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Cable on chopping block? Probably not

There is speculation that Tom Cable’s job could be in danger should the Raiders suffer another blowout loss Sunday to the San Diego Chargers.

That’s all it is at this point _ speculation. A lot of it by fans, a few off-hand references in the media.

It seems reasonable enough. The Raiders are coming up on their bye week. Al Davis fired his coach, Lane Kiffin, last season at the bye week. The bye week presents an opportunity for the interim coach to at least begin to get up to speed for the Raiders’ post-bye game Nov. 15 at the Coliseum against Kansas City.

Cable is 6-13 as a head coach, slightly better than Kiffin’s 5-15, and his losses have been much more one-sided _ nine of them by three touchdowns or more.

The heat is off Cable in terms of prosecution for the assault alleged by Randy Hanson, although an NFL sanction (more likely a fine than suspension) is still a possibility. Now comes an ESPN Outside the LInes report aired Sunday morning which says Cable has a history of violence toward women.

Cable issued statements through the Associated Press conceding he struck his first wife “with an open hand” in 1989 and has regretted it ever since and challenged ESPN for never contacting him initially for comment.

I’ve heard Davis is unhappy with the whole Hanson affair, given that he gave Cable his big chance to be an NFL coach and then the organization had to deal with an unwanted distraction.

Never mind the fact that Davis is the one responsible for putting Hanson in the mix in the first place, and that other distractions over the years have also been a great deal of his own making. It’s doubtful he sees it that way. No telling what he thinks of this latest run of bad publicity. Coupled with another face-plant today, Davis could conceivably use it as “cause” for firing another coach.

That said, I don’t see Cable being an in-season casualty. There is some sentiment within the building that he’s been the best coach at dealing with the boss since Jon Gruden, although his team’s on-field performance has never approached what Gruden delivered.

Whatever disagreements Cable has had with Davis, or problems with personnel, he’s never leaked them to the media. He’s held firm to the philosophies of the owner on offense and defense, which he says he agrees with due to his lifelong love for the franchise.

Kiffin antagonized Davis at every turn, hoping to get fired. Cable espouses traditions, rivalries and the kind of history which plays well upstairs. He made his most risky move against the Jets, benching JaMarcus Russell and taking a subtle but evident hard line regarding his inadequacies in the loss. It’s a tightrope, to be sure, because Cable’s job is tied to Russell’s progress and no one believes Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye could step in and suddenly deliver victories.

Still, unless Cable takes a “him or me’ stance with Russell, and continues to try and build a team around him, he’s not going anywhere this season.

That doesn’t mean Cable has a free pass by any means. Only that he’s probably going to last the season. He could end up a dead man walking, much like the final weeks of the reigns of Bill Callahan, Art Shell and Norv Turner.

One thing’s for sure. Cable could really use a repeat of the kind of electricity the Raiders had on opening night against San Diego, this time followed by a win. And he needs to bag a few more wins along the way. Beating fellow lightweights such as the Chiefs, Redskins and Browns would be mandatory, coupled with a couple of unexpected victories along the way such as a high-profile Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys.

There’s also potential upsets against teams such as Pittsburgh, Denver and Baltimore.

Tall orders to be sure. After the Jets game, frankly, it looks next to impossible.

Cable got his chance in large measure because of two wins to close the season against Houston and Tampa Bay, and I’ll be the first to admit I thought winning those games earned him a shot at the job.

Davis apparently thought so as well, but closing with a rush over the last two games won’t count for nearly as much this time around if it is preceded by a few more lackluster one-sided losses.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    wow they call that but not the hold on miller

  • Dmac20

    I fn hate al davis, hate jamarcus , and am not to fond of dhb. It pains me to watch crabtree and then turn on the tv to see dhb.smh al has ruined this team to the point of no return. Yhe raiders could have had megatron and joe flacco but we’re stuck with jamarcus and heyward bey. tisk tisk. go ahed al and move to la because us oaklnad fans likely will not miss your torture.

  • JB

    Not impressed with Huff’s play either. A day late & $ short.

  • Raiders4eve

    Cable shows his trust on Jabust by running 3 times, yikes long day today

  • El Tato

    2010 FA QB’s – Not much there

    Jake Delhomme, Jason Campbell, Josh McCown, Jon Kitna, Tarvaris Jackson, Brodie Croyle, Kellen Clemmens

  • djohnnyg

    Is that pu$$y Schilens playing or is his little toe hurting him still?..Poor baby.

  • JB

    Let’s just play the rest of the game in Wildcat formation with JaBustus on the bench.

    I hate this Fukin wordPress – too quickly mt ASS!

  • lefty12

    16-i saw that on the replay also(holding on Miller).but the pass was thrown into TRIPLE coverage.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Why are we rushing with Fargas?!?!
    Where is Bush????

    Fire Cable!!!!! 3&5 and you run it with Fargas!!!

    Fire the Fat Monkey!!

  • Mistabrown

    Keep handing off to Fargas Cable you idiotic TWIT!!!!!!

    FIRE HIS A$$ AL!!!!

  • djohnnyg

    Anybody have a link to the game?

    Please?

  • Mistabrown

    FIRE him at half time AL. Show him whos PIMP HAND IS STRONG AL !!!

    Another 3 & out but at least no INT!

  • JB

    We’re the #1 team rating at 3 & out.

  • lefty12

    he runs Fargas because he is Avg over 4 yds a carry so far.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Mistabrown,

    This stinking pile of manure is all Davis’ fault..

    Perhaps he could do us all a favor and fire himself

  • JB

    Good reaction by CJ – not MeAngelo like as referenced earlier. Now it’s time for another 3
    & out.

  • Raiders4eve

    Let see if we can score

  • Mistabrown

    What else can Cable do if he lets JaDumbell throw the ball chances are its a fumble or Int!

    Having said that….FIRE HIS A$$ @ HALFTIME AL!

    # Raiders4eve Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Cable shows his trust on Jabust by running 3 times, yikes long day today

  • JB

    Keep it on the ground or end up bringing on the Polish cannon.

  • Mistabrown

    JB, are you kidding me? CJ has been getting torched all year and that ball was tipped right to him! Lets go ahead and give him the Willie Brown achievement award shall we?

  • Raiders4eve

    Jano time play calling is bad, why, cause we don’t have a QB 9 ints damn

  • JB

    As observed by the announcing group on TV, “it’s eighty degrees out herte & JaMarcus sits on the bench with a woolen cap on”. Maybe that’s because he’s brain-dead!

  • 504 Raider

    Crash Test Dummy for MVP!

  • lefty12

    its bad enough we suck,then we constantly get phucked by the officials.

  • JB

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    # Mistabrown Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    JB, are you kidding me? CJ has been getting torched all year and that ball was tipped right to him! Lets go ahead and give him the Willie Brown achievement award shall we?
    ******************

    I gave him credit for 1 play in which he did what he was supposed to do. That’s more than what were getting from most of the other players. The issuance of awards was not suggested by me.

  • Raiders4eve

    Cable should bumaye JR

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Ca ble bumaye bumaye!!

  • Raiders4eve

    WTF is asmough doing ???? Why doesn’t he shadow Jackson?

  • Raiders4eve

    I never seen a horrible QB like JR how can u over throw a open wrs 7 yards away from u?
    Cable punch JR please

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    If Mistabrown and BS detector keep up this love affair we will all have a wedding to go to. Then it will be Mr and Mrs Brown BS Detector