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.
A day after the Raiders made history for the second week in a row, Tom Cable took to the podium to discuss the state of the Raiders. The biggest question coming from yesterday’s beat down of the Seattle Seahawks was the health of star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
“I think a lot of it has to do with just the mentality of how we’re playing our coverage,” said Raiders’ head coach Tom Cable when discussing why the Raiders’ secondary had only two interceptions after playing in six games. On the first play from scrimmage for the Denver Broncos, Raiders corner Chris Johnson jumped a route and intercepted a Kyle Orton pass intended for Jabar Gaffney, then took it 30 yards the other way to put the Raiders on top 14-0 just after 4:24 of play.
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:
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.
When the week began, reporters questioned Tom Cable about any possible changes to the offensive line. Very few, if any, considered that Jared Veldheer was part of that loaded question. Normally when questioning someone, you have two or three parts to the question as long as the answer leads in the right direction.
Tom Cable and his Oakland Raiders braved the 103-degree heat on Tuesday in their preparation for the 2010 NFL season. According to weather.com, that temperature would match the 79-year old record for the day, set in 1931.
The Raiders practiced in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees today in front of members of the Raider Nation. The fans filled the sidelines to watch the team go through a pretty standard workout in shorts and without pads. Other than the intense heat on the field, there wasn’t anything too unusual about the day’s events.
Thursdays are the days that the Raiders have JaMarcus Russell talk with the press. Besides Mondays, it’s probably the most packed day of the week. Russell fielded questions after the quick walk-through prior to Thursday’s practice, and he was more accountable for his play this season.
One of the biggest issues going forward for the Oakland Raiders is the murderer’s row of teams they’ll face in the second quarter of the season.