Able Cable Takes The Reins
By The FreakingPope
As the dust settles, with occasional flurries from former players like Warren Sapp, we find ourselves a little over a week away from our first game under a new head coach. The team is back on the practice field. The drama may go on, but the team is somewhat isolated from it.
I admit that the night before Cable's first press conference, I was a little nervous about how our team would handle the transition. It literally kept me up. I felt like we had lost the face of our "Return to Excellence".
Over the last few days, Cable has offered up some insights into his plan for our immediate future. He could be a regular here at Raider Take, based on what I've heard, or maybe common sense is truly common in this instance.
Judge for yourself.
"The work will be tempo, tempo, tempo, as fast as we can go. And keep pushing that, because I just believe that if you play faster than the other guy he's going to give up somewhere in that game."
We can hear part of Kiffin's philosophy here, but the charisma is far different. Maybe it's because he outweighs Lane by 100+ pounds, or because he's used to dealing with formidable pupils, but when Tom says it, it doesn't sound like a suggestion. It sounds like an order.
"We're not looking back. We're a good team. We're going to run for the playoffs, and that's our deal. We're not gonna back down. We're not afraid say that, because you have to if you believe in yourself."
Could this be the end of playing not to lose?
"In order to succeed you have to fail. And so I've said that from day one. Never be afraid to make mistakes, but around me make mistakes at 100 mph, cause you'll grow from that quicker, you'll learn from that quicker."
If this is the teaching method that pulled Gallery's career out of the toilet, sign me up.
"If I don't like the effort, I can't stand that. You might as well give someone else your check, because you're cheating. We're not going to do that. We're going to work hard, and work fast."
Now I know one, if not all of us, have written this here.
"What you're going to see is balanced offense. That's the key. Whether that means more passing or not I don't know. You might see a series or two where it's all pass or all run. I think we have to be more balanced. We do run the football, so there's a lot of people in the box so you've got to take your shots."
I leave you with the following. It speaks to the next step in our evolution as a team. May Tom find fortune, where Lane, Shell, Turner, and Callahan could not.
Do you see this team as being close to being a contender?
"Yeah I do. I don't have any question in my mind. First thing we have to do is learn how to win, then we have to learn how to handle winning. We compete hard, I think that's obvious. That's step one. Step two is learn how to win. We need to win in the fourth quarter. Once that happens we need to learn how to handle winning because it hasn't happened for a while. You don't just go out and win a few games and think everything's all rosy because it can blow up on you. There's still a process that you have to get through. Right now it's about learning how to win games and finish games in the fourth quarter."
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