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    Red face Video of Coach Cable’s thursday interview: “We...upgraded ourselves at right tackle"

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    “We have upgraded ourselves at right tackle”

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    Post-practice news, notes

    By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
    Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 3:51 pm in Oakland Raiders.

    News, notes, quotes and observations following Thursday’s media availablity sessions, practice and post-practice press briefing with coach Tom Cable:

    – No surprise the Raiders will string out the official status of Michael Bush until Sunday.

    Bush didn’t practice Thursday, but Cable said he might get in some work Friday morning before the team departs for Nashville and that he will be a “game time decision.”

    At game time, Bush it will have been one day shy of two weeks since Bush had surgery to put screws in his left thumb.

    – Others who didn’t practice were wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee), cornerback Walter McFadden (hamstring) and linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back). Defensive tackle Desmond Bryant (elbow) was limited.

    – Left guard Robert Gallery, talking about the improvements in the Raiders offense, “We have new pieces around us and a quarterback that knows the system and gets rid of the ball. There is a new lease on this offense. We’re the same guys and if sacks are given up, it’s on us. But we have to go out and be good.”

    True enough. If Campbell is sacked six times, they won’t have JaMarcus Russell to kick around anymore.

    – Defensive coordinator John Marshall and his observations on rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain: “I think he’s right there with Lofa Tatupu at this point. Lofa came in, just a tremendous aptitude for football. He understood football, and so does Rolando.

    “Obviously his head coach at Alabama spent time with him and has schooled him real well. He understands concepts, he understands strengths and weaknesses, and of course, being big and fast, that helps. So he’s made a great transition.”

    – Marshall on rookie defensive end Lamarr Houston: “On offense sometimes, not all the time, they’ll hold and do some things to upset him. And he’ll let ‘em know that’s not happening with this guy . . . yesterday he beat somebody in pass rush, I won’t say who, and he was just laughing like crazy.

    “The next time, the offensive lineman was upset, he kind of halfway beat him again, and so the lineman threw him down. Well, (Houston) gets up, he’s laughing, and he says, `That’s what happens when you get beat, you get mad.’ ”

    – Marshall is pleased about the versatility of his unit, noting that cornerback Jeremy Ware can play safety, Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch can line up at slot corner, that his defensive linemen can play both inside and outside and that his linebackers can function as pass rushers.

    Which brings up the question as to whether the Raiders can be so versatile they lose sight of exactly what they do best.

    “No, no, we make sure we’ve got go home to mama defenses,” Marshall said. “You know how mama makes you feel? She cooks for you, washes your clothes, it’s security in that mama’s home? Well, we’ve got things in mama’s home.”

    – Marshall on moving cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to different areas of the defense: “Well, we put him inside last year, and brought him (on blitzes) , and he’ll be moving around, yeah, we’ll utilize him.”

    – Linebacker Thomas Howard, speculated as trade bait and as a candidate to be released after losing his starting job, survived as a core special teams player and a player that defensive coordinator John Marshall said would play certain defensive packages including a “big nickel.”

    Within the last year, Howard not only lost his starting job, but a chance at unrestricted free agency when the NFLPA and owners didn’t reach a collective bargaining agreement. During the NFL draft, one of Howard’s closest friends, Kirk Morrison, was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars after Oakland McClain.

    Instead of waiting for the ax to fall, Howard carved out a niche for himself.

    Special teams coordinator John Fassel said he singled out Howard during a unit meeting as a positive example.

    “I said, ‘You could consider your predicament a demotion or an opportunity,’ ” Fassel said. “And his effort and his willingness to play on special teams and his performance to me has been outstanding.

    “I couldn’t be happier with his willingness to contribute and be a part of that special teams because some people would take it as, ‘I used to be a starter and now I’m on special teams,’ but his attitude’s been great about it, so that’s been fun.”

    Listening to Cable, it’s clear Howard was being watched very closely as to how he was handling the changes.

    “That’s kind of the heartbeat of your team, issues like that,” Cable said. “That’s what makes your chemistry good or bad. He looked at as an opportunity, a different opportunity than he was used to, but I think it’s also kind of rekindled the fire in him.”

    – Fassel on kickoff and punt returner Yamon Figurs: “I was with him his rookie season in Baltimore. He scored three times. (actually twice on returns). He’s a light, fast guy, and if he gets a crease then he’s somebody that has the speed that can score for you. So that’s exciting. I think that’s what he can bring for us as a dual punt returner and kickoff returner. And then he’s got his things he’s got to work on, but to me as a cover team, you’ve got to be a little bit concerned about his ability because of the speed.”

    – Cable confirmed the Raiders worked out former defensive end for the Saints.

    “We’ve had a number of guys in,” Cable said “(It’s) just to know who the player is and be familiar with it if it was necessary down the road.”

    Post-practice news, notes - Inside the Oakland Raiders - A look inside the world of the highly classified Oakland Raiders from the writers of Bay Area News Group
    John Madden:They've got a ways to go. He was playing the game without a full deck. To be honest, they don’t have enough players. The cupboard was pretty bare. It would have been tough to do much more than what they did. If he’s going to do well, they gotta get a lot more … some teams need a quarterback or a running back, or a pass rusher … . The Raiders need a whole barrel of guys!

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    I trust John Marshall's assessment of the defense. IN THE PRE-SEASON...it looks very much like what he ran in Seattle...which is nothing like what he ran last year in Oakland. If we see THAT defense, I will be very happy.

    Hue Jackson's play calling in pre-season appeared that he was actually planning for the team if he was playing...if this continues...I will be very happy.

    We have seen this all before....IN THE PRE-SEASON....If I see it sunday I will be absolutely stoked.

    Before you challenge the Raider Fans to sell out the Colisseum or say the locals don't support the team Please Read Raider187's extremely informative post: http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakl...ance-woes.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjayboogie View Post
    I trust John Marshall's assessment of the defense. IN THE PRE-SEASON...it looks very much like what he ran in Seattle...which is nothing like what he ran last year in Oakland. If we see THAT defense, I will be very happy.

    Hue Jackson's play calling in pre-season appeared that he was actually planning for the team if he was playing...if this continues...I will be very happy.

    We have seen this all before....IN THE PRE-SEASON....If I see it sunday I will be absolutely stoked.
    Is that the 4-3 under? We didn't run any of that last year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaiderInSD21 View Post
    Is that the 4-3 under? We didn't run any of that last year?
    We did against Philly...

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    Whos this upgrade at RT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 101proofRdrFan View Post
    Whos this upgrade at RT?
    A scarecrow is an upgrade over Cornell Green

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    Quote Originally Posted by 101proofRdrFan View Post
    Whos this upgrade at RT?
    Any OL > Cornell Green

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTF View Post
    We did against Philly...
    Yeah, and we PW3ND Philly!!!!

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    It was so fun watching that Defense against Philadelphia

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    Marshall to me has so much potential as a coach, but will always be held back from the organization. I hope we see more of what he is good at, blitzing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anth0nyi3m View Post
    Any OL > Cornell Green
    Sad, but true. A turnstile would be an upgrade.
    There is only one thing I don't like about Colorado

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    Raider pigeon > Cornell Green

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    Quote Originally Posted by anth0nyi3m View Post
    Any OL > Cornell Green
    my grandma's montgomery wards bra > cornell Green....

    Before you challenge the Raider Fans to sell out the Colisseum or say the locals don't support the team Please Read Raider187's extremely informative post: http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakl...ance-woes.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Tre View Post
    Raider pigeon > Cornell Green
    Raider Pigeon was better on special teams than most of our squad last year....dang that just made me feel good..

    Before you challenge the Raider Fans to sell out the Colisseum or say the locals don't support the team Please Read Raider187's extremely informative post: http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakl...ance-woes.html

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    I wonder who the got as a upgrade? i have heard nothing yet

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