It’s never too early to start campaigning and now is the right time. With his Oakland Raiders within a half game of first place and having completed a perfect first lap around the AFC West, Tom Cable is setting himself up nicely to be honored as the NFL’s coach of the year.
Cable has already got Peter King’s vote and if this were San Diego you’d see a lot more people jumping on the bandwagon. But since this is Raider territory, where bandwagons are much a figment as JaMarcus Russell’s work ethic, there is only enough room for those that were on board from day one.
Sure, there have been plenty of bumps in the road and this season is very far from over. Some of those bumps – like Randy Hanson’s jaw – Cable created for himself. Others – like that ESPN witch hunt – were out of Cable’s control. All along, Cable has kept a steady hand on the wheel, sticking to his guns and remaining steadfast in the face of adversity. His hard work and dedication are finally paying off.
Again, it is far too early for a victory lap but any die hard member of Raider Nation will tell you that the difference in this team’s play has been remarkable. Overcoming injuries, controversy and a perpetually rotating door at the QB position all speak volumes to what Cable has been able to endure yet still get the most out of his players. Hue Jackson shares some of that success as well and let’s not forget John Marshall who may have performed the greatest miracle of all – shoring up the run defense.
Exorcising the demons of the last seven years has been Cable’s specialty. From running Chucky out of the NFL to ending the Chargers’ reign of dominance, Coach Cable is a modern day miracle worker. Not so coincidentally enough, the day Al Davis announced Tom Cable as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders came exactly forty years to the day John Madden was hired to the same position.
Now, nobody is calling Cable the next Madden. He’ll have to put another Lombardi in the collection before that kind of crazy talk can be taken seriously. But if this team makes the playoffs then it should be a slam dunk for Coach of the Year honors.