Make Or Break Time For Tom Cable... And The Raiders!

jeff rhorerContributor INovember 1, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Thomas Howard #53 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders have a shot to avenge their opening night loss to the San Diego Chargers today, slim as it is. We all know how Jamarcus is struggling this year but I want to put the blame for this dismal season where it belongs, squarely on the shoulders of Tom Cable!

Tom Cable as Coach is supposed to know the strengths and weaknesses of his team. He should know who can do what and game plan to bring the Raiders strengths on the field and minimize our weaknesses. As for this I'd have to give him a D- grade.

The strength of the Raiders offense should be our running game, yet we only have 650 rushing yards for the whole team combined.

The weakness of our offense is our passing game with a struggling Quarterback and rookie wide receivers.

This is where Cable is to blame for our struggles. His offensive " scheme" shows that we have only run 180 times all year while we have passed 181 times. We should be playing to our strengths but Coach Cable is seemingly ignoring the facts. Take the burden off Jamarcus (something all good coaches do,) and start running the ball. We should easily be running the ball twice to every pass attempt.

Running the ball should be priority 1 and we have two very capable backs with Bush and Fargas tied for yards with 204 each. A pretty low number that would be a lot better with more attempts.

Passing the ball should be only when necessary and then for the first down not the long bomb. Ball control is the name of the game.

Here again I have to blame Cable. His call for deep passes down field just set us up for trouble, specifically when our backs are against the goal line. Zach Miller is our leading receiver with 23 receptions with a 16 yard average per catch, that's ball control! And I must bring up the point that who Cable is starting at wide receiver is also a mystery. Our leading receiver from last year Johnny Lee Higgins is virtually unused . He has 1 reception for 2 yards. This is a disgrace. He should be our number 2 receiver at least.

Now we have a big test today in San Diego and I know Raider Nation is holding it's collective breath to see if Jamarcus Russell is going to man up and be the Quarterback he should be. I'm waiting to see if Coach Cable is going to wake up and Coach the team to our strengths instead of our weaknesses. Its really on him to protect Russell and make a game plan that has the best chance to succeed.

Coach Cable....RUN THE BALL!