The Raiders lost today in what can only be called a must win game. They got off to a fast start, ran the ball better than they had in weeks, kept the game close through the 4th quarter, drove down to the red zone with seconds left and lost.
Raider Coach Tom Cable had to pull Jamarcus Russell in the third Quarter as he was mostly ineffective, giving Bruce Gradkowski the rock down by 6. Although an improvement over Russell, Bruce Gradkowski could not quite get the score as the ball went off the hands of Heyward Bey only to be intercepted by the Chiefs in the end zone to seal the Raiders fate.
At the post game press conference Coach Cable said he thought the team as a whole played better in all phases of the game except for the passing game. "We missed a lot of plays over the top when there were guys open and couldn't make the play and that was disappointing. Bruce came in and made some plays but we just couldn't get the job done." When asked about who will start at quarterback he said, "I'm looking for the guy that gives us the best chance to win and that's the same with every position." ....."We didn't throw accurately to guys who were open so that was disappointing."
Is The Phoenix Rising From The Ashes?
The Phoenix may be rising in the form of Cables statements. In every game statement so far he has come right out and said that Jamarcus is the Quarterback of the Raiders. Now he says he's going to put the guy out there that gives us the best chance of winning. A huge deal to all Raider players and fans alike. Now we have hope that he will finally break free from keeping bad players out on the field no matter what. It may be too late to turn this season into a winning one but maybe we have won our biggest victory of the year in a change of coaching philosophy. A new beginning that can carry us forward in spirit and progress that will set us up for a good draft and a much better year in 2010. Maybe Coach cable gave the Raider Nation an early Christmas present by letting us know that we will see our best players on the field and those who don't produce on the bench. Really, that's all we've been asking for all year isn't it?