Tom Cable’s Forte: Oakland’s New Offensive Line


Published: July 8, 2009

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... middle of the situation, you are dead wrong. The O-Line in Oaktown will be his key to whether his team thrives or flops in a weak division. Let's travel back in time for a moment if I may. In 2004, Oakland's rushing attack was abismal. They ranked dead last in the league in yards gained (1295) and tied for 19th with only 10 rushing TD's. The 2005 season, they finished 29th in the league in total rushing yards with 1,369. They managed one more TD, but the average yards per attempt went down from 4.0 to 3.8. They also fumbled 20 times, which is two more than the previous year. Come 2006, things were looking very bleak. Seemingly all the guys from the Gruden days were gone, and the team in the middle of a major overhaul. It was the year of Art Shell's second coming. The season was a complete flop. In the first game, they were shut out at home by San Diego, 27-0. Justin Fargas led the team in rushing with 5 carries for 35 yards. Week 2, they managed two field goals at Baltimore. ...

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