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NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders prepares to throw the red challenge flag against the Tennessee Titans during the NFL season opener at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Raiders 38-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tom Cable
Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable used borderline profanity when describing his team's feelings over their 38-13 Game 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans. But at least he qualified it by saying "kind of."
"We’re kind of pissed off, if I can say that," Cable told the Oakland Tribune.
"We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves," Cable continued, in his post-game press conference Monday. "It’s a setback. It’s part of life, so that’s the way we’re dealing with it. We’re really kind of angry about what happened."
These "kind of" angry feelings reflect Cable's frustration that the team is making mistakes they had not made in the preseason.
"At the end of the game (Sunday) night, or in the locker room, I asked ‘em, bring your notepads and bring an open mind tomorrow, cause we got a lot of work to do," Cable said. "When you guys go look at this film, you’re gonna be very shocked and a little bit angry to see yourselves doing things that we used to do. Things we haven’t done all preseason. Things we kind of felt we had moved beyond. And there they are again."
Cable still feels the problems are correctable and that a runaway successful season for the Raiders is still entirely possible. He even downplayed to Sunday's dismal setback of a game by saying it would be "Maybe our only setback, who knows?"
Sounds like Tom Cable chose his words correctly. He is only "kind of" pissed off.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who appreciates that at least Cable didn't call his team "maybe dumb".