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Cable is coach when under contract

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.

“News” has begun to seep out through ESPN and the NFL Network that Cable is expected to be the Raiders head coach, which readers of this space have known for awhile now.

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.

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  • Hire Jim Fassel/Chris in NY

    That’s right, I think the QBs slied out of the top-9.

  • marshall

    I think OTs will go in this order:
    1 Eugene Monroe
    2 Jason Smith
    3 Andre Smith
    4 Michael Oher

    I highly doubt Detroit or KC go with a QB. The new GMs will not want to risk their reputations on questionable QBs.

  • LAto TheBay

    I haven’t seen much video on Heyward-Bey, maybe someone could enlighten us, but i don’t think the guy ever got more than 60 catches and never broke 1000. Despite his skills, it would seem if we go WR, we get a more experienced guy, as WRs usually take a few years to develop in this league anyway. Maclins only started for 2 seasons but was a workhorse and racked up ridiculous multipurpose yardage. Juaquin Iglesias got skills, but is he big enough at 6’0”to be our #1? crabtree obviosly has the numbers, but lets take him outta the equation, as it seems he goes to the seahawks.

    whos our guy?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Brigade

    If Crabtree is gone, we should not “settle” for some other crappy WR with the #7 overall pick, especially with all the great lineman available in this draft. There are plenty of fast and tall WR’s in this draft in the later rounds, much better than last year. If we wait until at least the 4th we could probably get:
    Brian Robiskie, Terry’s son Ohio St. product
    Demetrius Byrd, Jam’s old teammate at LSU
    Ramses Barden, 6′-6″ Cal Poly Grad! so high smarts
    Aaron Kelly
    Jaison Williams, 6′-5″ 240lbs 4.6secs
    Austin Collie, BYU’s all-star WR

  • darkknight01

    Brien the Great Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    darkknight01 Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    jeremy Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    darkknight,

    henderson was a 3rd rd pick and he dominated down the stretch

    ^^I wouldn’t say dominated but yeah he did well….but remember Henderson didn’t start right away or contribute right away either.

    I think Monroe can contribute right away.

    So not giving up sacks against marquee RDEs isnt dominant? I like to see your definition of it

    ^^I think he would be considered “dominant”, when starts becoming a better run blocker and when he does that over the course 6 games to a whole year compared to 4 games.

  • darkknight01

    Hire Jim Fassel/Chris in NY Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
    That’s right, I think the QBs slied out of the top-9.

    ^^They should slide out of teh top nine IMO…Stafford and Sanchez do not have big upside IMO….and but one of those two will most likely take a QB.

    They are almost forced to.

  • darkknight01

    BART Bridge Brigade Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 3:17 pm
    If Crabtree is gone, we should not “settle” for some other crappy WR with the #7 overall pick, especially with all the great lineman available in this draft. There are plenty of fast and tall WR’s in this draft in the later rounds, much better than last year. If we wait until at least the 4th we could probably get:
    Brian Robiskie, Terry’s son Ohio St. product
    Demetrius Byrd, Jam’s old teammate at LSU
    Ramses Barden, 6′-6″ Cal Poly Grad! so high smarts
    Aaron Kelly
    Jaison Williams, 6′-5″ 240lbs 4.6secs
    Austin Collie, BYU’s all-star WR

    ^^Thats what I’m saying also! Picking Maclin at #7 is not value IMO, because their is not that much separation between him and some of these other WR’s that can be picked in round 2 and later IMO.

    Patrick Turner should be thrown into your group up there as well. He is 6’4 220 and he runs good routes and has good hands and hasn’t even played his best footbal yet.

  • Demon Raider

    Scottish, I disagree with your thinking of drafting 3 OL and that there are no suitable FA OL this year…. I beg to differ. I am pretty high on OL’s Marvel Smith from Pit, Mark Tauscher from GB, and Khalif Barnes from JAX, Mike Goff SDand Stacy Andrews from CIN…. This draft should be mainly for improving the defense….

  • Demon Raider

    1- DE Brian Orakpo, Texas
    With this pick, we wouldn’t need to re-sign Derrick Burgess. Unless of course Burgess plays great cuz it’s a contract year. But I am solid on Trevor Scott too.

    2- DT Evander “Ziggy” Hood, Missouri
    Very good DT. I think that he could be a Pro Bowl DT within a few years.

    3- C Jonathon Luigs, Arkansas
    He is a very good C and he has the ability to even be a first year starter.

    4- MLB Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina
    He’ll be the Michael bush o 2009. A projected 1st round talent dropping all the way into the 4th due to injury. But he will be a very good MLB. Allow Oakland to Morrison to his more natural OLB position.

    5- No Pick :’(

    6- TE Bear Pascoe, Fresno State
    Not the fastest TE, but neither was Zach Miller when we drafted him. Bear has great hands and size at 6′4 258lbs. Better than Madsen, IMO. And he is a very good blocking TE as well.

    7- OT Eric Vanden Heuvel, Wisconsin
    Massive size, 6′7 320+ lbs. Could develop into a complimentary RT to Hendersons LT.

    Now this is a Real Man’s draft…

  • LAto theBay

    I (really) like your draft demon, but i think Al uses the first 2 picks to assist JR, unless its Jenkins. Than its 2 of the first 3 used to help JR.

  • darkknight01

    Demon Raider Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 3:41 pm
    Scottish, I disagree with your thinking of drafting 3 OL and that there are no suitable FA OL this year…. I beg to differ. I am pretty high on OL’s Marvel Smith from Pit, Mark Tauscher from GB, and Khalif Barnes from JAX, Mike Goff SDand Stacy Andrews from CIN…. This draft should be mainly for improving the defense….

    ^^Wanting solid FA O-Linmen and getting those FA O-Linemen is a whole different story. Especially when it comes to the crazy old man.

  • http://raiders Oakglenn

    # FIREKIFFIN Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    MR, 771 isn’t me.

    Stop saying “rule of thumb.”
    # La Milicia Negra Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    RaiderDogg Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    MaddenRaider

    I was a bit surprised to read your take on Kiffin
    _______________________________________________________

    it was Oakglenn trolling as MR…
    =================================================

    No, that was NOT me trolling as MR. Looks like the trolls are back here in earnest. Best way to avoid them is not call each other out, and concentrate on football related takes.

  • http://raiders Oakglenn

    # S&B – Nation Collective Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Mario Henderson is not the biggest problem on this team. Far from it. So why use a 1st round pick on a position that is not the biggest need? To me the biggest problems on this team relate to the following facts:

    31st ranked defense against the run
    32nd ranked passing offense, including the leading receiver having only 22 receptions

    Therefore the 1st round selection should go to shoring up the run or giving Russell a bonnafide target downfield.

    Raiders SHOULD go Defensive Tackle or Wide Receiver with the 1st pick.
    _____________________________________________________

    Now, this is an interesting observation. We had the 32nd ranked pass offense in the league. Dead Last. As a matter of fact there were probably half a dozen college programs that could have done a better job passing in the league than we did. There was one crazy stat, and don’t quote on this but we didn’t convert a 3rd and 10 or longer in like 3 months!! That’s ridiculous. So, what exactly does that mean??

    What that means is you most likely are going to have a bunch of 3 and outs, which we did, and our defense is going right back out onto the field. One corollary in all of this no one seems to talk about is our pass defense was not that bad. In fact it was not that bad at all. So, knowing we had a decent pass defense, teams were going to smash the rock at us, which is going to skew our run defense statistics. We had this same exact discussion last year. In reality our run defense was not the worst in the league. Denver, KC and Detroit were terrible run defending teams, much worst than us. The Raiders felt,and rightly so, the best way to improve the defense, was to improve the offense. Particularly the passing offense. Which is why they drafted Jamarcus, Zack, Mario, and JLH, with four of the first five picks last year, and McFadden and Shields last year.

    What do you need to have the kill kill passing offense?? Bona fide killer Q. Got one check. Kill protection, especially on the Q’s blind side. Hold on right there. We have a problem. Next?? Excellent targets. Gotta Fix the protection issue before you do anything else.

  • STFU

    Does Cable want to coach the Tard that is JaMarcus?

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