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August 23, 2010
Cable's Monday conference call transcript

Raiders coach Tom Cable spoke to Bay Area reporters late Monday morning to discuss the Raiders' 32-17 defeat of the Chicago Bears on Saturday night. He spoke of the what he say on the game film, injuries and what he sees in rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain. He also said receiver Chaz Schilens may need arthroscopic surgery on a knee. A transcript, then, of Monday's conference call:

Question: After reviewing game film, what stood out?
Answer: The long run concerned me, obviously. We got cut out of the gap and didn't play it very well from the back side. That concerned me in that it was really something that could have been prevented. We just didn't play it very good. I felt like defensively we played team defense for about two-thirds of the game. But about a third of the time just breakdowns here and there. We had a couple of missed assignments, guys not running to the ball, guys came out of coverage on the one touchdown we gave up (and) we took our eyes off the man in man coverage. Things like that. Fortunately, they're all things we can definitely fix. I'm excited about that. I'd rather it just didn't happen. Next thing, probably the offense. Nice start in terms of first drive, obviously. But I think there was a lot more out there for us running the football. We didn't execute that part of it very well. We need to clean some things up up front.

Q: Your thoughts on the kick returners so far?
A: I'm excited because I think we definitely have upgraded the people there in terms of some depth and all that. We missed a great opportunity twice on the kickoff return for some big returns. Even just to start the game, missed a block that really would have put the returnerone on one with the kicker. Having seen that on film, a little disappointed in that. Again that is something that is very fixable. So I'm excited to go back to practice tomorrow and get to work on those kinds of things because we're so close.

Q: Any update on Samson Satele's ankle?
A: We probably won't know more until this afternoon some time. I know they will do an X-ray today and look at it in depth. But we'll know more this afternoon.

Q: Will the guys who missed the Bears game be back at practice tomorrow?
A: Most of them. The only guy who probably won't get back looks to be Chaz Schilens. He actually is seeing a specialist for a knee issue and he may need a procedure, a scope procedure done. We'll find that out as well this afternoon. But I think we're getting a lot of those guys back like (Darren) McFadden, (Darrius) Heyward-Bey, I don't have the list in front of me right now but the majority of those guys will be back to work tomorrow.

Q: How concerning is another injury for Chaz?
A: I'm very concerned. It's been a tough road for him. We get through the foot thing now and something else has kind of reared up on us. We'll take care of it and get him back as soon as we can.

Q: Was there something specific that happened to him?
A: It sounds like something that was overcompensation for the foot, to be honest with you.

Q: If he needs the 'scope," could he be back by the first game?
A: That's the hope. That's the hope.

Q: With the way the other receivers have played, does that calm your nerves if you have to play without Chaz?
A: I think the group is developing, I certainly do. It was nice to see Jacoby Ford being able to contribute the other night. He did some nice things against a couple of tough coverage looks and had discipline to run the routes right and run them at their depth and all that and then caught the football. I'm encouraged by that group. Hopefully we don't lose Chaz for any time here. But if it does happen, I do think we're developing that group.

Q: What has been the key to your screen game and can it be bigger part of the offense?
A: It's always been a part of the offense. To me, we're doing a decent job right now of executing it. That's exciting. We've got some linemen who can run. They're getting out and getting people on the ground. The backs are making nice cuts off it and the timing by the quarterback has been good. I'm very encouraged by it. We just seem to be doing a better job of it this year thus far.

Q: What did you expect out of Kamerion Wimbley, and has he exceeded expectations?
A: I think he is who we thought he was. He played outside linebacker at Cleveland. That's what he's been known for. He's done a fine job with it here. Our plan all along as we talked about was to use him on third down in terms of rushing the passer. He showed up the other night. That's exciting for our team. He's exactly what we thought. He'd be a guy who could rush the passer in passing situations and play the SAM linebacker on the other downs.

Q: As nice as his four sacks were, what about his coverage on Greg Olsen down the sideline?
A: Absolutely. I think that play, from a coaching standpoint, was as big, if not bigger, than the sacks. That was something we were waiting to see and Olsen is a quality, quality player. It shows Kam has the ability to do those things. It certainly brings something to our defense.

Q: What makes him such a good pass rusher?
A: He has great speed off the edge. He's a dynamic rusher in terms of what he's doing with his hands and his pass-rushing moves. He works on it diligently. To me, I think if you look back at the history of him even coming out or Florida State, that's always been his one real niche is the fact that he could get to the quarterback. I just think it's a combination of his speed (and) athleticism with a guy who understands what he's doing, in terms of the technique of rushing the passer.

Q: Did the Browns call you to shop him, or did you call them?
A: I don't even remember. I don't know.

Q: Were you surprised that guy who's been around four years and had some success was available?
A: Honestly I'm just happy we got him. I'm not going around it. It just seems so long ago. I don't remember all that. I'm glad we got him. I'm glad that they didn't want him, if that's the case, and he's ours. I'll leave it at that.

Q: How would you assess your fullback situation?
A: We're getting some nice play out of Marcel Reece. He's improving, definitely. Even if you take away the screen play to him he made a nice run on. I just like where he's going as a blocker. He's becoming more and more physical with each game. He certainly understands now what we're asking him to do. He's been good in pass protection. I think he's improving and that's good to see. Manase Tonga, he has shown some things being physical (to) assert himself that way and caught the ball well the other night. It was good to get Luke Lawton back in the mix. He'd been out for quite some time. I feel like there's good competition there.

Q: Has Chane Moline been moved to running back?
A: No. We're just trying to keep some fresh guys in the game. Losing Darren, losing that set of legs, just probably being a little more cautious or smart with the situation rather than running the rest of them in the ground.

Q: What have you seen out of Rolando McClain in his first two exhibitions?
A: I've seen great awareness. I've seen good speed to the ball. I've seen excellent pass defense. I've seen a guy who is around the ball in the run game. Probably he would be the first to tell you, he needs to pull the trigger a little bit more. But his recognition at the speed of it and getting to the ball has been excellent. The thing that I'm most pleased about is he's done a nice job of getting us lined up and adjusting, and then the pass defense. He's been more than we thought.

Q: What do you mean by pull the trigger?
A: There are some times for him to blow it up or make a big play in there sometimes. He's making the play but I think there's a little bit more energy that can be brought to it.

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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