The writing has been on the wall for some time now and not even a perfect lap around the AFC West could save Tom Cable. News broke tonight that the Oakland Raiders have declined to pickup Cable’s option meaning the most successful head coach to hit the East Bay since Jon Gruden is now gone.
The team issued the following statement.
The Oakland Raiders will not extend the contract of Tom Cable for the position of Head Coach.
Cable was informed that his contract would not be extended on Tuesday.
Cable, whose contract expired at the conclusion of the 2010 season, posted a 17-27 regular season record as Head Coach of the Raiders. He served as offensive line coach for the Raiders from 2007-September 30, 2008, when he was named interim head coach.
The Raiders express gratitude to Tom Cable for his contributions in his four seasons as an assistant and as Head Coach of the Silver and Black.
Now, all eyes shift towards Hue Jackson whom Al Davis has grown quite an affinity for. Since the season started it has been rumored that Davis had designs on canning Cable and sliding Jackson into his spot. Well…here we are.
Al, I hope you know what you’re doing. Nobody confused Cable with Madden but when compared to Bill Callahan, Lane Kiffin and Art Shell he looks a lot like Lombardi.
Maybe it was Cable’s man crush on Bruce Gradkowski that ultimately cost him his job. Perhaps it was the fact that he routinely did things his way against the ill-advised wishes of Davis. Whatever the case Davis has broken new ground in his coaching carousel. For the first time in this recent decade of demise, Davis has dismissed a coach for actually improving the team.
Al, you’d better be right on this one. If Raider Nation is forced to sit through another seven years of aimless rebuilding then you could be facing the greatest loss of all – your loyal fan base.