Not even 24-hours have passed since the Oakland Raiders ended their 7th straight season of 11 or more losses with (what else?) a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Already the whispers of Tom Cable’s demise are flooding the rumor mill.
Here is a small piece of advice for Al Davis.
Keep Cable for all of 2010 or be warned that your faithful-to-a-fault fan base will publicly divorce you.
Perhaps that billboard wasn’t enough of a warning sign for Davis. Maybe he didn’t understand exactly why 7 out of 8 home games this year were not televised locally. That dwindling attendance hitting lows not seen in three decades wasn’t coincidence.
Raider Nation is fed up with the overbearing antics of Davis. We’ll continue to support the Silver and Black. We’re done supporting Al’s checkbook.
There is plenty of cause to fire Cable when looking at the situation on the surface.
As the interim head coach he led this team to consecutive victories to conclude 2008. One year later, he did the exact opposite as Oakland dropped its final two tilts en route to yet another 5-11 season. Cable didn’t improve Oakland’s standing in the AFC West at all. He had his team ready to play for the big boys but never could get an inspired effort when the little guys were the opponent.
Then there is the issue of Randy Hanson’s broken jaw and ESPN’s witch hunt. Mind you, nothing came of either situation. It’s not the type of distraction a team needs from its head coach during the season.
Certainly all of the above are grounds for dismissal under normal circumstances.
These aren’t normal circumstances, Mr. Davis.
This is the mess you have created as the owner of the Oakland Raiders.
Cable’s greatest sin of all was to go a different direction at the quarterback position. He might have gone rogue when benching JaMarcus Russell but the results can’t be disputed.
With Russell watching from the sideline, the vertical game Davis so covets came back into focus.
Tom Cable might not be John Madden, let alone Jon Gruden, but he’s better than any other puppet Davis wheeled out onto the sideline since Gruden’s departure and he’s better than any other marionette Davis currently has in mind.
Nnamdi Asomugha and many other members of the Sliver and Black have already given Cable the seal of approval and are willing to go the extra mile for their coach if need be.
“It’s huge,” right guard Cooper Carlisle said of bringing back Cable. “He deserves a shot. He had some tough breaks early. Everybody respects him, everybody plays hard for him, and he does a lot of things that are positive and that work.”
“It’s very important to have that consistency,” Asomugha said. “Any business or company that is continually changing the boss or CEO, they have a tough time with whatever it is they’re doing. We started to get a rhythm, and we started to understand what we were doing. I would definitely try to get Cable back, just because that gives us some consistency.”
The fans have already given Cable their vote of confidence and are willing to sit out all of 2010 if need be. If Davis thought attendance was low in ’09, wait until he sees the figures that will usher in yet another change in the coaching regime next season.
It is time to stay the course, not abandon ship.
Cable has proven that there is enough talent on this roster to compete with the NFL elite. Those wins over Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Denver don’t lie. Well, maybe that beating of the Donkeys wasn’t as big a deal after all, but a win over a rival in their crib is nothing to shun when you’re keeping pace with the Detroit Lions for football ineptitude.
While Tom Cable deserves the chance to coach again in 2010, there are a few conditions.
1) Cable must give up play calling duties. This team needs a dedicated offensive coordinator.
2) No more changing of the guard. Spend every OTA and everyday in training camp finding out who is the best option at quarterback.
3) Don’t let Davis get any input on the first round of the draft. (Easier said than done, I know)
4) Tell John Marshall not to fear Davis. Construct a consistent defensive gameplan that best utilizes the young talent on this roster. (see victory over Philadelphia as best example)
5) Redevelop the run game. When three potential 1,000-yard rushers have such sub par years, something is awry. Of course injuries on the O-line factor in, but even with a healthy line the running game was mediocre at best.
As for Davis, there is but one condition he must adhere to if Cable remains in charge next season.
Give Cable all of 2010.
No more of these lame duck games that were played with Lane Kiffin. Either fire Cable now or let him coach the entire upcoming season.
Just know, Mr. Davis, that if you fire Cable he’ll be taking your fan base with him as he exits. Just like Cable, we’ll continue to support or beloved team, we’re just not going to do it at the benefit of the stubborn owner.
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