Jan. 18, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO
RATTO: DAVIS BASHES CABLE
Al Davis spent much of his time at the podium Tuesday discussing the situation with ex-Raiders coach Tom Cable. Here is a selection of his comments:
"Tom (Cable) had been told earlier in his career that he could have been fired without pay for the wrath he brought on the Raider organization."
"I asked Tom Cable at least 3 or 4 different times, is there anything else that we have to deal with relative to the accusations made against you? I was never told about the three women."
"All of this stuff goes a long way against my wishes, against my way of living, against my life and against the Raider way, and I just wasn't going to take it anymore."----------------
"We had a spouse accuse the coach, the head coach, of personal public relations that were not good. And at that time there were a lot of people in the Bay Area who wanted me to take action, take action against the head coach because supposedly he admitted he slapped his wife and they wanted me to take action on the Randy Hanson matter."
"I just didnt think he could do it. Not when I saw the contrast with Hue Jackson. I want to make this point: As much as you think Tom was supported in the locker room, he was, to a point. He was with the people that he socialized with. But Hue Jackson will be supported in the locker room just as much as Tom Cable, if not more."
"He knew he was through. He also knew how to go in the locker room and get the support, which is good. I think its great for a coach to get support when youre leaving."
The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.
They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.
Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.
“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”
While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.
The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.
“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.
"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”