable should stay and Hue should call the plays. Now, if we could get some more freedom for our D coordinator…

  • 100PercentRaider

    what do you guys think of dalton from tcu? could be a good mid round pick, and he could sit behind campbell for a year

  • priesttj

    ArnChair Bush wasn’t being subtle about it he spoke plain and clear he didn’t want to hear anymore promises from the coaches he said if they give me the ball I’ll make plays. His words were “you call it I’ll haul it”…….period

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    So Bush is still as good as we though we was. DMac is way better than what he appeared to be. Who’s better? tough one. I give the edge to bush just because he is the bigger back better suited for short yardage and pounding the ball, he catches as well as Dmac and breaks the long ones too…

  • Chris in NY

    Man Harbaugh is an incredibly great coach. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that he’s the best football coach in the country right now not named Belichick.

    No way can we let him go to Denver.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    wow. that TE #82 from stanford is a sneaky one. every time he is wide open for a TD

  • Chris in NY

    Smashmouth, complex, pro-style schemes. Crisp and well executed play. Not afraid to put his foot on the other team’s throat. Harbaugh is gold.

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

    Bush was struggling to get carries before Hue Jackson even got here.

    They were riding Justin Fargas like a mothahubberd.

    Dmac & Bush had to beg for carries, while Davis & Co were forcing the ball to DHB.

  • RaiderDebo

    100PercentRaider Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 pm
    what do you guys think of dalton from tcu? could be a good mid round pick, and he could sit behind campbell for a year
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    If it means getting rid of Rudy Ruettiger, I’m all for it.

  • RaiderDebo

    Dmac & Bush had to beg for carries, while Davis & Co were forcing the ball to DHB.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Not a recipe for success when trying go break in your #1 draft pick in his second year as a starter.

  • Raiders for life

    160.Chris in NY Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:39 pm
    Man Harbaugh is an incredibly great coach. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that he’s the best football coach in the country right now not named Belichick.

    No way can we let him go to Denver.

    #################

    College coach or former assistants. I’d take Chris Peterson over Harbaugh.

  • priesttj

    Boy this fool is crazy DHB is in his 2nd season you Moron I can’t remember anyone forcing balls to DHB maybe a game or so. But what I saw was two rookies being forced on a young QB who wan’t ready for that kind of weight. The Raiders have made some mistakes and clearly DHB is one of them but to say Mr Davis doesn’t want to run the football is asinine. But some people are just that freakin dumb. Even with Fargas we ran the ball a lot.

  • buckeyeraider

    100%,
    That would be a very good idea, IMO. Vegas was talking that kid up the other day before the game. I thought he looked pretty good vs a fairly stout Wisc. defense.

    Bringing in a young QB to sit and learn for a year or two, grooming him for the future would be wise, indeed.

    I don’t think the Raiders long term QB of the future is currently on the roster. JC is going to be 30 and probably isn’t ever going to turn into an elite QB.

    But he did show enough improvement over the last half of the season that he should go into next year as the unquestioned starter, IMO. Hopefully with the coaching staff intact.

    Some stability would do this franchise some good. And no, unlike some others I don’t think they’ve topped out at a mediocre 8-8. I see the potential for continued growth and improvement. They can take the next step.

  • Chris in NY

    Peterson is tremendous as well. Good call. Boise vs. Stanford would’ve been one helluva game.

  • lefty12

    Drafting a QB is a must.Draft one and let him sit at least 3 years-don’t rush him,don’t throw him in too early.If we’d have done that with A.Walter,we’d probably have our future QB today.

  • Raiders for life

    It’s kind of a shame that the BCS didn’t give Boise st. a chance this year. I think they were scared..

  • lefty12

    Stanford would have done the same thing to Boise as they did to VT.

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  • Raiders for life

    172.lefty12 Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    Stanford would have done the same thing to Boise as they did to VT
    ###########

    Naw, Boise has a better coach with no name players.

  • Chris in NY

    The thing that bothers me with DHB is that I don’t see the all-world speed on the field. Jacoby Ford, Chris Johnson, Desean Jackson, these are explosive guys who look to be moving at another speed from the other great athletes on the field. DHB looks barely above average for a WR.

  • Thec07

    YoungAmerican Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm
    This Tyrod Taylor kid can ball…

    +++++++++++

    Yep, flying really low under the radar.

  • rAiDeR_DyNaStY

    Cable next year enough with the courosel

  • lefty12

    That’s why Nevada handled them.

  • priesttj

    I have to agree with Laefty12 on that Stanford plays a very very physcial style of football. No many in college can stand up to it all game long. Oregon barely got by them. They spread them out and hit them with great speed Boise would be hard pressed to stand up to that kind of pressure and that QB as well. Stanford would’ve hung 50+ on Boise St. easy.

  • Raiders for life

    Ouch, good point Lefty. But I thought it was a close game.
    Oh well,

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaTheGuru

    tj, didnt you show chris DHB’s still photos?
    ______

    Chris In NY Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    The thing that bothers me with DHB is that I don’t see the all-world speed on the field. Jacoby Ford, Chris Johnson, Desean Jackson, these are explosive guys who look to be moving at another speed from the other great athletes on the field. DHB looks barely above average for a WR.

  • Chris in NY

    Boise would’ve given Stanford a run for their money. Boise had a ton of talent on both sides of the ball and tremendous coaching. They lost one game over two seasons and if their kicker didn’t choke on a 25 yarded they’d probably be unbeaten through two years.

  • lefty12

    Priest,I think Oregon beat them by 3 TDs-pretty impressive actually considering how good Stanford is.

  • Chris in NY

    With wins over va tech, Oregon and tcu in that span.

  • priesttj

    Chris in NY rest assured DHB can run like the wind, he just doesn’t know how to set up a DB yet. The cushions they give that kid are humongous if JC had the luxury to hold it and then throw it deep DHB would outrun most NFL defenses, not corners the entire defense. His problem is he does sell routes well. and he doesn’t finish routes at all. Thats why you don’t see it. All those guys can flat out run. But DHB and Ford have world class speed.

  • lefty12

    No way Chris.I saw almost every Stanford game and quite a few Boise games-they aren’t close.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaTheGuru

    That got dam J Campbell hit DHB right on his hands and the ball clanked off, that was after his fumble on the end-around though.

    tj, didnt you say a million times DHB just needs a Qb that trust’s him and that can put the ball where he can catch it?

  • Raiders for life

    Stanford would’ve hung 50+ on Boise St. easy.

    ############

    No way, I’m not buying that. The thing that I like most about Peterson is ability to coach fundamentals, not many missed tackles or mis communication with his teams

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaTheGuru

    He doesn’t do anything well. He is a flat out bust. He doesn’t run a good route, his hands are stone. Only an idiot like you would still be yanking his crank this far.

    Rest assured…..lmao
    ______

    Priesttj Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Chris in NY rest assured DHB can run like the wind, he just doesn’t know how to set up a DB yet. The cushions they give that kid are humongous if JC had the luxury to hold it and then throw it deep DHB would outrun most NFL defenses, not corners the entire defense. His problem is he does sell routes well. and he doesn’t finish routes at all. Thats why you don’t see it. All those guys can flat out run. But DHB and Ford have world class speed.

  • lefty12

    Priest that is what I don’t get.They give DHB huge cushions and we don’t take advantage by throwing the quick stand up and fire passes to him.If we did that a few times a game,the stop and go would be there often.

  • Chris in NY

    Boise blew off everyone’s doors and beat some real good teams as well. A top 3 QB, the best WR duo in the country, excellent RB, tough defense. Elite coach.

    You must be a Stanford guy, Lefty. Either that or an AQ conference guy.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaTheGuru

    It could be that he doesn’t catch the ball. Really he has no business being on the field. He’s an embarrassment to the history of this franchise.
    ________

    Lefty12 Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Priest that is what I don’t get.They give DHB huge cushions and we don’t take advantage by throwing the quick stand up and fire passes to him.If we did that a few times a game,the stop and go would be there often.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaTheGuru

    #21 has 0 INT’s , no forced fumbles, and something like 18 tackles on the year and they sent him to the pro bowl?

    LMFAO

    Another embarrassment…pitiful really, #21 should fake an injury and stay home.

  • alex7

    Boise State held Oregon to single digits last year.

    Their coaching keeps them in every single game, despite the type of opponent.

  • Chris in NY

    If I had to bet, Hue is our coach in 2010, Harbaugh goes to Michigan.

  • VanHeathen

    Lets get DHB an actual NFL receivers coach for a season, maybe all of our recievers can learn to catch with their hands, and block downfield better, instead of getting in the RB’s way when he’s about to break one…
    Bring in Tory Holt to work his jugs machine magic w/ all of them…

  • alex7

    Mista,

    DHB would drop half those quick throws.

  • priesttj

    I know Lefty12 I watched it with my bro and father in law who are staunch Stanford fans as I am. O broke it open inn the 2nd half. When Oregon gets you on the run it’s very hard to stop their speed. But I thought if Luck had a bad game at all it was that game. He missed open rec’s in that game. I forgot what the actual score was but I know it was sound.

  • lefty12

    Chris-hate Stanford-Cal Bears all the way.I just think Stanford is without a doubt one of the top 3-4 teams in the country and while I like Boise,I don’t think they could hang this year.What you saw from Stanford tonight is what we out here have seen all year-a really good team with the best QB in college football.