Nnamdi Asomugha and other team captains want Tom Cable to stay. Russell says he should too. If Davis makes a move, though, he can expect to hear a protest from plenty of players. Put Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at the front of that line:
"My two cents is definitely that continuity is big," said Asomugha, a seventh-year player who hasn't had the same coach for more than two years. "If it turns out it is something that we're talking about, I'm sure that myself and other captains on the team will speak up on Tom's behalf."
While I'm sure that makes Cable feel all warm and fuzzy, it's simply not enough. I supported him and wanted to give the man a chance, but after the Cleveland game, I just can't. The inconsistent play calling, the under utilization of Michael Bush, the incorrect utilization of McFadden, the whole Russell debacle and benching him so late in the season. It's just too much to forgive. If the players get their way and he stays, then we must hire an OC. And not some clown from a no name college or some bed and breakfast owner. A real OC that knows the game and knows how to utilize personnel correctly. Charlie Weis? Maybe. Gilbride from the Giants? Possibly. I suspect NY may be cleaning house after this season. If Cable does get fired we need a HC that has some ability and experience. We also need a GM so the coach can actually coach. I've stated in comments before that circumstantial evidence points to the fact that Al Davis does interfere. Jon Gruden left and went to TB and beat us in a super bowl. 5 out of his 7 years there were winning seasons. Bill Callhan, while a bad head coach, was a great offense coordinator. He went on the Huskies and went to 2 back to back bowl games, winning 1. Now he's Assistant Head Coach and O-line coach at the Jets. Norv Turner, who was starting here with a team in complete disarray went on to the 9ers as a OC and dominated. Then he went to San Diego. His first year I thought was a fluke and he was riding the coat tails of his predecessor. The next year he went 8 and 8. Now he's 13 and 3 there and the team is a serious contender. Art shell is an exception. That was just bad. Really bad. Then Kiffin, who probably should have kept his mouth shut a little more, both in Oakland and now,, is taking the Vols to a bowl game. I just find it interesting how coaches that leave here are excelling in their current jobs.
When asked to assess JaMarcus Russell's performance, Chaz Schilens had this to say:
"Ummm ... no comment."
That silence speaks even more loudly than the boos from the fans. Schilens had just got done praising Frye:
"He was getting drilled, but he was getting the ball off and trusting his receivers," Schilens said.
"He played great. I wish it could have been different. I wish he could have stayed healthy and stayed in there."
When Russell tried to explain the fumble play (read slowly, it's gonna hurt)
"At last minute, getting ready to throw it to a back, and guy came from behind," Russell said, trying to explain the play.
"It was shaky, shaky," Russell said of his performance this year. "At times, it was like we were on a roller coaster. Once you go up, you go down, you go up, go down, same thing."
What's so irritating about JaMarcus is he shows these beautiful sparks of potential, but they turn into a fire. I know he has a cannon arm and thrust the ball down field, but a tank has a cannon too and if you let it fire willey nilley it's useless. That's the problem JaMarcus thinks he's doing fine.
In this creatvie article by Cohn Zohn where Russell is compared to a banana, a potato chip, a french fry, and rock, it's stating that's it's not too early to write Russell for the 2010 season. A quote by Tom Flores in this article about the fumble:
“His time clock just doesn’t go off in his head. He’s got to get rid of the ball.”
It is an interesting article actually, but creative. He sums Russell up pretty good:
He looked good for a few minutes. He is a few-minutes quarterback.
It is my opinion if Cable is to stay we need a real OC. It is also my opinion that we need a GM. Al meddles too much. This gets eluded by some of his comments along the lines of getting the coaches this talent, they have to use them. That leads me to believe the coach doesn't really have much say in the draft. I also don't believe the coach has much as in his assistants.