Raiders coach Tom Cable finally received a bit of good news Sunday after a season's worth of bad news regarding his personal and off-field exploits.
On Sunday, ESPN reported that the NFL isn't inclined to discipline Cable for the recent allegations of physical abuse levied against him by his first wife and a former girlfriend.
Cable still faces the prospect of a clinical evaluation by independent doctors as to whether he needs counseling for anger-management issues.
The league also is considering whether to discipline Cable for his alleged attack of defensive assistant Randy Hanson during a training-camp incident in which Hanson wound up with a broken jaw.
No charges have been filed against Cable in any of the alleged incidents. He admitted only to slapping his first wife, Sandy Cable, more than 20 years ago.
ESPN aired a story Nov. 1 that featured Sandy Cable and former girlfriend Marie Lutz detailing how Cable physically abused them during their relationships with Cable.
The report also disclosed a divorce document from Cable's second wife, Glenda, that showed an allegation by her that Cable physically abused her, as well. Glenda Cable later issued a statement that recanted her original account.
In light of the initial ESPN report, the Raiders issued a statement saying that they don't condone the behavior alleged and that they would undertake a serious evaluation of the matter. There hasn't been any word of their
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell wasted no time in getting Schilens into the flow by completing a pass to him for 6 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Schilens finished with three receptions for 27 yards.
"It felt good," Schilens said of getting some action. "It was good to get it out of the way. I wish we could have done more. First game back, came through it healthy, look at it positive going into next week."
They broke the drought in dramatic fashion, with Jamaal Charles bolting 44 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-and-one play early in the second quarter to tie the game at 10.
"You can point to that directly," Cable said as to why the Raiders offense stalled after a game-opening touchdown.
"If there's one thing disappointing about the game, too many penalties for the first time this season," Cable said.
Over nine games this season, JaMarcus Russell's quarterback rating has been below 50. Here are his game-by-game passing statistics:
Opp. Cp-Att Yds TD/Int Rat.
SD 12-30 208 1/2 47.6
KC 7-24 109 0/0 46.0
Den 12-21 61 0/2 22.6
Hou 12-33 128 0/0 48.5
NYG 8-13 100 0/0 85.4
Phi 17-28 224 1/2 68.2
NYJ 6-11 61 0/2 31.1
SD 14-22 109 0/1 56.8
KC 9-24 67 0/0 45.8
Total 88-182 1,000 2/9 48.3