Spread Or Dead: "Basic" Cables Lame Offense Sabotages Russell

Keilyn EllisCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after losing to the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Just about all of the teams remaining in the playoffs run some sort of 4-5 receiver sets, while giving their so called "elite" QBs ages to pick and choose between a plethora of talented receivers. This is what they call the "spread" offense to all the mindless Raider fans who don't understand football strategy. It means that the QB gets options to choose from in the passing game. There are short (crossing) routes, intermediate slants and outs. Then there are the Al Davis coveted deep ball to the likes of Heyward Bey. This can be a most devastating offensive strategy if the QB is given the protection needed.


Tom Cable's brain would be in a bind at trying to read this article, assuming he can read. His basic offense consists of two rookie receiver sets while experienced players like Javon Walker, Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilenz(vagina contusion) sit the bench. He didn't figure out that McFadden can play receiver too until week fifteen! (Sorry JaMarcus)


When Bruce "Jesus" Gradkowski conveniently filled in for the hapless Russell upon the return of the Raiders best receiver in Schilenz, things changed. Suddenly JLH magically appears in the game again and the Raiders begin running 4 and five receiver sets, flanking McFadden to the outside to keep the defense off balance. Lo and behold it worked! and Gradkowski took full advantage of Russell's newly healthy weapons. He rose to the occasion throwing 5 yard bombs to mysteriously wide open receivers all day to beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh after an atrocious outing against Dallas.


The Raiders are on a roll until Gradkowski realizes that the Raiders O-line sucks and he should run for his life. But the dominutive Gradkowski proved to be far too fragile to play in this Mans game, breaking both of his knees after three average performances. Ouch! Frye got his chance at playing savior, but Cleveland proved they made the right decision by letting him go(To start for the Raiders)


Faced with the reality of two fragile, oft injured cast-off QBs failing in his highly predictable offense, Cable is forced to turn back to his exhausted scapegoat in JaMarcus Russell again after feeble Frye fails again. JaMarcus comes in the game, cold as ice, with no support and throws the game winning TD to his missing weapon who can actually catch. Still, no support from Raider Nation or his coach as the Clueless Frye gets the Nod for the finale.


Different game, same result. Frye was unable to finish the game and JaMarcus was asked to come into the game trailing, with no running game and an obvious passing situation. This game, JaMarcus was unable to save the day as Cable's gameplan was far too simple. The bottom line is Raider Nation, it doesn't matter who the QB is under Cable... even Jesus himself would have trouble scoring touchdowns in this highly predictable, simplistic Basic offense.