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Cable stakes his claim

Raider Nation, Cable’s your guy.

There is simply no other conclusion Al Davis can reach than to remove the “interim” from the job title of Tom Cable and make him the head coach of the Raiders for 2009 and beyond.

All Cable did was step in to the most impossible job situation in the NFL and deliver the hope of real progress in the last two games of a lost season.

A 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Raymond James Stadium was the most rousing Raiders sendoff since 1999, when they embarked on a three-year run of AFC West titles with a 41-38 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

It so happens that the coach that day, Jon Gruden, so jubilant at the Chiefs demise at Arrowhead, was the one who walked off the field Sunday with the knowledge that his team lost four straight games to end the season and is out of the playoffs at 9-7.

That Chiefs game happens to be the only time since the Raiders came back from Los Angeles in 1995 that they won a game after Dec. 1 outside of the state of California.

To put it mildly, the Raiders have gone into a turtle position in the season’s final month, which makes what Cable has done all the more impressive.

Considering the mess Cable walked in to, a disaster which former coach Lane Kiffin and Davis share equal blame, he couldn’t have done much more.

After back-to-back losses to San Diego and New England, Cable may have been the only one who believed it when he insisted he saw progress. It’s hard not to believe him now.

When the clock ticked to zero against the Bucs, Cable thrust his arms into the air in victory. Right next to him was unrestricted free agent Nnamdi Asomugha, doing the same thing.

It’s worth noting that Asomugha has seen nothing like the last two weeks since he joined the Raiders in 2003, the start of their six-year demise. Punter Shane Lechler, who played a key role keeping the Bucs in bad field position, surely saw a difference as well.

If Davis makes Cable the head coach, Asomugha, all but out the door mentally and looking for a way to force a trade if franchised, may suddenly want to stay on and enjoy the ride. It could give Lechler second thoughts as well.

If Davis picks anyone else, it’s simply another change _ one coming after back-to-back games the likes of which haven’t been seen since the AFC championship game season in 2002.

Neither Bill Callahan in Year 2, Norv Turner, Art Shell or Kiffin ever had teams which were more resilient and tough for eight consecutive quarters of football.

Cable promised to be a “no excuses” coach, and it was never more evident than in beating Tampa Bay.

Asomugha was inactive with a neck injury, leaving Stanford Routt as the starter along with Chris Johnson and return specialist Justin Miller as the third corner.

Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden came into the game injured and couldn’t finish.

So what happened?

Michael Bush, who has been reluctant to embrace playing fullback, went out and made his case for being a tailback with a 177-yard, 27-carry, 2 touchdown performance that carred him to exhaustion and beyond.

Perhaps the most important reason to keep Cable is that under his watch, JaMarcus Russell validated his No. 1 pick status in the last two games of the season.

Think back to the day Kiffin was given the boot via overhead projector, and Davis saying that he thought Russell was a special player who needed to be turned loose.

With Cable has head coach, Russell grew up in his last two games. First was a nearly flawless performance in a 27-16 win over a Houston team on a four-game winning streak.

The win over Tampa Bay brought with it a different lesson. Russell survived a big interception, returned 85 yards by Sabby Piscatelli, that led to a Bucs touchdown and a 24-14 lead.

He brought the Raiders right back, with the help of a 43-yard pass interference penalty engineered on a halfback option pass call made by Cable.

I talked with one player this week in casual conversation who was making a case for Cable staying on, in part because of his ability to keep the team together “after Lane quit on us.”

I’m guessing the postgame locker room will have no shortage of Cable supporters. I’m also guessing he’s got one back home named Al Davis, watching on television.

Davis usually takes his time with these things, but if he’s smart, he’ll satisfy the Rooney Rule in short order and make Cable his coach.

More to come later this afternoon . . .

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • DSM Raider

    I’d love to see Mike Nolan make the drive over and be our next DC. He might not be a good head coach, but the guy knows D.

    As for a draft pick, we’ll be picking either 7th or 8th.

    Curious to see what happens with regards to the O line now. If Cable leaves, does the Zone leave with him? If so, who goes, who stays?

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    No you havent newbie stop your lying. I yelled it longer than anyone when it was obvious Walker, and Curry were slow as shyt in training camp and the fact that we signed Lelie you knew the WR were in trouble. As far as Henderson 90% on this site said he sucks and I knew better

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    unknown Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 5:28 pm
    Your still a tool brian

    Notice your name? Sums up anything good you have done in your entire life

  • john madden

    …you can NEVER have too many GOOD running backs….just look at the teams that didn’t…i rest my case….you keep fargas/bush/mcfadden…all of them!

  • Ryan

    Isn’t Kwame a free agent? He won’t be back.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    I’m still a tool but yet the most drastic changes predicted by myself and a few other good minds show a better Raider squad. If I’m a so called tool then I wonder what lower excrement you are

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    john madden Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 5:30 pm
    …you can NEVER have too many GOOD running backs….just look at the teams that didn’t…i rest my case….you keep fargas/bush/mcfadden…all of them!

    Also never heard anyone say crack is good but I think you got some good crack if you wanna keep all three

  • Noshadowking

    Didnt say you werent yelling for the wr change longer than anyone. Just said some other folks said it as well. You seem to be confrontational for no reason though so Ill just refrain from responding to anything you write from now on. Its pretty retarded to argue with another fan when all fans want one thing and thats to watch their teams win

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Del Rio can come and coach here. He is a bay area guy and a tough MF.

  • DT 42

    Cable has a young team that is willing to fight for him, he has the potential to grow as a coach. Get some people that want to be here (staff and players) and not use Oakland as a stepping stone and ’09 is interesting. I hope he stays. It says a lot about him that he kept the team together and didn’t lose this locker room. i remember Al commenting that Cable could hold this locker room together. I also remember a lot of people saying Al was a fool to go with Cable as the interim coach. He and his team did a great job today. Great job O line. I told you guys 2 weeks ago that Cregg leaving for Tenn. would bring this offense together and it did. Now we can put that chapter behind us and actually look forward to the draft and next season. I hope that this is a turning point and the bleeding has finally stopped for the franchise.

  • 909raiderlifer

    NORCO BOOB…..

    Hey punk. Where you at bitch.

    I’m still here little man.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Noshadowking Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 5:32 pm
    Didnt say you werent yelling for the wr change longer than anyone. Just said some other folks said it as well. You seem to be confrontational for no reason though so Ill just refrain from responding to anything you write from now on. Its pretty retarded to argue with another fan when all fans want one thing and thats to watch their teams win

    Yeah I agree just shut up punk and put your apron back on

  • unknown

    Brien ur like a woman on the rag, chill out. All u do is complain.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    DT42 also remember Al not knowing who the fock Cable was?

  • http://mikesblogmarketingtips.com Mikey D

    Hey Brian,

    Read.

    I said DMAC and MB, the featured RB’s. Obviously, the 1-2 punch at RB

    Which would make Fargas the 3rd string backup.

    Sheesh.

  • GRIM

    new post

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    unknown Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 5:34 pm
    Brien ur like a woman on the rag, chill out. All u do is complain.

    Words from another bitch

  • DT 42

    Del Rio has a huge buyout clause and they just axed the GM up there giving him a lot of power within that team. Cable is the best avail. candidate.

  • Maclinfor#1

    who do you guys hate more the chargers or broncos? I hate the charders the most. Lt rivers and merriman I really can’t stand.

  • Ryan

    If Cable leaves, I think the zone, for the most part, leaves with him. I could see the Raiders putting some kind of hybrid zone/power blocking. I think Dmac does better with a power blocking scheme (ala the Vickings) and Bush does better with the zone (ala Denver).

    Maybe pick up a good LG and move Gallery to RT…

    (Just thinking out loud)

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Mikey D, what would be the point having him at 3rd string? Get something for him now. Come on genius

  • Sharpe

    Knapp is useless, Rathman teaches tenacity, wish he’d stay. Wade might know defense but he’s not a Raider.

  • Maclinfor#1

    naw ryan… gallery needs to stay at guard because he hasn’t had any problems, He needs the stability.

  • unknown

    Brian your the one doing all the bitching…..

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Rathman is a 49er………therefore useless

  • 909raiderlifer

    Brien…..

    Where is that punk ass, NORCO BOOB.

    It is personal between that punk and me.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzz you guys are bitching because I tell the truth about Cable still being an idiot

  • Sharpe

    I hate SD, the donkies even more.

  • kirk

    It took this team 16 weeks and multiple injuries to figure out who should be starting. Henderson, Higgins, Bush, Chris Johnson, etc..should have been starting since the beginning of the season. Davis needs to start building the Raiders thru the draft instead of signing other people’s rejects. It’s not 1972 anymore.

  • http://www.cock.com SilverNblack666

    Brien are you still on Scholarship?

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    909, you guys are two grown men I’ll leave that between yall lol. Bob is more than likely drunk as fock…….thats just my guess

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    666 damn right I’m on it like Cable

  • http://mikesblogmarketingtips.com Mikey D

    Brian,

    It don’t take a genius to know that you’re not going to much of anything in trade value for him, being as injury prone as he is.

  • http://www.cock.com SilverNblack666

    When is Shannon Sharpe going to learn how to talk I can never understand what he is saying…..some 2 year old’s can talk better than he can.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    kirk Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 5:41 pm
    It took this team 16 weeks and multiple injuries to figure out who should be starting. Henderson, Higgins, Bush, Chris Johnson, etc..should have been starting since the beginning of the season. Davis needs to start building the Raiders thru the draft instead of signing other people’s rejects. It’s not 1972 anymore.

    Exactly, we need to trade the trash and get players here and not sign top FA’s anymore. It just aint working. Al can still look like a genius if he hires a GM and lets the GM pick the coach and players

  • http://www.cock.com SilverNblack666

    Al Davis put himself on Scholarship so there is no way we can trade him.

  • edward teach

    DT… Del Rio’s buyout means nothing if he’s fired. Also, I was speaking of him as our next DC; I think Cable’s going to get the HC job.

    They run a 4-3 in Jacksonville, too, I’m pretty sure?

  • Sharpe

    I totally agree Kirk, have been saying that all along. I knew DeAngelo, Kwame, and Javon were grave errors fron the beginning. Lots of money to recoup…1 down, 2 too go.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Mikey, I disagree based on Schilens,Scott,Bush,O’neal(hope he gets healthy), and Richardson being 2nd day picks. Farglass can go for a 5th trust that

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    666- Al is my guy and all but man he gotta let it go now. A GM and a capable coach needs to be here

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    edward teach Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 5:44 pm
    DT… Del Rio’s buyout means nothing if he’s fired. Also, I was speaking of him as our next DC; I think Cable’s going to get the HC job.

    They run a 4-3 in Jacksonville, too, I’m pretty sure?

    If its Cable we better get a damn good QB coach and a great DC cuz Cable isnt the brightest but he does have guts

  • darkknight01

    FINALLY they freakin give Bush the ball!

    I have been saying he should be getting carries for the past 4 weeks and Cable has ignored him.

    Al Davis needs to hire Jim Harbuagh as HC and keep Cable as O-Line coach/assistant head coach or maybe even O coordinator. The same playbook and terminology needs to be used so it won’t screw with the O-Line and Russells development. Rathman should be kept as RB coach and so should Lofton as WR coach. Keep Schneider as special teams coach. Harbaugh has not signed an extension with Stanford yet. Harbaugh knows what it takes to succeed as an NFL QB and can teach Russell what it takes to succeed as an NFL QB.

    A GM/personnel man needs to be hired and Rob Ryan needs to be let go! He continually gets out schemed by inner division opponents and he doesn’t blitz enough and his run defenses suck. A fresh voice and disciplined tactician and play caller needs to be hired.

    We need to add a LT or RT to strengthen the line. Need a WR who can get consistent seperation and run good routes. A MLB who knows how to play against the run….and another DT/DE who is strong is needed.

    Sign Namdi to an extension and tag Lechler.

    I hear that Cable will be kept on in some capacity.

    The best scenario is to hire Harbaugh and keep Cable as his assistant head coach/O-Line coach…maybe even Cable and Harbaugh can share play calling duties.

  • Noshadowking

    A good defensive coordinater is a must next year. Dont thing any of us can stand seeing Rob on the sideline any longer. Someone like Del Rio being available for the d coordinater would be the best thing we could ask for

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Rob Ryan makes me sick

  • darkknight01

    This offense has a a lot to look forward to as O’neal and Griffith come back next year.

    Just need to add another LT or RT and a WR who can consistently get separation.

    Add another MLB and DT/DE and hire a fresh voice as a defensive coordinator like Mike Waufle.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Al needs to hire a GM to find a capable coach. Keeping Cable means Al is still pushing the buttons and it wont lead us to the promise land

  • http://www.cock.com SilverNblack666

    Rob Ryan is the worst coach in the NFL he wont last long after we get rid of him he has been on Scholarship and its over.

  • Brien(The Young Guys huh?

    Oneal and Griffith wont be 100 pct. sorry guys but it takes two years to fully recover from major knee surgery

  • WV RAIDER 4EVER

    mays in the 1st ot in the 2nd n wr williams penn st in 3rd.

  • darkknight01

    No moving Gallery anywhere. He stays at LG and he becomes a pro bowler next year.