A good night's sleep and half a day's worth to collect his thoughts did nothing to sway coach Tom Cable's belief that the Raiders were victimized Monday night by a rule that needs to be changed.
The officials ruled Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy scored a touchdown on a 19-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell with 50 seconds left in the first half. But a review of the play showed the ball came free once Murphy hit the ground, and the pass was ruled incomplete.
"Yeah, perhaps it is a rule that needs to be looked at," Cable said Tuesday in his weekly news conference. "If you had that play happen 20 times this season, 19 of them would be touchdowns."
Cable cited the fact that officials aren't supposed to overturn calls unless there's indisputable evidence that an error has been made.
"If you go to the replay booth, it's supposed to be absolute evidence that it needs to be overturned, whichever way it is," Cable said. "When you spend that much time in the booth, obviously, it wasn't that obvious."
Cable agreed that, perhaps, the officials made the proper call based on how the rule is written but that the rule needs to be amended.
The Raiders settled for a field goal on that drive. They lost 24-20 to San Diego, or by the difference in points between the disallowed touchdown and the subsequent field goal.
"I had no idea I lost the ball, honestly," Murphy said after the game. "I came down and when I was pushing myself up, that's the only time I really felt the ball come out, when I was getting up to celebrate. All my teammates said they thought it was a touchdown; both feet and my rear end land in the end zone."
Walker (knee injury) was deactivated for Monday's game. He said he is healthy enough to play. Cable begs to differ.