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Cable suggests JaMarcus sunk the season

It’s usually unfair to scapegoat one person for an entire season gone wrong, but Jamarcus Russell reached a unique level of disaster in 2009. Even Raiders coach Tom Cable is piling on.

Cable was asked Monday by Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News if the Raiders would be in playoff competition if they received average or better than average quarterback play.

“Without even asking that question,” Cable reportedly said with a grin, “you know we would have.”

Cable has clearly had enough with Russell.  He’s starting Charlie Frye Sunday for the season finale.  The Raiders are 3-3 in games not started by Russell; 2-7 otherwise.

“It’s a quarterback-driven league,” Cable said. “That’s the bottom
line. When you sit back and talk about what could’ve and should’ve . .
. and all that kind of thing, you drive yourself crazy.”

What Cable says is true, but he works for a Al Davis-driven team.  And we suspect Davis still has hope of salvaging Russell is the future.  Cable may not return next year, but his confidence remains intact.

Cable says he’s done “at times an exceptional job and at times an average job” coaching quarterbacks.

We’ll see in January if Davis agrees.

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  1. pt8106 says: Dec 29, 2009 1:32 PM

    Cable must have some rose-colored glasses if he thinks the Raiders would have made the playoffs no matter which quarterback they used. Besides, he’s the coach, if he felt that Russell was costing them the season he should have benched him earlier.

  2. daffy87 says: Dec 29, 2009 1:32 PM

    I hear Derek Anderson will be free for the 2010 season.

  3. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Dec 29, 2009 1:33 PM

    They picked this turd? He looks like Bubba from Forest Gump.

  4. Jose Reyes says: Dec 29, 2009 1:33 PM

    Wonder how many coaches Davis will go through before he realizes JaMarcus Russell is his biggest problem. Don’t care though, my team has his first round pick next year :-)

  5. extreme469 says: Dec 29, 2009 1:36 PM

    Russell doesn’t care…he has his money. There are many bad qb’s in the league. Seems like there is more bad than good.

  6. mooremi9 says: Dec 29, 2009 1:41 PM

    So did Al Davis make Cable keep Jamarcus in or was it Cables decision to keep him in for the 9 games?
    If it was cable than its his fault not Jamarcus’s fault.
    If it was Al then I can see where his comments make sense……………why am i even writing this? It’s the Poo Poo Radiers

  7. NinerNation says: Dec 29, 2009 1:45 PM

    pt8106 — He’s the coach and Cable should have benched him? Sounds like you don’t know too much about the Raiders.
    If Cable had benched Russell before Davis let him, he’d have been fired just like Lane Kiffin. Davis is destroying the Raiders, and you cannot expect any competent decisions to be made on the Raider’s behalf until he’s gone.

  8. topcide says: Dec 29, 2009 1:45 PM

    Jamarcus is the ultimate case for the rookie pay scale.

  9. Bordner says: Dec 29, 2009 1:46 PM

    Jose Reyes says:
    December 29, 2009 1:33 PM
    Wonder how many coaches Davis will go through before he realizes JaMarcus Russell is his biggest problem. Don’t care though, my team has his first round pick next year :-)
    ————————————————
    Al Davis is Al Davis’s biggest problem.
    They were saying out here earlier in the year that the Raiders were just one injury away from the playoffs – Al Davis falling down the stairs.

  10. BleedGreen says: Dec 29, 2009 1:50 PM

    pt8106 says:
    December 29, 2009 1:32 PM
    Cable must have some rose-colored glasses if he thinks the Raiders would have made the playoffs no matter which quarterback they used. Besides, he’s the coach, if he felt that Russell was costing them the season he should have benched him earlier.
    ————————————–
    Well its all woulda coulda shoulda conjecture at this point, but they beat the Steelers, the Eagles, the Broncos, and had a chance to beat the Chargers in week 1 (I think it was?). 9 wins gets you into the post-season in the AFC, and if you could manage to beat the Chargers in the first game and win 3 other games that Jamarcus sank, you’re right there.

  11. RaiderRich says: Dec 29, 2009 1:51 PM

    If Jeff Garcia was the starter, we’d be a playoff team in the AFC.

  12. Mike Z says: Dec 29, 2009 1:51 PM

    Russell’s legacy will be that he is the Worst #1 Draft pick of all time. I would of said Biggest Bust but that goes without saying.

  13. blacktoothgrin says: Dec 29, 2009 1:53 PM

    pt8106 you aren’t a Raiders fan, are you? If you were, you would know that Al Davis has the final say, not Cable. Cable wanted to pull Russell before, but Davis wanted him to play. Remember what he told Kiffin at the press conference “Russell is a good player, get over it.” You can totally see a difference when Gradkowski or Frye play. If Garcia hadn’t left or Gradkowski had started sooner, they would have won more games.

  14. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Dec 29, 2009 1:56 PM

    There were many things the sunk the season for us. JaMonkey sure did not help it. He certainly was the one player that sunk it though. We really need to pick up some proven free agents and stop caring about the draft pick.

  15. Ray Guy says: Dec 29, 2009 1:57 PM

    Gee whiz. Like this is hard to figure out? Ja us would spot the other team 14 points by just taking the field. He would also insure that the “D” would be on the field for 45 minutes each game due to his turnovers.
    When will Al quit and take his stupid decisions with him? (see: Ja us, Decoy Heyward Bey, Javon “Rainman” Walker, Meangelo Hall, Stanford Routt, and the rest of his track team)
    Sigh

  16. Nobe says: Dec 29, 2009 2:00 PM

    Jeff Garcia

  17. bofarr says: Dec 29, 2009 2:01 PM

    The Cable Guy is just as responsible for the mess that the Raiduhs are this year as Off-Markus Russell was. For him to throw the QB under the bus is pure spin and a desperate ploy to save his first and last NFL head coaching job.

  18. footballfan says: Dec 29, 2009 2:02 PM

    I find it hard to feel bad for the Raiders. As long as Big Al is running the show they are going to keep having bad seasons.

  19. MV says: Dec 29, 2009 2:05 PM

    I think Cable made the decision to not give the ball at all to Michael Bush in the second half against Cleveland. How does he justify that? The week before he runs wild, and then against a Cleveland Defense who is terrible against the run, he decides to only give him 10 carries, all in the first half. Awful coaching!

  20. ParkerFly says: Dec 29, 2009 2:07 PM

    The problem is that even when the Raiders got decent quarterback play, one week they looked like a playoff team and the next they didn’t. QB is the biggest problem though. Russell was so bad they couldn’t tell what they had at the other positions. Defenses loaded the box up to stop the run b/c the pass wasn’t a threat. Now we get to finally see a glimpse of what the running and passing game can do.

  21. Rick says: Dec 29, 2009 2:10 PM

    Hey Al remember when you got after Kiffin because he said Russell sucks? Are you still going to defend Russell? Is Cable going to get fired for criticizing Russell?

  22. pt8106 says: Dec 29, 2009 2:13 PM

    Ninernation and blacktoothgrin, I know enough to know that the Raiders are one of the biggest jokes in the league and yes I do realize that Davis wanted Russell in there, but I guess that just shows how much backbone Cable has since he couldn’t stand up to him. Davis firing Kiffin was probably the best thing that could have happened for Kiffin. Maybe, Cable ought to take note of that.

  23. GovtMinion says: Dec 29, 2009 2:15 PM

    Jeff Garcia? Hell, Jeff George might have been an improvement over JaMongo.

  24. RaiderMight says: Dec 29, 2009 2:16 PM

    Regardless of who made the decision, Jamarcus alone is not to blame for the bad season.
    First, they decided to let JaMarcus start over Jeff Garcia, even though there were reports that Garcia was the better QB. They let Garcia go. They let JaMarcus play for that long, when Gradkowski could have given them a better chance.
    I blame JaMarcus for being so horrible on and off the field, but he doesn’t make the decision on who plays.
    It all falls on Davis and Cable here. JaMarcus should never wear silver and black, but unless Cable goes back to the line, neither should he. And like I said last year, “Please retire Al!”
    ————
    mooremi9 says:
    December 29, 2009 1:41 PM
    So did Al Davis make Cable keep Jamarcus in or was it Cables decision to keep him in for the 9 games?

  25. Brewster says: Dec 29, 2009 2:17 PM

    Bordner, very funny line about the Raiders being one injury away from the playoffs.

  26. Howie Handles says: Dec 29, 2009 2:20 PM

    Not a huge fan of Jeff Garcia, but they had the opportunity to sign him a long time ago. You only have yourself to blame for that mess Cable.

  27. dcfan-1212450 says: Dec 29, 2009 2:21 PM

    I think Tom Cable risked his job benching Jemarcus Russell. How can you guys not remember Al Davis’s speach attacking Lane Kiffin on how great Russell was and how wrong Lane was to try and bench him. If the Raiders are smart, and their not, they keep Cable, draft a QB and could contend next year. The beat some good teams this year, but they also didn’t show up some weeks as a team. Getting wooped by the Giants, the Redskins, and the Chargers the second time. They barely took the field those games, and you can not say it was all Russell…

  28. Harm City Homer says: Dec 29, 2009 2:26 PM

    If Russel was as good as Eli Manning or Rivers, maybe even Cutler they would have most likley been in the mix of 8-7 or 7-8 teams. Russel was not even average or bad. The numbers are ugly and Gradkowski and Fry made him look that much worse by playing well and winning witht he same team.
    He is not the worst QB I have ever seen, and I would not write him off as can neve play, but it was pretty obvious in week 1 he was not nearly ready to start yet. Keeping him out there as long as they did was a coaching mistake and so is blaming him now. just lose one more game for me and then I will root for the raiders to return to glory.

  29. eeerockski says: Dec 29, 2009 2:31 PM

    Somewhere out there, Jeff Garcia is smiling. And somewhere else out there, Al Davis is being spoon fed his alphabet soup with a bib on.

  30. TigerS Boy ToY says: Dec 29, 2009 2:45 PM

    What JaMarcus Russell could use is a
    Quarter Back Coach, what is Ryan Leaf
    doing ??
    Dude got 25-30 million before he even
    played a snap, why should he care about
    getting better or getting fat, that is the problem.

  31. cbrianwatkins says: Dec 29, 2009 2:49 PM

    Anyone blaming Cable for this is a moron
    Cable has ABSOLUTELY no say what so ever on and decisions for the Raiders, whether its someone starting, or signing them or cutting them
    Everything comes from Davis

  32. ericb500 says: Dec 29, 2009 2:55 PM

    Cable seems like a real a-hole – all the allegations of beating women, and punching his assistant in the face – but the fact is, he does seem to motivate what is essentially a talentless team (except for Asomugha, maybe R. Seymour has a little left, Gallery, but he’s been hurt, and TE Z. Miller)….. It is shocking that they won 5 games with or without Russell (better than several teams). Clearly Cable is getting something done and Al-D needs to reconatize….

  33. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Dec 29, 2009 2:55 PM

    Jeezus, even Ryan Leaf at least started his first year out of school.
    This slug couldn’t even manage that.

  34. HarrisonHits says: Dec 29, 2009 3:05 PM

    They might as well keep Cable because nobody worth a sh*t will take the Raiders job.
    And if he didn’t fired for breaking another staff members’ jaw, what does losing a few games matter ?

  35. rh44 says: Dec 29, 2009 3:15 PM

    “He is not the worst QB I have ever seen, and I would not write him off as can neve play, but it was pretty obvious in week 1 he was not nearly ready to start yet. Keeping him out there as long as they did was a coaching mistake and so is blaming him now. just lose one more game for me and then I will root for the raiders to return to glory.”
    ———————————————-
    How can a guy be in the league for 2 years and still be unprepared to start? It’s either his fault or everyone else’s fault.

  36. nasheagles says: Dec 29, 2009 3:16 PM

    Russell has had no one to mentor him…bush should have been the starting RB.. problem is AL is Al.. Every other First Rd WR has helped their team but Bey.. Crabtree, Maclin, Britt, Nicks… all are Stars in the making… maybe a line and a QB can get DHB in the mix… Cable is still a clueless Goon

  37. TheSpaz says: Dec 29, 2009 3:17 PM

    Maybe if Cable and JaMarcus BOTH stayed away from the buffet table long enough to take the season seriously, things may have been different.
    Hope Cable takes a swing at JaMarcus and gets his fat, slobby ass kicked.

  38. scomibord says: Dec 29, 2009 3:19 PM

    Tiger’s Boy Toy
    Ryan Leaf is in jail for stealing Oxycontin from one of the college players he coached. Maybe he can coach JaFatAss “Via Satellite” from prison.
    I love the one injury from the playoffs comment.
    Maybe whoever is spoon feeding Crazy Al, can spike his spaghetti-o’s.
    Talk about Dysfunction.

  39. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 29, 2009 3:20 PM

    Cable is not the problem in Oakland. Giving money to Deangelo Hall, Tommie Kelly, Javon Walker, Jamarcus Russel is just outrageous. Once the uncapped year happens next year they will be able to dump all these salaries without consequence, its like Christmas for Oakland. They need to draft a QB or trade for a big time one. Maybe sign Mike Vick.

  40. Big Tex says: Dec 29, 2009 3:26 PM

    To the Raider fans out there believing this stuff from Cable: Pick a playoff team, any playoff team. Now grab that team’s starting lineup. Now tell me how many Raiders could start for that team. The sad reality is not very f…ing many. Yes, the Raiders have a QB problem. They also have a OL problem. They have a run defense problem. Their LB corps doesn’t make plays. They can’t run or pass the ball effectively. Their #1 pick in the draft this year (#7 overall) has been a huge bust. Their #2 pick in the draft this year is not in the top 60 for tackles by a rookie. Bad teams picking at the top of the draft don’t make the playoffs by missing on picks. The Raiders’ FA signings have been equally incompetant. Don’t expect it to get better anytime soon.

  41. darth_vincent says: Dec 29, 2009 3:28 PM

    jeff garcia? JEFF GARCIA??? …and please remind me what team he went to after he quite the Raiders this year and lit it up… yeah, 3 plays with the Eagles and 1 lost fumble…
    JaMarcus, inept as he still can be, is a better QB than Garcia.

  42. Raiders4Life24 says: Dec 29, 2009 3:30 PM

    I have watched every Raider game this year,and ill tell you what , the Raiders play better when J-Bustell isnt in the game. Just look at the stats! It doesnt matter if it is Fry, Gradkowski, or Gracia, the Raiders are a better team WITHOUT J-Bust. And for Coach Cable, i say give him another year, the players need and deserve that. Mr. Davis should just cut Russel, and build around the young Qbs that help the team win! Sign Seymor, and use the draft pick on a run stopping D-tackle. Next year, we should make the playoffs.

  43. the big bronco says: Dec 29, 2009 4:01 PM

    We here in Denver love Ja Marcus Russell.. We also have great respect for Al Davis drafting prowess.. We think that Russell was a really good pic.. Probably the best qb in the league.. Al for sure needs to give Mr. Russell another 6 or 7 years to develoup..
    Long live Al Davis and his drafting..
    Long live Ja Marcus Russell at qb for the Raiders..
    The Big Bronco

  44. RaiderRedleg says: Dec 29, 2009 4:12 PM

    Big Bronco:
    Why even post that crap?
    Seriously JR was good enough to beat your team not too long ago.
    I would be A LOT more worried about your team starting off like a playoff contender and then falling apart…Besides if Kyle Orton wasn’t the answer in Chicago, how much longer can Bronco’s expect him to carry YOUR team?

  45. Raiders4Life24 says: Dec 29, 2009 4:25 PM

    You might love Mr Davis ,and the Bust. But the funny thing is you are going to be the same place as we are for the playoffs. On the couch!!!!!! So Have Fun!!!!!

  46. Chicagojeff says: Dec 29, 2009 4:40 PM

    Hey Tom is a grown ass man.. if he assumes the title of head coach then he needs to man up and accept the record and the season for what and who it represents. Sure the raiders situation would improve when the old man dies or is legally ruled incompetent by a judge.. but don’t excuse Cable.. i remember the giants game. J Russell had two series of three and out and third time he got the ball they were down 14-0… This organization itself needs an enema..

  47. encinitasraider says: Dec 29, 2009 4:54 PM

    i can count 3 games that Cable cost us the game. Just look at the latest of his great game planning and adjusment. How do you not run Bush in the second half when he is averaging 4.7 yards a carry? How do you know call a running play on the 2yard line? Passing 46 times against the worse run defense in the NFL is just bad…

  48. Gelardia says: Dec 29, 2009 4:55 PM

    The fact that Cable has 5 wins (9 career total) with this circus of a team makes him a Coach of the Year candidate for me.

  49. JakeDSnake says: Dec 29, 2009 4:58 PM

    I heard JaMarcus can throw Al Davis’ corpse 60 yards – FROM HIS KNEES! Now that’s talent. And Cable is wasting that talent.

  50. rjgreen3 says: Dec 29, 2009 5:02 PM

    JR isn’t a good qb; but Cable is a worse coach and person. Man up and don’t put this sorry ass season on just one person!

  51. VonClausewitz says: Dec 29, 2009 5:17 PM

    You know blaming Russell for the season is like blaming gravity for your broken leg when you jumped off the roof. Next time just don’t jump off any roofs. (Yes you can call me analogy man). He’s not that good of a player. They know what they have in him, it’s time to avoid making excuses.

  52. azure says: Dec 29, 2009 5:25 PM

    They might as well keep Cable because nobody worth a sht will take the Raiders job.
    And if he didn’t fired for breaking another staff members’ jaw, what does losing a few games matter ?
    ————————————————
    You’re absolutely right. No coach with any skill or integrity would dare work for Al Davis. You know, I don’t wish bad things upon anyone because it isn’t right. However, until the day Al Davis dies, that team will be in constant turmoil and ruin. Again, I don’t like to say such things, but it’s the truth. Al Davis makes all draft picks and 95% of the coaching decisions. Do you honestly think after watching OffTheMarcus play worse than my 6 year-old-cousin learning the game that actually WANTED to keep him the starter? Seriously…all remarks aside….any person let alone coach could see what a joke of not only a qb, but a joke of a football player he is. A QB has to be intelligent. Just listen to OffTheMarcus speak…he couldn’t pass a high school equivalency exam….it’s no wonder he can’t make intelligent decisions on the field….all kidding aside, he’s flat out dumb…but cunning enough to know he could play as awful as he did, then sit back and rack in the millions while we talk trash. This is a prime example of a rookie cap and pay scale.

  53. patsSB44champs says: Dec 29, 2009 5:38 PM

    As bad as JaMarcus Russell is, blaming him alone for the sad state of the Raiders is like blaming one person for our bad economy.
    This fool (Cable) blames Russell for the Raiders’ season to say nothing of the fact that it was he who was the subject of an assault investigation from a member of his own staff as well as allegations that he is a woman-beater. My point is that these were distractions.
    This is why until Senile Al either dies or inexplicably decides to sell his team (probably the former), the Raiders will remain in the abyss, with no hope of revival.
    Oh by the way, thanks for your 2011 first rounder. We owe you one.

  54. patsSB44champs says: Dec 29, 2009 5:40 PM

    Jose Reyes says:
    December 29, 2009 1:33 PM
    Wonder how many coaches Davis will go through before he realizes JaMarcus Russell is his biggest problem. Don’t care though, my team has his first round pick next year :-)
    _______________________
    But here’s the thing, Jose: If Cable is blaming Russell for Oakland’s miserable season, then Russell, as bad as he is, is NOT their biggest problem. Accountability is. Any decent GM/owner who had a shred of self-respect would fire Cable’s ass immediately.
    And then get rid of Russell.

  55. cedric12 says: Dec 29, 2009 5:41 PM

    The issue here is about money, the NFL gives these large contracts to unproven talent based on were the talent is drafted. To get your money back you have to play the talent if they are ready are not. That is called return on investment(ROI). Until the NFL has a rookie salary structure in place this will continue to be a problem. The other issue here is expectation, we have expectation on these high draft choices to perform at a hight level and when they don’t they are called a bust. Bye the way, the Raiders has multiple problems that go beyond the qb issue to get into the playoffs.

  56. patsSB44champs says: Dec 29, 2009 5:42 PM

    RaiderRich says:
    December 29, 2009 1:51 PM
    If Jeff Garcia was the starter, we’d be a playoff team in the AFC.
    _________________
    Jeff Garcia is better than the Three Stooges you guys have at the QB position combined. Maybe not quite a playoff team, but I don’t think 8-8 would have been out of the question.

  57. JoeInKalispell says: Dec 29, 2009 6:31 PM

    Seriously, what do you expect with a player for college football (The Developmental League)? Being hot against college opponents who have 1 to no players with NFL prospects is a lot different than an NFL team where the worse player is better than anyone you played against in college.
    These are the breaks sometime, your think you pick well and it is a dud. The sorry part of this is the mounds of cash you payout for a player with no guarantee of performance. JaMarcus is one of the high paid duds.

  58. jolg25 says: Dec 29, 2009 6:43 PM

    I know this is old news but the best thing that ever happened to the Raiders in recent years was the hiring of Jon Gruden. The wosrt thing that happened to them was when he left…..

  59. FireJerryJones says: Dec 29, 2009 7:54 PM

    Good thing for the Cable guy that Al Davis deosn’t read PFT.
    Derek Anderson might look good in silver and black. He throws a decent deep ball…. which Al loves.

  60. Route36West says: Dec 29, 2009 8:09 PM

    Cable most think people are stupid. Acting like its not his fault that the team played so bad that its the qb he has been dealt.
    Um Cable weren’t you a member of the team that drafted Russell? I’m sure you had a say in who got drafted. Maybe not the final say but you had a voice and I will bet you were all for drafting Russell. So didn’t act like all poor me I got stuck with this qb.
    He doesn’t get the same benefit of a doubt as other head coaches get. Usually a head coach comes to a new team who already had a qb that they had nothing to do with acquiring. That is not the case with Cable. You are just as much as responsible for his play as anyone else. You knew who Russell was before you decided to take the head coaching job. Now live with it.

  61. SuzyKolberIsAwesome says: Dec 29, 2009 9:50 PM

    how bad did it have to be in Oakland, for Jeff Garcia to ask for his release?

  62. raideralex99 says: Dec 29, 2009 11:49 PM

    Before the pre-season even started … Cable was calling out JaMarcus. Everyone on the team knew JaMarcus WAS NOT a starting QB BUT Al Davis runs the team and makes the decisions.
    So you morons calling down Cable for playing JaMarcus for 9 games … it WAS NOT his call.
    Two things you should never do in a draft ….
    draft a white RB in the first round … draft a black QB in the first round … coach killers.
    Actually there’s 3 things … never let Al pick in the first round or any rounds.

  63. Big Tex says: Dec 30, 2009 9:14 AM

    Let’s see, Tom Cable is the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders because (and ONLY because) Al Davis and Lane Kiffin butted heads over JaMarcus Russell and his playing time. Now we get Coach Cable basically saying “You know Al was wrong about Russell because I can’t coach that fat tub of guts either.”

  64. Beeray13 says: Dec 30, 2009 10:09 AM

    Cable is actually a decent coach. Jamrock Russell is a scrub, he and Heyward-Bey should both be cut. They were both overated coming into the draft and were only first round picks based on their potential. What a player is capable of doesn’t mean anything if they can’t be developed or in Russell’s case don’t want to be developed. Russell is the laziest player to ever play in the NFL and he has no desire to improve. They need to cut him and draft a player that produced in college. Colt McCoy or Jimmy Clausen would be nice.

  65. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Dec 30, 2009 10:27 AM

    So many comments but so little truth.
    Route36West: You take the cake. You couldn’t be more wrong if you tried.
    Just the facts…
    The Oakland Raiders named Tom Cable head coach on February 3, 2009. The Raiders named Cable interim head coach on September 30, 2008. Cable joined the team as the Raiders offensive line coach in 2007.
    Russell was drafted in 07′.
    lol, wow.

  66. br says: Jan 7, 2010 2:06 AM

    The fact that so many people are bothering to talk about this shows that there is something wrong with Russell. We would not be having this discussion over peyton manning or tom brady. Russell was drafted by Al Davis and this was not something that Lane Kiffin wanted to do. This was the single reason he was fired. Al Davis wanted to prove him wrong by doing whatever it takes to turn him into a great Qb and prove everyone wrong. The only thing that is going to be proved is that J Russ is one of the worst Qbs of all time and that Al Davis has no idea what he is doing anymore. Raider fans should boycot any games until Jamarcus Russell is fired!!!

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