Tag:Tom Cable
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:29 am

Hot Routes 12.14.10 no snow problems here

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz

Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton certainly wasn’t great in the first start of his career Sunday, but he was good enough to earn another start from Ken Whisenhunt.

Colt McCoy is optimistic that his return from a high ankle sprain is near.

If the Vikings want to play next Monday’s game at the University of Minnesota, they need to let the school know by today. It’s because removing the snow from the field would take 5-6 days.

Buccaneers rookie DT Gerald McCoy tore his biceps muscle vs. the Redskins on Sunday. He’ll need surgery to repair the damage.

Redskins SS LaRon Landry, who actually had been having a pretty strong season, has been placed on the IR list.

Is it really that big a deal that Tashard Choice got Michael Vick’s autograph after the Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday?

They just won a Monday Night thriller on the road…now John Harbaugh wants his team to get a Monday Night game at home for a change.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer questions the constructiveness of Steve Smiths’ comment about Jimmy Clausen. (He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore.)

The Bengals placed underrated run-defending safety Chinedum Ndukwe on IR (knee).

If Flynn had gotten hurt last Sunday, the Packers would have turned to Jordy Nelson at quarterback.

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai has had a surprisingly good season. Now there’s pressure on the Fins to pay the man.

Tom Cable refutes the report that he and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson aren’t seeing eye to eye.

Mike Singletary intimated that Brian Westbrook’s time on the bench earlier this season was a blessing in disguise, as now the veteran RB is fresh. Westbrook doesn’t exactly agree with that, though he’s not raising a stink over it.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:05 pm

It's Jason Campbell's team now

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The soap opera that had been the week-to-week decision for who would take the Raiders QB spot (you know, if the Oakland locker room was one of those really crappy soap operas) has been cancelled. That’s because the Raiders placed Bruce Gradkowski on the IR list today with a separated shoulder, meaning that Jason Campbell won’t have to compete with anybody to start.

The team also signed J.T. O’Sullivan as the third QB, meaning Kyle Boller is now the backup.

This was a bit of a surprise, because as the Contra Costa Times points out, Gradkowski jogged through team drills Wednesday.

An interesting passage here:

You wonder if Gradkowski’s eagerness to return this season, laudable in a competitor, was something the Raiders simply didn’t want to deal with as the season was coming to a close.

Campbell was signed to an extension after being traded to the Raiders for $4.6 million next season, and it makes sense for the club to let him get those five games in, health permitting, or determine whether to go in a different direction.

“It would be a week a week or two weeks before he could even throw again or practice,’’ coach Tom Cable said. “You look at what’s left on our schedule. It’s just not enough time. I think it was a good decision made to move forward.”

So, for now, the job is for Jason Campbell. Unless Boller makes a play for the spot. Does anybody smell a soap opera reunion show?

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 3:47 pm

Gradkowski in for Campbell - again

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Once again, Raiders coach Tom Cable has replaced QB Jason Campbell with Bruce Gradkowski. Because we’ve seen this before, I’ll refer you to a story we wrote Sept. 19.

Today, Campbell – who was 7 of 19 for 70 yards and one interception before Cable made his move – was simply too slow against the Steelers front-seven.

This is Gradkowski’s first action since Oct. 10 when he injured his shoulder.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:06 pm

Jason Campbell still starting for Raiders

Posted by Will Brinson

Jason Campbell's got a Tom Cable vote of confidence (again) -- the Raiders coach announced Monday that Campbell would continue to start for Oakland following their return from their bye week.

This is logical, since, you know, the Raiders can't stop winning.

Bruce Gradkowski had originally been given the old "when he's healthy he'll start" order from Cable, but Campbell's been too good to bench.

Or at least, too not terrible during a stretch in which the Raiders climbed into first place in the AFC West -- no one ever expected Campbell to be Peyton Manning when he came to Oakland, but cutting down on mistakes and looking competent were supposedly part of the package.

Now that he's playing well, it would be utterly senseless to pull him from the starting lineup.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:18 am

Report: Al Davis pushing Cable to start Campbell

Posted by Will Brinson

Jason Campbell's run as Oakland's starting quarterback over the past three games has given everyone plenty of pause to think he might need to keep getting burn, even if Bruce Gradkowski is healthy.

Tom Cable initially said that Gradkowski, once he recovered, would start, but he's been flopping a bit about that recently and, according to Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune, Cable's getting pressure from Al Davis to keep starting Campbell.

"Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn't see the need to change when things are going well," Corkran's source told him. "He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders style of play."

So, breaking: Al Davis likes to meddle and really likes Jason Campbell!

Neither of those is actually news, however it's kind of sad/scary/standard to see Davis sticking his nose in personnel business just as the Raiders start to get hot and look like a contender beyond August.

That's not to say he doesn't have the right to do it; he does own the team and he did bring Campbell in, after all. But Cable's shown a knack for at least figuring out how to motivate the former first-rounder (bench him!), and actions that take away from the coach's authority in the middle of the season can't be considered beneficial to the team as a whole.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:53 am

Hot Routes 11.10.10: Where Rivers rates all-time

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Speaking of Brady, all the chatter about the Patriots without Randy Moss has revolved around how much better they are (even the loss to the Browns was a "trap game"). But what if Tom Brady isn't as dangerous without Moss? Because the stats show he hasn't been as effective since his deep threat left.
  • The message that Tom Cable is preaching to the Raiders in order to inspire success? "Cut it loose." Am I the only one who pictures him doing the Uncle Joey "Cut-it-out!" move while saying this? Because it's like way more enjoyable to think about.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:02 pm

Campbell will start at QB for Raiders

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The suspense is over. Raiders coach Tom Cable announced today that Jason Campbell will start for Oakland when it plays host to Kansas City on Sunday.

As Brian McIntyre points out, Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski – who’s been out with a shoulder injury – split the first-team snaps at Wednesday’s practice. But Campbell took over all the snaps Thursday, as Gradkowski continues to recover.

Plus, would it be smart to send Campbell to the bench anyway? After all, he’s helped direct Oakland to back-to-back 500-yard games in two huge wins. Yet, Cable still contends that when Gradkowski is healthy enough to play, he and not Campbell will be the starter.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:54 am

Wade Phillips hasn't been fired yet

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of different stories in today’s Dallas Morning News deal with Cowboys coach Wade Phillips and what will/could happen to his job.

In the first article, David Moore talked to some of the players who would be affected if Dallas owner Jerry Jones fires Phillips in the middle of this season (it seems like it could happen any day now, doesn't it?).

"It wouldn't do us good at all, not even a little bit," cornerback Terence Newman said. "I think everybody definitely respects Wade. He gets his point across. I don't think trying to change coaches will do us any good, especially when he's not out on the field. We are. We're just not getting it done. I can't put that on him. I put that on us."

Some of what Newman said is a little surprising if it’s true. Phillips doesn’t come off as a coach that’s universally respected in the locker room, though Newman said he does get that respect. He also doesn’t come off as garnering much respect by the front office. But he seems likeable, so he’s got that going for him.

"I just hate it for Wade because his job is so hard now," linebacker Bradie James said. "One thing I can truly say is he's been positive and consistent as far as how he approaches the team meetings with us all together.”

In the second story, Todd Archer explains that making somebody the interim head coach doesn’t always solve a team’s problem. Don Coryell in San Diego in 1978 made it work. So did Bruce Coslet temporarily in Cincinnati in 1986.

But in the past two years, four interim coaches have been hired. Only two, Oakland’s Tom Cable and San Francisco’s Mike Singletary remain with the team that made him an interim, and this very well could be the final season for Singletary.

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