• Cable Guy Gone; New "Jack" for the Job?

    Apparently ending the season on a high note didn't help Tom Cable.

    Two days after defeating the AFC West division champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-10 in their regular season finale, the Oakland Raiders informed their head coach they declined the two-year option in his contract.

    "Coach Cable was informed the club would not be exercising its option for the 2011 season, and that he's free to seek employment elsewhere," said his agent Don Yee via an email to the Associated Press.

    "Teams already have shown interest in Tom," Yee added.

    So then the question easily is, why cut Cable now?

    Especially after Oakland went a perfect 6-0 in their division, and the team finished with an 8-8 record that halted seven consecutive losing seasons.

    Well, perhaps cutting Cable is easier, if one doesn't feel he's deserving of recent credit.

    Minutes after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Cable era was over in Oakland, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Al Davis was set to have offensive coordinator Hue Jackson promoted.

    After reviewing the offensive ruins the Raiders were in prior to Jackson's arrival, and the results they've accomplished since, it's easy to see why the Raiders could feel good about Jackson at the helm.

    Finishing near the cellar of most offensive categories at the end of the 2009 season, Davis wanted to jolt the unit in a different direction.

    Fresh off developing Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Baltimore, and a reputation built on his man-to-man style of coaching, Jackson possessed the bold goods Davis sought to bring to the black hole.

    Months later Jackson was entrusted with play-calling duties Cable assumed since the middle of the 2008 season, with a bunch of under developed pieces in waiting and certainly desperate for the molding.

    Fast forward to the end of 2010 regular season and the Raiders offense seems reformed. With the reintroduction of a longer vertical game, more play-action passing, game-breaking running plays, and red zone conversions, the Oakland's offense has vastly improved.

    2010: Passing Off. (23rd), Rushing Off. (2nd), Scoring Off. (6th), Total Off. (10th)
    2009: Passing Off. (29th), Rushing Off. (21st), Scoring Off. (31st), Total Off. (31st)

    The top-10 finish in points and yards per game is a franchise first since the 1970 merger.

    Once teetering on being a lost cause, Darren McFadden's career has been revived--rushing for 800 more yards between this season and last.

    As far as Jason Campbell...

    Although benched earlier this season, and admittedly consistency is a work in progress, Campbell rebounded to lead the Raiders to their first three game winning streak since 2002 while adjusting to yet another offensive system.

    Just a few notes that Jackson is compiling while polishing his Raiders portfolio.

    But here's a caveat...

    Right before filing this story late Tuesday night, I received information from sources saying Jackson had not had any official talks with the Oakland Raiders about the head coaching vacancy at the time of this report--although clearly that could change.

    Sources also added Jackson still intends to interview for the same job in San Francisco at that hour, but also cautioned the situation remains very fluid.

    Yet, regardless of what happens in the next coming days, Jackson's work is clearly being recognized in Oakland.

    As for that Cable guy...

    He has to find a place to create some energy where in-demand services will be appreciated and not cut off in his neighborhood.

    Comments 30 Comments
    1. ZambianBillsFan's Avatar
      Bottom line, if you go 6-0 in your division and don't make the playoffs, something's wrong somewhere, and in the NFL where owners don't fire themselves, they fire their coach.
      There's a coaching free for all in the NFL, and the Raiders are simply jockeying for position.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      The Raiders were finally going in the right direction. Cable was an O-line guy and it seems like he was able to turn that around. It is sad to see a team with the history of the Raiders be open to so many punchlines because of a guy who has meant so much to the sport. Al Davis has been an extraordinary man in the sport, but the last 4 years have shown that he has no business running a team any more. How many years of 10+ losses did this year break? It was more than a couple.
    1. Wordsworth's Avatar
      Al Davis is obsessed with offense. His coaching moves are typically always offensively inclined and most of his major offseason moves are based around improving the offense. I think Cable was doing a fine job and went 8-8 with a relatively mediocre Raiders squad. I think he won 2-3 more games than most people expected out of Oakland this year. To me, when a guy takes your bad team and makes them competitive, he has earned another year. But that's not how things work in Al's world.
    1. hobbes27's Avatar
      I guess the NFL insiders on this website can comment on this, but wasn't there a significant rift between Al Davis and Tom Cable? If the owner and coach are not getting along, then it really doesn't matter how good the coach is doing, unless he's taking the team to the superbowl. Then maybe the owner can bite his tongue and deal with a guy he doesn't like.
    1. NickMykita's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by hobbes27 View Post
      If the owner and coach are not getting along, then it really doesn't matter how good the coach is doing, unless he's taking the team to the Super Bowl. Then maybe the owner can bite his tongue and deal with a guy he doesn't like.
      That didn't save Jimmie Johnson when he was in Dallas.
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      Many sources are saying Cable and Davis weren't on the same page. Who was the last head coach Al was on the same page with? John Madden? Hue Jackson is talented. He knows the game, can teach it, and most importantly has a great feel for how to communicate with today's athlete. I really think he would be a strong head coach. He knows how to highlight the strengths of his football team and minimize its weaknesses.
    1. FessJL0861's Avatar
      I still think Cable got hosed. That guy has his men playing hard week in and week out. They were on the right track. I don't know enough about the Raiders or Hue Jackson, but I do know that they didn't have a losing record and they swept that division (which wasn't as terrible as in years past). Cable should be a head man again, and in the right situation he should have success.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by ZambianBillsFan View Post
      Bottom line, if you go 6-0 in your division and don't make the playoffs, something's wrong somewhere, and in the NFL where owners don't fire themselves, they fire their coach.
      There's a coaching free for all in the NFL, and the Raiders are simply jockeying for position.
      I concur that Al Davis needs to let go...and stop the micromanaging. Part of my job is speaking to folks across the NFL on a daily basis, and I don't think I've talked to sources on any other team that are more weary of their owner's ubiquitous presence than they are in the Raiders organization. I don't take that as are reflection of those sources. However, I do take note when they sound fearful that "Mr. Davis might do this, or Mr. Davis might say that."
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Polishguy00 View Post
      The Raiders were finally going in the right direction. Cable was an O-line guy and it seems like he was able to turn that around. It is sad to see a team with the history of the Raiders be open to so many punchlines because of a guy who has meant so much to the sport. Al Davis has been an extraordinary man in the sport, but the last 4 years have shown that he has no business running a team any more. How many years of 10+ losses did this year break? It was more than a couple.
      Morning Polish. I like Tom Cable and his Blue collar grit. I like that it he doesn't let Al Davis run him over with a tractor too. Probably best he move on to where he can breathe easier and his skill-set is more appreciated.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Wordsworth View Post
      Al Davis is obsessed with offense. His coaching moves are typically always offensively inclined and most of his major offseason moves are based around improving the offense. I think Cable was doing a fine job and went 8-8 with a relatively mediocre Raiders squad. I think he won 2-3 more games than most people expected out of Oakland this year. To me, when a guy takes your bad team and makes them competitive, he has earned another year. But that's not how things work in Al's world.
      Hey "Words." All good points. I just believe that success you underlined A.D. credits to Jax. I think unilaterally giving Jax all the credit is unfair, but who am I? Certainly not the one cutting the checks. I do take checks though. Just saying.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lapham View Post
      Many sources are saying Cable and Davis weren't on the same page. Who was the last head coach Al was on the same page with? John Madden? Hue Jackson is talented. He knows the game, can teach it, and most importantly has a great feel for how to communicate with today's athlete. I really think he would be a strong head coach. He knows how to highlight the strengths of his football team and minimize its weaknesses.
      Morning Dave. Hobbes that was your answer right there. There have been leaks of friction. At least Cable hasn't gotten the school projector press conference rant outlining all of his "faults"....yet.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by FessJL0861 View Post
      I still think Cable got hosed. That guy has his men playing hard week in and week out. They were on the right track. I don't know enough about the Raiders or Hue Jackson, but I do know that they didn't have a losing record and they swept that division (which wasn't as terrible as in years past). Cable should be a head man again, and in the right situation he should have success.
      Fessy Fess. How are you? I agree the Cable guy got hosed. The unfortunate part for him is that I believe the "Raider" environment suited his coaching style and personality. I love that. Cable fit on the Black and Silver sidelines well. I like his grit and his toughness. Not saying the Broncos loved seeing that twice a week---but I digress. Anyways got to get ready for Elway's press conference. Talked to you guys soon.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by NickMykita View Post
      That didn't save Jimmie Johnson when he was in Dallas.
      Oh and NickMykita...nice to meet ya. I'll be back.
    1. FessJL0861's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Josina Anderson View Post
      The unfortunate part for him is that I believe the "Raider" environment suited his coaching style and personality. I love that. Cable fit on the Black and Silver sidelines well.
      He did just seem like a quintessential Raider didn't he? Well, that and he kind of looked like John Goodman from the Big Lebowski:



      I did get that reference from ESPN's page 2, but wow what a coincidence. He would work out well in a blue collar town. Not really a blue collar town, but could anyone see him in San Fran? That would be fantastic.
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      The last time I agreed with Zombie Al was the Kiffin fallout.And Fess that pic...If i had to work Roseanne everyday for 10 years id want out too!!!
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      I guess old Al saw one of those Direct TV ads and that convinced him to drop Cable.
    1. FessJL0861's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
      If i had to work Roseanne everyday for 10 years id want out too!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by Pruitt View Post
      I guess old Al saw one of those Direct TV ads and that convinced him to drop Cable.
      Two fantastic comments from two of our go to ninjas. When your franchise is being compared with a DirecTV commercial and the American television classic "Roseanne", you may want to take a long look at yourself.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by FessJL0861 View Post
      Two fantastic comments from two of our go to ninjas. When your franchise is being compared with a DirecTV commercial and the American television classic "Roseanne", you may want to take a long look at yourself.
      Unfortunately, amongst his myriad of undisclosed ailments, Al Davis has been legally blind for 15 years.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Hey - didn't matt Millen play for the Raiders?

      Hmmmm....
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by FessJL0861 View Post
      He did just seem like a quintessential Raider didn't he? Well, that and he kind of looked like John Goodman from the Big Lebowski:



      I did get that reference from ESPN's page 2, but wow what a coincidence. He would work out well in a blue collar town. Not really a blue collar town, but could anyone see him in San Fran? That would be fantastic.
      Awesome Awesome pictures. On the San Fran thing...perhaps. I think he fits the purple and black...not saying he is going there. Personality wise I think that is a match that's all.
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