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.
Prior to practice today, the Raiders gave access to both their offensive (Hue Jackson) and defensive (John Marshall) coordinators. Both were upbeat and at the very least seemed happy to speak with the media this morning. We’ll break it up with excerpts from Marshall, Jackson, Tom Cable’s daily, some practice details, and a quote from the ever-ready Tommy Kelly.
After playing in only six games in 2009, and getting injured just before finishing three quarters of play in game one, Robert Gallery may finally be healthy enough to get back on the field — he hopes for the rest of the season. It would probably help if the Raiders don’t turn the ball over too often.
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 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.
I’ll have more on this a little later, but Tom Cable officially announced that Bruce Gradkowski would be his starting quarterback going forward. Cable mentioned that the reasons were “pretty simple.”
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.
Hugh Jackson finally gave the media what they had been clamoring for since training camp started — a press conference. Here’s the transcript:
It was a short up-tempo practice in which the offense and defense went against each other for most of the session in the red zone. There was no clear winner, but again DHB was making all the plays that came his way. DHB also made the play of the day by making an over the shoulder touchdown grab on a post route, then later on caught one in the middle of the end zone after beating Chris Johnson.