Piling on Tom Cable is the newest fad in Raider bashing. The National Organization of Women is the latest entry in the trend that is sweeping the nation with H1N1 speed.
NOW president Terry O’Neill has requested that the Raiders suspend their head coach during the team’s internal investigation in lieu of his both alleged and admitted acts of violence against women.
“This is the National Football League. Boys and girls around the country, as well as many women, look to the leaders of the NFL as our role models,” O’Neill said in a phone interview. “Why would the NFL tolerate having a man who admits to having battered his wife.”
While one can see why O’Neill would want Cable off the sidelines, it is hard to comprehend who would consider him a role model. Cable’s situation is nothing to make light of, but his offense is the punch line for many a joke. Since becoming head coach of the Silver and Black, Cable has called plays for an offense that averages one TD and two Janikowskis per contest.
The offense has hit rock bottom in the NFL. JaMarcus Russell finds ways to reach new lows each week and Al Davis has little recourse to take action against Cable at the moment.
At least we have Ray Ratto to reassure us that things can still get much worse.
If there is a ray of light out there, it is that Robert Gallery is scheduled to return after the bye week. Gallery’s presence has been sorely missed in a running game that was supposed to be a strength for the Raiders this season. If there is a Raider re-birth to occur in the second half of the season, then the arrival of Gallery’s first child could be a welcomed omen.
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