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Cable on chopping block? Probably not

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 1st, 2009 at 9:26 am in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Mistabrown

    Jhill thanks for coming to your senses. FYI stats are for losers.

    XL on the sweater, right ?

  • Florida Pete

    when i post, i wnat my schit at the bottom…

    Florida Pete Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:35 pm
    okay… gameday !!!!

    yeah, baby…

    okay… my list… here we go…

    RAIDER OBJECTIVES:

    1. don’t embarrass yourselves

    2. don’t embarrass your families

    3. don’t embarrass the city of oakland

    4. don’t embarrass your fans

    5. don’t embarrass me

    i know i’m asking too much…

    but what the hell…

  • BS Detector

    93% of Mistabrown’s posts contain a comment about Oakglenn or BHP.

    Someone needs to take a long look in the mirror. Nice life or maybe it’s love?

    Either way, dude needs help, his obsession signifies a touch of mental illness if not more.

  • Roch R

    When you look at Al Davis, and his a career as a whole no one can argue that he is one of the great men of football. He’s been instrumental in the shaping of what the NFL is today.

    However it seems Al Davis has fallen victim to the classic problem with the greats, staying too long and tarnishing their legacy.

    Al Davis is just like Jordan with the Washington Wizards.

    But I wonder does Al have anyone that will pull him back, sit him down and help him see, that he is one of the greatest football minds of all time, but that time has passed.

    Regardless of the rest of the players in this on going soap opera, Al is the man, and it’s been his decisions and directions that have led us here. Yes you can recover from some of the mistakes, and yes he has also made some great moves, but right now the Raiders are seriously hamstrung by some key personnel mistakes, and sooner or later Al needs to let go.

    Even Stienbrenner has Cashman. It makes me wonder if Al thought Kiffin was going to be his Brian Cashman, or Theo Epstein?

    The Raiders need to heal, need to recover from some significant blunders. Al it’s time to bring in a hired gun and let that person run with it. The Raiders will always be Al Davis’s Raiders, but this team needs more than you and a O-Line coach can bring to the table.

  • Mistabrown

    See Raiders4eve you mentioned OakGlendas name and he logged in as BS Detector!!!

    lmao @ 93%! Only Cables wife OakGlenda makes those kind of statements!

  • BS Detector

    Mista

    I am neither one of your lovers, just making an observation about how EVERY TIME I read posts here, there you are OBSESSING about Oakglenn, even when he is clearly not here.

    You need to check yourself bro, your little school girl crush is becoming more than that. Seek help before it is too late.

    Pretty convenient for you to accuse me of being the source of dimentia, but you couldn’t be more wrong.

    I happen to agree with you that Oakglenn is a fairy (see my previous posts for proof) but I choose to maybe mention once or twice. Not EVERY DAY FOR OVER A YEAR!

    Am I wrong? Nope, the answers are littered in EVERY SINGLE BLOG THAT IS EVER POSTED HERE!

  • Mistabrown

    Lefty it was you that said DHB looked GREAT after a pre-season game where he had ZERO…..thats a 0 catches. Six weeks in he barely has 5 catches if that!!! He still looking great eh Lefty ?

    How you doing Lefty?

  • BS Detector

    Mistabrown Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    #108

    Yes Bs Detector is OakGlenda.
    ===============================
    Nope, keep grasping at straws mental patient.

  • Mistabrown

    #108

    Yes Bs Detector is OakGlenda.

  • 17 Bob Trey O

    #113- No kidding.

  • Mistabrown

    BS, breakdown my post today if 93% are about OakGlenda (you) I will delete my account and never comeback in here again..

    Better yet if 50% i’ll leave.

    Go Ahead break it down for me give my the post #’s or STFU sociopath!

  • lefty12

    i said it and i still believe he was doing what they were asking in that game,but,no,he has been disappointing.i thought he’d be much better than he has been,but you really can’t judge the guy because of the QB he has been playing with.you also can’t call him a bust after 7 games when everyone knew he was more of a project than a ‘ready’ WR.and he has been getting open,it isn’t his fault he hasn’t been getting many thrown his way.also,ALL WRs drop balls,especially young ones who are pressing.

  • BS Detector

    Mistabrown Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    #108

    Yes Bs Detector is OakGlenda.
    ===============================
    It is also VERY TELLING that you have now attached a female name to Oakglenn. It is easier for your subconscious to accept this kind of obsession over a MAN! You NEED HELP.

  • raidermarty

    C’mon RAIDERS let’s win today!!!!!!!!!! Hold onto the ball JaMarcus!!!!!!!!

  • 17 Bob Trey O

    Never wanted Baltimore to win so much…

  • BS Detector

    Mistabrown Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    BS, breakdown my post today if 93% are about OakGlenda (you) I will delete my account and never comeback in here again..

    Better yet if 50% i’ll leave.

    Go Ahead break it down for me give my the post #’s or STFU sociopath!
    ——————————
    Let me get this straight, you post about the same man continually, every day for over a year, yet I am the sociopath?

    You are DEEEEEP in denial my friend.

  • BS Detector

    Mista

    The signs are all there bro, you are the one demonstrating obsessive behavior, I am just making observations about your obsessive behavior. It is so easy to see, at least from the outside in. You are clearly too deep to see it.

  • 504 Raider

    LMFAO!

    Cutler and Rob Ryan jawing after each other after Cutler turned it over on downs. Ryan yells out a big fat Eff You to Cutler and the commentators go “whhooaa.”

  • Raiders4eve

    BS

    U must be Oakglenn. Mista challenged u to prove him wrong n as usual just like the typical faag Oakglenn, u divert the question with another, SIMPLE either get ur facts right or stop typing BS. Prove it u moron.

    U can’t cause u Oakglenn faag.

  • Richochet

    BS is definitely the slapped on tool, OakGlenn..guaranteed.

    BS shows up? And just starts following me around, for no apparent reason? lol..I mean, one thread he posted 4 posts in a row, directed to me..JUST LIKE OAKDORK DOES.

    Can you be any freaking sadder than being reduced to cross posting? Means your sorryass is owned.

  • BS Detector

    Raiders4eve Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    BS

    U must be Oakglenn. Mista challenged u to prove him wrong n as usual just like the typical faag Oakglenn, u divert the question with another, SIMPLE either get ur facts right or stop typing BS. Prove it u moron.

    U can’t cause u Oakglenn faag.
    ——————————
    You aren’t very bright are you?

    Believe what you will, I know who I am. Some people choose to live in ignorance over knowledge. Youe choice, not mine.

  • Raiders4eve

    BS

    Why you care so much about Oakglenn, did u date him Castro or u must be his sugar daddy ?

    Hope u get straight

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Mista

    No offense but I kind of agree with BS. You do talk about OG all the time, it’s a little much.

    Maybe it’s time to let it go?

  • BS Detector

    Raiders4eve is CLEARLY Mistabrown

    Like I said, not very bright are you? LMFAO!

  • Raiders4eve

    BS

    Bright? Lol. I am bright enough to prove u wrong. U said 93%, old boy checked u out n u can’t prove it, so why talk when u can’t back it up? Keep my name out your mouth faag, I don’t swing your way, that’s Priest ur bf Oakglenn.

  • BS Detector

    Mista

    Are you going to attach a female name to me now too? hahahahahaha

    Please continue to think I am Oakglenn, dude clearly has you barking at shadows. Your ignorance makes me laugh.

  • Mistabrown

    BS Detector ONLY comes in to defend OakGlenda and the ironic thing is he calls himself A BS Detector…lmao @ the irony!

    Oakglenda its so obviously you Bs Detector I’m not going to even debate it.

  • Raiders4eve

    Hope JR gets benched

  • Mistabrown

    Dogg came in to get his bff back…lmao

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Pull his azz out of the GAME!

  • Raiders4eve

    Raiderdogg

    everyone talks abt Oakglenn n Priest, they are the only two pathetic fans who keep saying dumb things, they r faags, r u one?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    ONce again….run the f’n football…and throw short…

    Always trying to “cut it loose”

    WE DONT HAVE THE QB TO CUT IT LOOSE YOU IDIOT

  • IndianaRaider

    lol, don’t tell me you guys didnt expect it coming.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    SOMETIMES I WANT TO JUST CHUCK THIS TEAM AND STOP FOLLOWING THEM

  • cheap college tuition

    Bench him.. He does not have it. dumb throws.

  • Raiders4eve

    Game on. Bench JR, Go Raiders !!!!!!!

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    that was a bad pick but not 1st throw his 1st throw was miller lol the only good thing is the pick isnt on his 1st throw

  • Roch R

    Not usually a big Fargas fan, but the Raiders need a heartbeat today, I’m hopin Fargas gets the start and has one of those amazing games he’s capable of.

  • lefty12

    Bush started-got 1st two carries.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Raiders4eve Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    Raiderdogg

    everyone talks abt Oakglenn n Priest, they are the only two pathetic fans who keep saying dumb things, they r faags, r u one?
    ===================================
    Is this even real? How old are you bro?

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    I’m out, the intelligence level of this place is too far below sea level for me.

    Enjoy the game

  • GForce21

    Cable bumaye?

    Looks like chargers bumaye

  • Raiders4eve

    Go Bush pound it down roid heads

  • 504 Raider

    We celebrating a Kick Return 8 yds beyond a touchback. This game is over!

  • Mistabrown

    Cable starts Fargas and Bush sits. Hows that pip hand Cable did you slap a HO last night ?

  • Mistabrown

    Nice overthrow JaMarshmallow!!!!!!!!!!!!

    POS !

  • Raiders4eve

    Here we go, again JR backers proven wrong.
    Jhill where u at lol…..

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Cable bumaye!

  • Roch R

    ufck.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!