Tom Cable Says Let The Games Begin

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIMarch 23, 2010

DENVER - DECEMBER 20:  Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable celebrates a victory over the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 20-19.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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     We all know that Tom Cable declared an open competition for the quarterback at the scouting combine, the last time Cable spoke with reporters.  Cable returned to the stage at the annual owners meetings in Orlando to discuss his team.  Cable reaffirmed that the quarterback competition will be open between JaMarcus Russell, Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski.  That was not the only competition Cable said there would be this off-season.

     Cable said that with the release of Justin Fargas, Cable wants either Darren McFadden or Michael Bush to become "the #1 running back."  Cable said he didn't want another commitee like last year, he wants one of the two running backs to establish themselves as an every down runner.  Cable said that he knows McFadden has the ability to be that top running back, it's just a matter of injuries.  This is a hint that Cable may favor McFadden over Bush so Bush will have to prove himself noticably better than McFadden.

     Cable said another competition will be at right tackle.  According to Cable, Khalif Barnes was re-signed to be the starter at right tackle with Erik Pears as a close back up.  Both were signed last year as free agents and neither has shown much promise so it is possible that the Raiders will bring in more competition through the draft.  A prospect the Raiders are scouting is from Texas Christian, Nick Richmond who stands at 6'8"-322 lbs. 

     On the flip side, Cable said that Matt Shaugnessy is penciled in at right defensive end, replacing Greg Ellis.  Also penciled in the starting line up is Kamerion Wimbley at strong-side linebacker.  Wimbley was acquired in a trade with Cleveland with Oakland handing over a 3rd round pick they got from New England in the Derrick Burgess trade.  Trevor Scott will move back to defensive end and Thomas Howard leads the pack at weak-side linebacker. 

     OFF SUBJECT:  Cable said that former Raiders player Eddie Anderson has been watching JaMarcus Russell in Arizona during the off-season.  Cable would not adress Russell's weight, "Right now, all that matters is that Russell is with his teammates working out." 

     The Raiders re-signed DT William Joseph, again.  He has been on and off the team several times over the last season.  LB Ricky Brown signed his tender, so did FB Luke Lawton.