The ball is in your court, Coach Cable.
You spent the free agency period convincing Al Davis to sign offensive linemen. You didn’t bat an eye when Mr. Davis dialed you and uttered three nouns – “Darrius Heyward-Bey“. You inherited Justin Fargas, Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. Any one of those aforementioned runners would be an upgradge for most NFL teams, having all three is a luxury. When you were introduced as the newest head coach of the Oakland Raiders you proclaimed to the world that you would be calling the plays despite that fact that Paul Hackett and Ted Tollner – two former offensive coordinators – were on your coaching staff.
Now, Raider Nation eagerly anticipates your next move with all the pieces laid out on the checkered board.
The $64,000 question is what will define your offense, Coach Cable?
We all know that John Marshall shoulders a great burden and your success is linked directly to his. But you’re the man calling the shots. You’re the president with one sweaty finger hovering just above that ominous red button.
Many have wondered if you are a marionette being manipulated by the man upstairs. Some of us hear the gust of the Autumn Wind whenever you speak. Whatever the case is, you’ll be judged by your wins and losses and not your personality.
We don’t care if you have to scold JaMarcus by giving the playbook to Jeff Garcia. If keeping a clipboard in Garcia’s hand all season while giving him the best seat in the house to watch Russell pitch the rock is the best bet. So be it.
All we want is a team we can be proud of and results that cannot be ignored.
Plain and simple: We want wins.
So, Coach Cable, since this is your offense and you so boldly said that we were going to see the Silver and Black playing in January, we want to know how you’re going to manage an arsenal that has Mike Martz busting out the baby oil.
I’m not trying to call you out. I’m just trying to keep you honest.
For the record: We all like you. You have all the qualities that we Raider Faithful believe in. The team responded to you when no group of millionaires who value vacation time over pain would have ever considered laying it on the line against Houston or in Tampa. While the world laughed as you threw DeAngelo Hall out of the locker room, we sat patiently and awaited the bigger picture to reveal itself.
Now, as a nation, we have but one question.
What will define your offense, Coach Cable?
We’ve suffered through the bed and breakfast offense of 2006 that made Randy Moss look like Randy Quaid. You might think our standards are lowered but in fact quite the opposite. There are three Lombardis that force us to expect much more. This is not San Diego. Simply getting to the playoffs is not enough. However, just being able to cheer in January is a great start.
Again, I ask you, Tom Cable. What will define your offense?
You alluded to a return to the vertical game. Now you have three receivers that run like the wind and range from 5’11” to 6’3″.
No more excuses!
This is your offense and you’re gambling with our team; time to put up or shut up.
We look forward to the sneak preview against the Cowboys on Thursday, August 13th.
P.S. – Some of us still can’t get over that fake field goal against Kansas City. We appreciate the moxie but please don’t ever ask a 260 pound kicker who runs a 6.5 second 40 to tote the pill.
Tags: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured Darren McFadden Darrius Heyward-Bey Deangelo Hall JaMarcus Russell Jeff Garcia John Marshall Justin Fargas Michael Bush Mike Martz Paul Hackett Randy Moss Randy Quaid Ted Tollner Tom Cable Zach Miller