As Raider luck would have it, the Raiders are about to face the Kansas City Chiefs in not only the biggest game of this season, but the biggest game in nearly a decade — and there’s a good possibility that they’ll do it without their two best players of recent years.
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.
Just got back from watching the beginning of the Raiders practice. Here are a few observations:
The Raiders will need to figure out what it is that prevents them from being a winning organization this week. The rule for getting over wins and losses is 24 hours — but that is for the players. Raiders fans most likely will take the entire week for this one, and 49ers fans will be sure to extend that sorrow for as long as they can.
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.
The one thing to know about Stanford Routt is that he’s never afraid to answer questions of reporters — even when he’s not in the mood. Most players, when they see the contention of media enter the locker room, remember that they have things to attend to somewhere else and scatter faster than you can say, “Got a moment?”
Bruce Gradkowski spoke with the media today during the locker room session. Half the media peppered Gradkowski with questions out on the field while the other half went to the locker room for other players. There’s a limited amount of time that the Raiders allow for media access, so the small group was hopeful to maximize what little time there is.
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…
Just got back into the press room from talking to some of the players in the locker room.
The team is definitely not in mid-season form. I’m not talking about the way they played on Sunday, but the fact that most of the players were still in the locker room when the handful of reporters were allowed to enter their locker room this morning. Normally, when our time comes to enter, there might be about 15 players at their lockers — and nearly half of those guys quickly find something to do in another part of the building upon seeing us come through the door. Today, when we walked in, there may have been around 25 players taking a little down time before meetings began.