The biggest worry for the Oakland Raiders (1-2) coming into their third-week game with the Arizona Cardinals (2-1) wasn’t their special teams. After losing to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, 24-23, by allowing an opening kickoff return touchdown and three missed field goals, it will be their biggest worry for the coming week. Sebastian Janikowski entered the game perfect from 30-39 yards since 2007, with 36 straight from inside 39 yards….
Tom Cable met with the media Thursday after practice. He talked about his new starting quarterback, his special teams, a new edition to the practice squad, and some of his next opponent this Sunday.
The following is the transcript of that press conference:
Tom Cable waited until the tenth game of the 2009 season to make a switch from his ineffective starting quarterback, JaMarcus Russell, to Bruce Gradkowski. In that first start f0r Gradkowski, he helped lead the Raiders to a stirring, 20-17 come from behind victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Marquis Cooper day.
Just one week ago it seemed foolish to expect Bruce Gradkowski to start a game at quarterback for the Raiders without an injury to Jason Campbell. Now, it seems foolish to expect that Gradkowksi will be riding the pine when the Raiders visit the Arizona Cardinals this weekend for their week three game.
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It took nearly an entire half of poor football before Raider Nation was ready for a change they could believe in. With less than 30 seconds left in the first half, the Raiders were reeling, down 7-3, and Jason Campbell (8-15, 87 yds, 1 int) had just thrown his first interception of the game. That’s when the stadium began to fill with what sounded like boo’s. Raider Nation wasn’t booing their team, they were instead calling for backup quarterback ‘Bruce’ Gradkowski.
If you watched the Raiders 38-13 loss against Tennessee on opening day, you know the play that brought you the most frustration with Raiders’ starting left tackle Mario Henderson. Most likely, it was the blind-side sack of Jason Campbell, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Tennessee, and nearly turned into a quick Titans touchdown. Had it not been for Titans safety Michael Griffin rolling into Henderson’s leg just after recovering the fumble, it would have been.
The one thing that Tom Cable has made loud and clear, since taking over the Raiders in 2008, is that he expects to win. Certainly he’s not unrealistic, knowing the old adage, “You can’t win them all,” but that doesn’t temper his expectations every day, every week, and certainly not for any game. Cable met with reporters today after the Raiders were finished with practice and he reiterated that same…
Tom Cable addressed the media Monday to discuss the Raiders 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in week one of the NFL season.
The following is a transcript of that press conference.
Tom Cable spoke with reporters today and reiterated what he’d said after Sunday’s game with the Titans: The team needed to relax more and go out and ‘cut it loose.’