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    Cable at the combine - Inside the Oakland Raiders - A look inside the world of the highly classified Oakland Raiders from the writers of Bay Area News Group


    Cable at the combine

    By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
    Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 7:19 am in Oakland Raiders.

    Managed to get a transcript of the Q&A session with Raiders coach Tom Cable at the Indianapolis scouting combine Sunday. So here it, is, albeit a day late:

    Q: What is the Raiders QB situation for 2010?

    Cable: You know, getting ready to start the offseason and get to OTAs and minicamp and let the job be competed for. Thatís where weíre at in terms of our starting quarterback.

    Q: Who will competition include?

    Cable: All those guys so long as we can get some them re-signed and see if we add anybody to the mix.

    Q: Is QB a position you might look for in the draft?

    Cable: For us, we have to look at a number of things, so I donít think you would discount that or any other position.

    Q: What are some other positions of need?

    Cable: For us right now probably working a little bit on the line of scrimmage and the secondary and some things like that. And really come away from this combine and knowing whatís going to be available, so you can really put your finger on some of that.

    Q: Offensive or defensive line?

    Cable: I think both. You always have to look at it and see where you want to be in those two areas.

    Q: Is offensive tackle a position you wouldíve wanted to fill last year?

    Cable: The way Mario Henderson played to close out 2008, we felt good pretty good about it. As long as we can continue to get him better and improve him, which heís done, and weíll make the right decisions that way.

    Q: What was the impact of Richard Seymour?

    Cable: I think he was everything I thought heíd be. I heard a lot about who he is as a person and what heíd bring to the locker room and the practice field and preparation and all those things. To me, he accomplished everything I heard about him. The thing I probably was most excited about was how much he impacted our young players on the football team. Heís been in the NFL for some time and he knows how to prepare. How to get himself ready, how to take notes. The time it takes, day to day, week to week, as you go through the season. And, ultimately, how to take care of your body. So I think there were a lot of good lessons learned there from a bunch of young football players.

    Q: Is there some blueprint that can used comparing JaMarcus Russell to Vince Young?

    Cable: I have not put a lot of thought on this at this point. Right now the focus has been on getting this evaluated and getting ready for free agency and the draft. JaMarcus is working and doing things he should be doing right now. And heíll get himself prepared to compete for the job. Thatís the only way to look at it.

    Q: How important is Seymourís leadership on young players?

    Cable: Very important. Both he and Greg Ellis brought a lot of that to our football team. And guys like Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski I thought brought some of that to the other side of the ball. I donít think you can ever have a team that can turn it around and start building something without that type of leadership in the locker room.

    Q: Are you hoping Seymour extends his deal beyond the one year?

    Cable: I certainly you hope so. Weíll continue to work on all that. And I think Richard wants to be there and get his family settled. Those are the things important to him.

    Q: Have Darren McFaddenís injuries kept him from taking lead role?

    Cable: I think so. Every time heís gotten himself going and had pretty good production something has happened to either take him out of that game or not let him be as big a part in the next one. Heís a fine player and as heís able to stay healthy for longer periods of time youíll see more for what we all hope.

    Q: Reaction to possibility overtime rules will be changed for playoffs

    Cable: Well, you know, for me, having spent quite a while in college football, thatís kind of the dynamic way to play overtime. I think both teams getting a fair shot at it and put into a stress environment in terms of a short field and all of those things and yet play off each other and answer what the other team did. I think that brings more strategy into this whole thing. Where they go with it and how they get there will be talked about and decided. Iím comfortable with it. I think there needs to be something, so weíll see what theyíre doing.

    Q: What if itís just used in playoffs and not regular season?

    Cable: Well, again, weíll see. Hopefully weíre one of the teams in playoffs that has to worry about that sort of thing.

    Q: Do you expect Javon Walker to be on the team? And why havenít you been able to get him going?

    Cable: To answer the second question first, really weíve had the emergence of those young players and really Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens and Johnnie Lee Higgins give us something. Darius Heyward-Bey gets hurt and misses a good chunk of the season. So I think itís there development and trying to bring that group along. Will he be there next year? Weíll see.

    Q: Compare having one guy to get all offseason reps at QB, opposed to competition?

    Cable: To me, that would help our football team right now to get into more of that competition. As we said the last time we met as a football team, the next step for us as a team is going to be the biggest, itís going to be the hardest. Weíre competitive now, but you got to win more and win the games youíre supposed to win. And I think competition helps you do those kinds of things. Iím all for having guys going at it and battle for the job.

    Q: Was your job security ever a question for you?

    Cable: No, it wasnít. We went through the evaluation process. As I was told, ĎYouíre under contract and we need to talk about everything.í Thatís what we did. There was a lot of speculation but the whole time I went to work every day and did what I knew I needed to do to get ready for the evaluation, get ready for the Senior Bowl,
    ready for all those things that were coming up.

    Q: When were you told you were coming back?

    Cable: I was never told I wasnít. . . . Thatís the one misnomer. There was a lot of speculation. But every day I went to work and every day I got ready for the routine, the self-scout and all the things youíd normally do. So for me sitting back, I wondered what all the fuss was about. I just going to work every day.

    Q: How do you cope with all the distractions?

    Cable: I donít have that much distraction. I have a wonderful wife and kids and good family. Good coaching staff. Players I like to be around and coach all the time. So I really donít worry about things I canít control. Those are things that are immediate in my life that I can take care of.

    Q: Are you taking part in negotiating contracts?

    Cable: Weíve all kind of been involved in it, meaning the owner and I and other people in the building. I think thatís the way itís always been done. It was that way last year and again this year. For me, itís nothing new.

    Q: Were you in the room when Sebastian Janikowskiís contract was being negotiated?

    Cable: Some of that, yes.

    Q: Nnamdi Asomugha has been rumored as a player on the trade block. Are you open to trading your best player?

    Cable: We get a ton of calls about a lot of players on our football team all the time. In fact, before I came in here I was on the phone about something. To me, that stuff happens in the NFL. Itís going to happen all the time, so people call you and you listen. And see if anything interests you or doesnít interest you. Sometimes itís crazier than you think what theyíre talking about. So you just take the call and you listen.

    Q: Do you want to tell us who you were talking to?

    Cable: No.

    Q: Are you sure?

    Cable: No.

    Q: Mike Iupati, guard from Idaho, and his chance to be a strong player?

    Cable: Absolutely. First of all, heís an Idaho Vandal, so Iím biased. Heís a terrific player. I think his future will be very bright. Heís going to have to transition from that level to the NFL. But he showed he has the ability to do that at the Senior Bowl. Iím very proud of him. Iím pulling for him to succeed, big time.

    Q: How much do the Raiders place on the combine. Perception is biggest-fastest-strongest is going to be a Raider?

    Cable: I donít know. How about the best player? Letís talk that way. We need to get better in some areas, so you got to look at this thing and find who you think the best players are, rather than they jump the highest or run the fastest. It shouldnít make a damn difference. He has to be able to play football good enough for you to become a championship team. At the end of the day, thatís what really counts. A lot of guys who run fast canít play dead. For me, get the best players targeted
    and go back and sit down as a group, collectively put that together, and start your process.

    Q: Given that, how did Darius Heyward-Beyís first season go?

    Cable: I think there were some good and some things that were probably disappointing. The injury, to me, is disappointing. I think the amount of pressure that was put on that kid from all angles, the scrutiny came the day he was picked, probably unfair but, hey, this is the NFL and thatís what it is. But with his work ethic and his character, heís going to be what heís supposed to be. Youíll be excited to write about him soon.

    Q: Have you made your RFA tenders?

    Cable: Weíll do that when we get back.

    Q: How would you assess the performance of Michael Huff?

    Cable: Iíve always felt Michael was on the cusp of his breakthrough. He had it this year. Lionel Washington and those guys on defense really got him ready to go, and I thought he was outstanding the whole year from the first game all the way through the last one. It was definitely a breakthrough for Michael, and hopefully thatís just the sign of where heís at as a player now and we can get a lot of big play from him.

    Q: Do you still need to weed out guys who `donít get ití?

    Cable: I think as I stood up here last year we talked about some of those things. I think weíve done that. We kind of go to work for a common theme now, which is to succeed. And I donít think you can do that if you have a bunch of knuckleheads. I feel good about our team. What I want to do is improve our team. What I want to do is improve our team and itís talent level and take the younger players and develop them even further than we have at this point. So I like where the teamís at that way. For us, again, the next step is becoming a winning team with some consistency. And thatíll be the hardest step.

    Q: What does team need to do to improve?

    Cable: All of the above. The first thing we need to do is get better at taking care of the football offensively and getting turnovers defensively. Then, we got to throw the ball on offense and stop the big play on defense. You can put your hands on those things. You can say thatís something we have to start from Day 1 and start preaching Ė not that we havenít. But itís got to become so focused here Ė not take anything away from anything else. But those areas, if we can really make some inroads there, weíll be a pretty good team.

    Q: Whatís the risk of taking a player like Mike Mitchell who wasnít invited to the combine? And were you concerned about public perception?

    Cable: No. Look, what Iíve been through, that doesnít matter to me that way. If people watch Mike play the last six weeks, theyíd say, ĎThatís why they took him.í He was sensational. He impacted the last six games as much as anybody on our defense in a number of ways because he can play in all your packages. So to worry about that now, not at all. The bottom line is to find the best players whether theyíre under a rock or at the combine. It doesnít matter.

    Q: Was there a feeling somebody else was going to get Mitchell?

    Cable: We knew teams knew about him. We knew there were three other teams that liked Mike like we did. So it was going to be a matter of who came up first in the draft.

    Q: With all you gave up to acquire Seymour, was the value there?

    Cable: I think so, if you look at what he brought to our team . . . the opponentsí ability, or lack thereof, to run at him, run on that side of the line of scrimmage. Iíd like to see a little more pass rush out of him, which heíll probably be the first to tell you that. But with all those things considered, yeah, definitely. If you can get that out of a first-round pick, youíve done pretty well.

    Q: Has Russell given you assurances heíll take care of himself in the offseason?

    Cable: Itís really not about him giving assurances. Itís simply, he has a job to do like everybody else. Do your job and do it in a matter helps this team succeed. We have talked a couple of times. I know heís working and Iím anxious for the offseason program to get started so we can see him all the time.

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    Mario Henderson played well toward the end of 2008? Did he mean 2009? Why would he sing praises of how a tackle played a year ago, unless it was a typo.

    Also, when did Cable get married again? None of our business I know, but I'm glad to see he moved forward with his life.
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    Looking at secondary?
    What about linebackers please

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaiderTantrum View Post
    Looking at secondary?
    What about linebackers please
    agreed, our secondary is a lot better than our LBs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaiderTantrum View Post
    Looking at secondary?
    What about linebackers please
    "Cable: For us, we have to look at a number of things, so I don’t think you would discount that or any other position."

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    Quote Originally Posted by smucky View Post
    Mario Henderson played well toward the end of 2008? Did he mean 2009? Why would he sing praises of how a tackle played a year ago, unless it was a typo.

    Also, when did Cable get married again? None of our business I know, but I'm glad to see he moved forward with his life.
    He was asked whether he wanted to take an offensive tackle in LAST YEAR'S DRAFT... then said how Mario had finished out the 2008 season well, which he did. Soooo, it made sense. No typo there.

    He's been married dude. The whole domestic abuse was from twenty or so years ago with his first wife.

    Quote Originally Posted by RaiderTantrum View Post
    Looking at secondary?
    What about linebackers please
    Secondary? Uh, Nnamdi, CJ, Routt, and....... some wideout turned DB. Yeah, I'd say that secondary is pretty necessary to look at in terms of depth. If any of the first three guys goes down, then there's a big hole in the secondary.

    That's not to say that the linebacker position doesn't need to be looked at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smucky View Post
    Mario Henderson played well toward the end of 2008? Did he mean 2009? Why would he sing praises of how a tackle played a year ago, unless it was a typo.

    Also, when did Cable get married again? None of our business I know, but I'm glad to see he moved forward with his life.
    The question was in regards to last years draft which is why Cable referenced 2008.

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    Sounds like Javon is getting cut which is good

    hopefully Al brings in a football player to take his place

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    I think we get alot crap from our draft picks and I dont see how we draft any better or worse then most teams. I would say we have done okay over the years with first rnd picks. Our problem is that we pick guys too soon,like DHB because we could have moved down and picked the kid up and made our team a hell of alot better

    I would like to know a team that has as many HOF players that were picked first rnd? I think some of our guys have panned out,Nnamdi is great,huff has finallly steped up,Gallery has been playing well since we moved him around,grove was good and he is doing well with the phins.

    I think Tom is going to do a good job in this draft he has a eye for talent on the oline and we have see what he can do with average Oline players and make them alot better. I would love to see what he can do with someone like Bruce Campbell who I think at #8 is not that bad of a pick because any guy thats ahead of him is going to be gone as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R8drTahoe View Post

    He's been married dude. The whole domestic abuse was from twenty or so years ago with his first wife.

    No, the allegation last year was also from his recent girlfriend. He wasn't married last year. Not that this is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8485 View Post
    I think we get alot crap from our draft picks and I dont see how we draft any better or worse then most teams. I would say we have done okay over the years with first rnd picks.
    The Raiders have drafted two Pro Bowl players since 2000 - one of them a punter. Of their last 11 first-round picks, one two (Gallery and Nnamdi) have been quality NFL starters.
    And you think they're doing OK?

    You are a very easy grader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OWShaddock View Post
    The Raiders have drafted two Pro Bowl players since 2000 - one of them a punter. Of their last 11 first-round picks, one two (Gallery and Nnamdi) have been quality NFL starters.
    And you think they're doing OK?

    You are a very easy grader.
    How many team do that well is my point. I really feel we dont hit and miss as much as alot of teams do or more then anyone else. There have been moves that we have made that are great and some that have been bad.

    The problem is the last 7 years we have been bad and are always there with a top pick and all eyes are on us.

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    He answered this one wrong:


    Q: Reaction to possibility overtime rules will be changed for playoffs?

    A: This will never affect us. Next question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8485 View Post
    How many team do that well is my point. I really feel we dont hit and miss as much as alot of teams do or more then anyone else. There have been moves that we have made that are great and some that have been bad.

    The problem is the last 7 years we have been bad and are always there with a top pick and all eyes are on us.
    I'd say almost every team has done better.
    Just stick within the division and take a look at what Pro Bowlers other teams have added since 2000 in the draft or with undrafted free agents:

    Denver: Seven (Gold, O'Neal, Portis, Cutler, Marshall, Clady, Dumervil)

    KC: Four (Waters, Hall, Johnson, Allen)

    Oakland: Two (Asomugha, Lechler)

    San Diego: Ten (Tomlinson, Brees, Rivers, Hardwick, Turner, Kaeding, Merriman, Jackson, Cromartie, McNeill)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hector234 View Post
    agreed, our secondary is a lot better than our LBs.
    I totally agree. At least get solid runstopper and move morrison to the outside. We also need a good heavy runstopping DT. IMO that alone would at least put us in the middle rankings for rushing yards allowed.

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