By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 5:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.
When is a coach not a coach?
When he’s working for free and not under contract.
That’s the situation Tom Cable still finds himself in today.
The stories are on point in that Cable is expected to be the head coach. Even Cable expects it, although he has declined comment since the Raiders’ season-ending press conference.
Problem is, until Cable signs a contract which says he is the coach, then he isn’t the coach. Which means that if Al Davis is struck by a sudden inspiration that someone else should be the coach, he can act upon that impulse.
There’s very little chance of that happening, but as much as everyone involved would like this to be over with, it’s up to the Raiders to have Cable put pen to paper and appear at a press conference.
Other items of note:
– Paul Hackett will be announced as the Raiders quarterbacks coach. He’s an excellent addition in that he is a better teacher of quarterbacks than anyone the Raiders had on staff last season, with all due respect to Lane Kiffin, Greg Knapp and John DeFilippo.
(Cable’s contributions were more of aggressiveness and mindset, rather than footwork and technical aspects of the game).
You can bet Hackett took plenty of mental notes watching JaMarcus Russell last year as an advance scout. It was one of the strangest things about the ’08 Raiders, watching Hackett walk laps around the facility as the Raiders warmed up for practice, and be uninvolved in the development of the future of the franchise.
– John Marshall is scheduled to meet with the Raiders tonight and should merit serious consideration for defensive coordinator.
Marshall had the run of the defense working under offensive coaches Dan Henning in Atlanta, Steve Mariucci in San Francisco and Mike Holmgren in Seattle. But he also has worked under a George Seifert in Carolina, a noted control freak who wanted things done a certain way.
– The hiring of Dwaine Board, Marshall’s defensive line coach in Seattle and also a former 49ers assistant, was made official on the club’s Web site.
– Young Lance is getting some bad ink in the SEC, where he made less than a stellar impression crowing about how much money Tennessee spent in putting together a coaching staff, with columnists portraying him as a spoiled child.
Kiffin remains confident as ever. He even named his newborn son “Monte Knox Kiffin” and will call him “Knox.” After Knoxville, I presume. If Kiffin gets canned in Tennessee, I assume the toddler will have to get used to being called “Monte.”
– In Tuesday’s on-line chat, Anthony asked if the Raiders still got the extra minicamp allotted to a new coach if Cable had his interim tag removed. According to NFL Director of Football Information Vince Casey, the answer is yes. If Cable is hired, the Raiders can have the extra minicamp if they desire.