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Oakland Raiders, WTF?!

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  1. #1
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    Oakland Raiders, WTF?!

    As if it couldn't get any worse for my beloved club...

    First we had the ridiculous incident where Cable punched his Assistant Offensive co-ordinator in training camp, sparking a mass ruck in a show of 'togetherness'. When the bodies of coaches were peeled off each other, guess who was at the bottom of the pile?

    And now this:

    From The San Mercury News

    Raiders loss leaves Cable 'embarrassed'

    The third exhibition game is the one in which coaches put the most stock in, because it's when the starters make more than cameo appearances.
    That's why Raiders coach Tom Cable and his staff have to be alarmed by what they witnessed Saturday against the New Orleans Saints in front of a sparse crowd at the Oakland Coliseum.

    The Saints marched up and down the field with impunity, netting positive yardage at every turn and catching the Raiders defense flat-footed in a 45-7 thrashing.

    "Obviously, I'm embarrassed by that effort," Cable said. "It was not very good in terms of the third preseason game. It just seemed like early in the game we could not make a play on either side of the ball."

    If Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke a sweat, he owed it more to the nearly 100-degree temperature than any heat applied by the Raiders.

    Brees completed his first eight passes and 14 of 17 overall, departing only after he directed three drives that resulted in touchdowns. The Saints rushed for 232 yards without their top two running backs playing.

    "You always got to take each game as a game you got to win," Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson said. "I don't think any guy in here wanted to get embarrassed like that in front of the home crowd."

    The Raiders also failed to make much noise offensively. Most of their 289 offensive yards came after the outcome was decided.

    Oakland's only promising drive with JaMarcus Russell at quarterback
    started with back-to-back completions and ended with Russell holding onto the ball too long before being sacked and separated from the ball.

    Russell was sacked three times, almost intercepted twice and victimized by two dropped passes by rookie wide receiver Louis Murphy and one by receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins.

    There are two mandatory roster cutdowns this week — on Tuesday when teams must go from 80 to 75 players, and on Saturday when they have to trim to 53. It's safe to say that Cable is looking forward to sifting through the 837 players released by the league's other 31 teams to see if he can find players capable of making more of a difference than those already under contract.

    "We've got guys there who can make plays that don't make them," Cable said. "We've got guys who can wrap up but don't. We see a safety blitz off the edge; we picked it up a thousand times and we see it too late. Just things like that. We're not very sharp. Not very detailed."
    Mind you, this whipping came against a Saints team that finished 8-8 last season.

    Yet, the Saints looked like defending Super Bowl champs against a Raiders team searching for a reason to believe this season will be different than any of the past six. The Raiders haven't won more than five games in any of them, and they aren't in a desirable position only 15 days before the regular-season opener against the San Diego Chargers.

    "I've never felt so lousy after a game, period," tight end Zach Miller said. "The way our offense played was embarrassing, so we're going to fix it."
    Those in attendance Saturday wasted little time letting Cable and the players know they weren't satisfied with the work in progress. The fans booed from the first quarter on.

    Saints coach Sean Payton removed Brees three plays into the second quarter. Cable felt compelled to leave in Russell and other starters well into the third quarter.

    Still, the Raiders couldn't get out of neutral. That rendered almost meaningless the feel-good talk about the Raiders offense rounding into shape toward the end of training camp in Napa.

    There was no pretty way to spin this one. It started ugly, got uglier as the game progressed and finished none too soon for the Raiders.
    It marked the final extensive look in a game setting for Cable before he decides which 53 players to take into the regular season. On Saturday, the results indicated a radical makeover is needed.

    "We'll stay the course," Cable said. "This is disappointing and embarrassing to me. I see where we're headed and I see where we're going to be. I'm not going to let this be a setback. "... I see what we're capable of doing and I'm not going to give in on it."

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2002
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    Re: Oakland Raiders, WTF?!

    It's pre-season don't sweat it. Detroit won all it's pre-season games last year. What did that get em? A spot in the record books!
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