The writing is on the wall. Multiple outlets are reporting that Al Davis will fire Tom Cable and begin yet another search for a head coach.
David White of the Chronicle put together a succinct list of reasons both for and against keeping Cable while Paul Gutierrez of the Sac Bee went on the record last Friday saying this came down to Davis choosing JaMarcus Russell over Cable.
No matter who you believe in this matter, the real losers are the players and the fans once again.
Cable has gained a lot of respect around the NFL during his short tenure in Oakland. He’ll land on his feet soon enough.
Davis is still the be-all end-all of the Oakland Raiders. No matter how much worse his franchise gets, he’ll still collect from sparse ticket sales and revenue sharing.
We, the loyal followers of the Silver and Black, are once again left scratching our heads.
When will Davis finally see the error in his ways?
Cable might not be a visionary coach, but he’s a player’s coach. Not the Dennis Erickson type, mind you. Cable is a straight shooter and a risk taker. The kind of coach you might not like but you sure do respect.
We might not have liked all of his decisions, but we certainly respected the position Cable was in with the ever watchful eye of Davis peering over his shoulder.
If Cable’s dismissal comes to fruition, expect another drawn out coaching search to ensue as Davis pieces together his staff prior to hiring his next puppet. We’ve been here too many times and I’m afraid we haven’t yet seen the end of this hellish carousel ride.
Among the speculations are a few names that surfaced last year such as Kevin Gilbride and Mark Trestman. A new name in the mix is Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.
No matter who ends up being the coach in 2010, even if it is Cable who gets another chance, we all know who is really going to be calling the shots. Which begs the question: Why don’t you coach this team, Mr. Davis? Hire a GM and bring your jumpsuit to the sideline. We know you won’t do either of those. It’s just too easy to sit on high and criticize others for not doing your bidding.
On the other hand, trying to motivate JaMarcus Russell is a very difficult task. Just ask Cable.
Good luck, Mr. Davis. For our sake, I just hope that Cable doesn’t become the next former Raider coach to stick it to us on Sundays. I’ve had about all I can take from Chucky, Shanahan and Turner.
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