One thing Tom Cable is not short on is confidence. Sure, he might have a career winning percentage only Rod Marinelli would envy but there is little doubt that Cable’s confidence is fueling a quiet resurgence in the Raider organization.
Something else you won’t find in Cable’s personality profile is shyness. Just to drive the point home, the third year head coach has his team wearing shirts with bold proclamations plastered across the front.
Shirts reading “We Are Going to Win the AFC West” are being worn by the Raiders in camp this week. The shirts also state that the next step is to “then Go to the Super Bowl”.
One step at a time, Coach Cable.
While winning the AFC West is a distinct possibility, it will require a couple things happening that haven’t occurred since Rich Gannon was actually welcome in Oakland.
For one, the Silver and Black will need to win at least 9 games in order to have a realistic shot at the AFC West crown. As we know all too well, it’s been 7 years since this team has won more than 5 games in the regular season. Next would be beating the San Diego Chargers. No need to recap how long it’s been since the bandwagon fans in Diego have tasted defeat at the hands of their NoCal rivals. Put it this was, Philip Rivers doesn’t know what it’s like to lose to the Raiders.
All of the aforementioned topics are very realistic.
As for getting to the Super Bowl, well, nothing is impossible. But that certainly has some long odds.
For now I’ll settle for a playoff appearance and a Philip Rivers sweep.
Of course if Cable really wants to go out on a limb, he’ll have personalized t-shirts for his team. Just imagine Darren McFadden donning a shirt reading “I Will Stay Healthy” or Darrius Heyward-Bey sporting a “I Will Average at Last $2-million per Reception”. Coaches not excluded, Hue Jackson could throw on a “Our Offense Will Out Score the Oakland A’s” and John Marshall should wear the team mantra across his chest “Stop the Run”.
Keep it up, Cable. The haters will laugh now but that is only to stop from crying once the pain comes September 12th.