After taking a day off, the Oakland Raiders continued to prepare for Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Some of that preparation came in the form of adding a new player like Langston Walker, while some of the preparation was getting a player already on the roster back on the field, such as Chaz Schilens.
On Monday, Cable had talked about the team being much like it had been when he took over for Lane Kiffin last season–working hard, but not getting the results from it.
Star defensive end Richard Seymour agreed with that assessment. “Obviously we’ve got to play better fundamental football,” said Seymour who joined the team just in time for their first game of the season. “I think everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror and do a better job all the way across the board, starting with me and everyone on this team.“
The major problem on the Raiders is that many of the players are ‘hoping’ that the rest of their teammates are looking in the mirror and making the changes necessary to become better as a team. “I’ve just been worrying about what I have to get done,” said rookie wide receiver Louis Murphy. “Hopefully other players can see it, and just help the game some way some how.”
“As an offensive player, all you can do is look at what we’re doing as an offense and we’re not happy,” said the Raiders’ leading receiver Zach Miller. The offense has been a big issue this season, only gaining more than 200 yards in a game just once–the season opener against the San Diego Chargers.
The defense can’t be too happy either–especially when they let up 28 points in less than 18 minutes of playing the New York Giants on Sunday. “We’ve got to do a better job starting in the classroom,” said Seymour who knows a little about winning championships from being a Patriot. “We have to understand what we’re doing out on the football field and be able to transfer it to the field.”
Like I said, everyone knows we have a lot of talent, but talent alone isn’t going to get it done. We have to come together, we have to prepare throughout the week. And in my mind, it’s two games. It’s a game throughout the week as far as the mental preparation–what team is going to have the edge coming into the game–and then obviously the team that plays the best on Sunday is the team that’s going to win. It’s really a mental battle. And obviously we have a young team. It isn’t like a veteran team, but we still have to go out and take care of our jobs.
– Richard Seymour on what it takes for the Raiders to win on Sundays
Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller looking to buy the Raiders?
On Bill O’Reilly’s show, The O’Reilly Factor, the following back and forth with the host and comedian turned political pundit Dennis Miller took place prior to discussing the Rush Limbaugh NFL ownership controversy:
O’Reilly: Okay, you know this Limbaugh story. This is interesting on a bunch of levels. Particularly for guys like you and me who say provocative things all the time. Now not many people know this, but Miller and I have been discussing buying the Oakland Raiders who haven’t won a game since 1812.
Miller: Billy, the Raiders play like they’re wearing the patch on the good eye.
O’Reilly: They came into New York last Sunday, it was, it was sad. It’s a sad situation because they used to be such a great team.
Pinheads or Patriots? You decide.
Tom Cable to not pass go?
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the transcript of the recorded greeting by Napa D.A. Gary Lieberstein concerning Cable and his involvement with breaking Randy Hanson’s jaw:
I do not expect that there will be any updates this week. We are continuing to review the matter, as I have stated in prior messages. I can confirm that the case is under review in the Napa County District Attorney’s Office and as soon as we’ve reached a filing decision we will update this line and give you new information. But as of this time and this date, October 12, there is no new information to share with you. I would recommend that you check back again in the later afternoon next Monday, October 19. Thank you very much.
Ricky Brown not planning on having surgery
Brown was seen on crutches wearing a cast on Wednesday and talked about it a little. He was on his way to the doctor and had no timetable for his return, but did say he wasn’t going to have surgery. He also wasn’t sure what ligaments had been damaged, but he did know when it happened.
Yeah, it was a couple plays before that screen pass. I thought it was just a bad sprained ankle so I was going to tough it out. And then, uh, happened on one play, and then the next play, really wasn’t, um, I cut off it, I kind of jumped around a little bit and then the last play I was in was that screen. And when I broke on the screen to come back up to tackle, I mean, it just gave out on me.
Other News and Notes:
- WR/KR Nick Miller didn’t practice and is still listed as OUT for this week.
- WR Schilens was limited, but did practice. Cable said he looked good in what he did do for the day. Schilens will get more work heaped on him as the week goes on and it’s possible he could play on Sunday.
- FB Luke Lawton did not practice and is day to day.
- RB Darren McFadden is listed as out and also did not practice. He’s not scheduled to come back until after the bye.
- RT Cornell Green is also out and isn’t practicing. His return date is the same as McFadden’s.
- LG Robert Gallery did not practice, but he’s listed as questionable for this weekend.
- Obviously, Brown didn’t practice and he’s out.
- DE Greg Ellis got more rest for his ailing knee by not practicing. There are no indications that he won’t be ready for game day.
- RT Langston Walker was signed and FB Oren O’Neal was waived/injured. O’Neal will most likely end up on the Raiders’ injured reserve unless he’s claimed off of waivers. For more information on this transaction, you can find it by clicking here.
- It looks like Khalif Barnes will get some playing time in this week’s game. Cable wasn’t clear if he would play right or left tackle, but he did say, “We’ll certainly if we have to go into the game if we have to use both he and Erik or he, Erik and Mario, that’s not out of the question.“
- Without O’Neal and possibly Lawton, the Raiders won’t have an actual fullback playing fullback. Cable said that either rookie tight end Brandon Myers or third-string running back Gary Russell will see playing time there.
- Kirk Morrison practiced and the MRI on his knee was negative. He’ll be playing this weekend.
- Jon Alston will be starting in place of Ricky Brown at strong side linebacker.
- Cable denied that the Raiders even talked about signing Michael Vick when the opportunity arose during the offseason. He did say that he was a, “Wonderful guy,” and a good teammate. Maybe next year?
- Cable didn’t have much to say about Giants’ linebacker Antonio Pierce’s comments on Sirius Radio, who basically said that playing against the Raiders was like a team scrimmage. “Obviously, they got after us. So all we can do is change it. If we don’t like it, do something about it,” said the coach.