Tom Cable’s run as a head coach the first go around in the NFL ended like most who took the risk of coaching under the great Al Davis when Cable was replaced by Hue Jackson after being fired by the famously impatient Davis.
Now the offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks, Cable has once again found himself at home coaching the offensive line for a Seattle team that are favored to appear in the Super Bowl with an NFC Championship game at home against their NFC West rivals in San Francisco sitting between them and the big game.
Cable was rumored to be in the mix for an interview with the Detroit Lines prior to the team hiring former Colts coach Jim Caldwell, but those rumors turned into what was confirmed as a false report. However, Cable himself isn’t shying away from telling the media that he believes that one day he will get another chance to prove that he can be a head coach in this league.
Cable told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believes he’ll be an NFL head coach again.
“I think the shot will come,” Cable said Tuesday night. “I’ve been told that a number of times. . . . I’ll be a head coach again someday, just when the right owner and organization wants a tough style and a demanding style and discipline and all those things that go with it. . . . When that opportunity comes, I’ll be ready for it, and we’ll be successful.”
Cable does have an 8-8 season under his resume, one in which the Raiders went 6-0 in the AFC West for the only time in the history of the franchise. Still not many head coaches get pulled from coaching the offensive line to coaching the entire team like Cable did in Oakland where he was given his big break. A lack of results did him in at the end of the day, missing the playoffs during that 8-8 season where the team just needed a respectable out of division record to get the job done.
Now Cable is by all accounts thriving back as an offensive line coach in Seattle, a place where assistants get a lot of interviews for head coaching/coordinator jobs. Cable has experience doing both in college and has his Raiders experience to round out his qualifications. Will he get another chance to be a head coach? That remains to be seen and his success in Seattle may help distract from his 17-27 record while in Oakland, but it just seems like Cable is more of an assistant which is why things are working out for him with the Seahawks.