Here we go again. Right around this time last year there were numerous reports that Tom Cable was going to be fired. Well…new year, same story.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Raiders are “unlikely” to retain Cable for next season. Funny, wasn’t it Schefter that ran this same story one year ago after a miserable 5-11 season?
After going a perfect 6-0 in the AFC West and leading the Silver and Black to their best record since going to the Super Bowl in ’02 we’re now being led to believe the Cable is getting canned over his QB flip flopping?
Look, I’ll be the first to agree that Cable had no business sticking with Bruce Gradkowski and that Jell-O arm. Cable clung to his security blanket until it cost him any chance of the playoffs thanks to a miserable showing against the Miami Dolphins. But I find it hard to believe that is reason alone to can the most successful coach in the East Bay since Jon Gruden.
Not even Al Davis is that foolish…right? Ok, I already know the answer to that question. Still, this is like eating a Sloppy Joe 5 minutes before going to bed – hard to digest.
Most every man in the Raider locker room has gone to bat for Cable. They did so last year when these rumors surfaced and for go measure many of them started to beat that same drum before this season ended.
Now, we’re all familiar with the rumors of Al’s Viagra reaction to Hue Jackson. Most have pegged Jackson as a likely candidate for a head coaching gig whether it be as Cable’s replacement or as a new hire for a soon to be open slot elsewhere. However, I just can’t see Hue being the difference maker needed to take this team to the next level.
Sure, Cable has his shortcomings. More often than not he had his team ready to go for the big games but failed to deliver in some of the lesser contests. Isn’t that part of the learning process for a man that inherits his first NFL head coaching gig?
Whatever the case, expect plenty of this talk to continue in the coming weeks. Cable has a payday coming January 18th if he’s still got the head coach title attached to his name. So until then we’ll just have to deal with more of the same ol’ same ol’. These reports were as wrong as Sarah Plain in a Spelling Bee last year so who’s to believe it will be any different this year. We’ll just have to wait and see as nobody but Al himself knows what goes on behind those closed doors in Alameda.