After each of the last two Raiders wins, Tom Cable has made a point to tell his team, and reporters, that there are plenty of things that still need to be fixed before he’s satisfied. With dominating wins by 30-plus points the last two weeks, it’s likely that the Raiders’ head coach will never quite be satisfied — unless he’s holding the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.
Darren McFadden still isn’t practicing and neither is Michael Bennett. That will leave a gaping hole for Michael Bush to reclaim the starting position, and for fellow backs Rock Cartwright and Marcel Reece to also step in for carries on Sunday.
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:
Erik Pears was back on the Raiders practice field, so even though the Raiders.com transactions page doesn’t show it, he’s be re-signed in place of Stevie Brown. Along with Pears, Walter McFadden (hamstring), Hiram Eugene (hamstring), Michael Bush (thumb) and Richard Seymour (hamstring) were all back and practicing.
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…
Hiram Eugene signed his restricted free agent tender which will bring him back to the team for the 2010 season. The Oakland Raiders posted it on their website today. The 29-year old Eugene will be entering his fifth season in the NFL — all with the Raiders. In his four seasons, he’s played in 46 games (starting in 19) and recorded 131 tackles with one interception. Eugene came to the…
The first two games, the Raiders were outscored 34-33, but they were able to pull out a win. Since that time, the Raiders have been outscored 96-16 in three straight losses.