|Cable: We love Richard Seymour||02.28.10 at 3:20 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Oakland coach Tom Cable just spoke with the media here at the NFL Scouting Combine, and had a lot of good stuff to say about former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
Cable indicated that Seymour, who was dealt by New England to Oakland for a first-round pick in 2011 before the start of this past season, has taken a real leadership role with the Raiders.
“I think he was everything I thought he would be,” Cable said of the 30-year-old Seymour, who just completed his first full year with Oakland. “I heard a lot about who he is as a person, and what he would bring to the locker room and the practice field and the preparation and all those things. To me, he accomplished everything I had heard about him.
“The thing that I was probably most excited about was how much he impacted our young players on our football team,” Cable added. “He’s been in the NFL for quite some time, and knows how to prepare, how to get himself ready, how to take notes. The time it takes, day-to-day, week-to-week as you go through the season, and ultimately, how to take care of your body. So I think there were a lot of good lessons learned there for a bunch of young football players.”
Cable said the leadership qualities that Seymour exhibited over the course of the season were “very important” in the overall development of his football team, and he hopes that they can ultimately sign Seymour — who was recently franchised by Oakland — to a long-term deal.
“I think that he and Greg Elis brought a lot of that to our football team,” Cable said. “And guys like Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski brought some of that to the other side of the ball. I don’t think that you can ever have a team that can turn it around and start building something without that kind of leadership in the locker room.
“I think Richard wants to be there and get there and get his family settled. I think those things are important to him.”
The Raiders were excoriated in some circles for giving up a No. 1 pick for Seymour, but Cable said if Oakland had to do it all over again, they’d still make the deal.
“I think so, if you look at what he brought to our team,” Cable said of Seymour, who finished the 2009 season with 47 tackles and four sacks. “The ability of our opponents — or lack thereof — to run at him, run on that side of the line of scrimmage.
“I’d like to see maybe a little more pass rush out of him. He’d probably be the first to tell you that. But all those things considered, yeah, definitely. If you could get that out of a first-round pick, you’d done pretty well.”
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