Raiders coach Tom Cable, 10.07.09

Q:  How do you approach this week when you don’t exactly know what is going on with Eli Manning?

A:  Well, our issues are us, quite frankly. We are 1-3 and disappointed in that.  And so we really can’t worry too much about what is going on with someone else.  We have to worry about us right now. And that has kind of been our thing. 

Q:  From a game planning standpoint and trying to get your guys ready for who is going to be there, who do you approach from a practice ……..

A:  You prepare like he is going to be there.  And you go about your business.

Q:  Do you think things would change very much if you had to play against David Carr instead of Eli Manning?

A:  I don’t think so too much.  They are built around a very good run game, a physical offensive line.  They have good runners.  When they throw it they are very good at it.  So I don’t know – their system is in place.  They are going to do what they do. 

Q:  How is the health of your offensive line?  Are you going to be without your tackle, what about Gallery?

A:  He is questionable.  We should know something probably tomorrow (on Thursday) as to his status for the game.  (Cornell) Green will be out. 

Q: Without those two guys, how much confidence do you have in the guys that can come in behind them, especially considering the Giants have a pretty good defensive line?

A:  They have a great defensive line.  I would say arguably the best one in football.  So you really do have to get yourself ready to play against this group of people.  And whoever we put in there is going to have to step up. 

Q:  I know you won’t want to give away the game plan, but when you look at Steve Smith and what he has done so far this year and the way he is leading the league, does he deserve special attention – such as number one receiver would?

A:  I think so.  I think he is a terrific player.  He is having a terrific year.  He has gone out and proved himself in all four of the games.  He is catching underneath stuff, medium stuff, deep stuff.  And he is a very, very good player.  So he will definitively get attention.

Q:  What makes him so good when you look at him on film?

A:  You have a big body, you have speed, a guy that, I think, really understands what they do with him and ask him to do.  And certainly to me, any time a receiver kind of sets himself at a different level like that, he has a great understanding of the game and what coverages are and how to get himself open. 

Q:  You have a Pro Bowl cornerback there, do you feel he can pretty much shut down almost anyone that comes against him?

A:  Well, he has had a lot of success.  We really don’t play a lot of matchup or anything like that.  He plays his side.  Chris plays his side.  But Nnamdi has been very productive and is a good player.

Q:  How has the addition of Richard Seymour been for that defensive line group and for leadership in the locker room?

A:  I think it has been very good.  Richard has been a pro from the moment he stepped in here.  He has been a great teacher, if you will, or mentor, if you will, for a lot of young people and how to prepare, how to get yourself ready to play, how to take care of your body, how to play the game on game day, all of those things.  So he has been real positive for our football team.

Q:  What has been the problem with your offense?  Has it been the quarterback or is it a number of things?

A:  I think it is a number of things. We have not been able to run the ball with any kind of consistency.  We have not been able to throw the ball with any kind of accuracy or anything like that.  So we have to improve, really, in all areas offensively. 

Q:  How are you doing with your own personal situation?

A:  Good.  I have four wonderful kids.  I have a wonderful wife.  And so it is good.

Q:  Are you worried that you might be suspended and have to miss games this season?

A:  Actually I’m not.  Again, I respect the fact that you all have to ask those questions.  I’m not going to talk about it because I’m not supposed to.  The process will take care of itself.  But like I said, I have a good family – wife Carol and the four kids.  Everything is good.

Q:  Aside from the actual specifics of everything that is going on, just the fact that there is an issue, has that logistically affected how you guys get ready for games?

A:  No.  If you know anything about me, I’m a football guy.  And that is all I really worry about.  So I don’t get into that.  That stuff is out of my control at this point. And the process will take care of what is right.

Q:  Did they give you any indication of a timetable?

A:  No, they have not.

Q:  You have been a long-time offensive line coach.  When you see the Giants offensive line and the continuity – when you look at them, how important do you think continuity is as far as how successful they have been?

A:  The number one issue at that position -- when you are fortunate enough to keep them healthy, one.  And two, to keep them under contract, keep a group together for a period of time; naturally they become a driving force on any football team.  I respect that.  I admire that.  I appreciate that.  And we are certainly trying to get that done here. 

Q: In addition to the line’s longevity together, they have had Eli Manning back there every game.  How important is it to have the same quarterback?

A:  It is very important.  They understand the flow of cadence and they understand what he is doing back there.  You talk during the week as teammates about, ‘Hey when this happens, I want to do this and this, and I’m going to do that.’ And the quarterback says, ‘Hey, I’m going to check this.  When you see that safety here, that corner wiggle.’  They all kind of understand each other when you have been together for as long as they have.

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