Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable Hits the Jackpot with “Just Win Baby”

"Just Win baby" just wasn't getting the job done anymore.

With that phrase as the team's motto, the Raiders had the worst winning percentage in the NFL since 2003.

Oakland recently threw out "Just Win Baby" and replaced it with "Just Cut It Loose."  With their new mindset, the Raiders are currently 5-4 and in the race for the AFC West division crown.

How much does a team motto actually affect the team's play?

It's hard to answer that question, but either way, the motto swap seems to have worked.

The switch reportedly was inspired because many of the Raiders players, including quarterback Jason Campbell, let their mistakes affect their play.

When an athlete can't forget about a mistake and turn the page, his confidence plunges. When an athlete's confidence plunges, he plays scared and makes even more mistakes, and the cycle continues.

Tom Cable told The New York Times he insists to his team, "I got you.  I'm with you. Really, just stop worrying about things."

The coach once on the hot seat has transformed his squad for the better in recent weeks. One of the hottest teams in the league, the Raiders have won three straight games including two against divisional opponents.  They won those games by a total of 78 points.

The Raiders have plenty of talent.  

Darren McFadden has really turned it on this season.  Their receiving corps is young and explosive led by tight end Zach Miller.  Nnamdi Asomugha is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL.

Turnovers and penalties—mistakes have held this franchise back in recent years.

Their new play-loose, play-with-confidence approach is just what the doctor ordered, the perfect remedy for their Achilles heel.

Maybe "Just Win Baby" was too clichéd, or even sounded desperate.  Maybe the Raiders didn't like being ca...

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