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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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  • BS Detector

    Mistabrown Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:23 pm
    Cable starts Fargas and Bush sits. Hows that pip hand Cable did you slap a HO last night ?
    ===================================
    hey idiot, try watching the game. Bush got the start fool.

  • Mistabrown

    Ok all you JaDumbell supporters lets blame that on the O-line or our rookie WR’s!

    Black Moses is GRABAGE…………period!!!

    The end

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Cable bumaye!!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    SO I GUESS THESE RANK LOSERS AREN’T GOING TO COMPETE AGAIN

  • BS Detector

    Mistabrown Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    Ok all you JaDumbell supporters lets blame that on the O-line or our rookie WR’s!

    Black Moses is GRABAGE…………period!!!

    The end
    —————————
    Yes he is grabage and you are so samrt.

  • cheap college tuition

    Jerry. This blog sucks. You are losing visitors by the truck load

  • BS Detector

    the end

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I HATE THIS TEAM SOMETIMES..I REALLY HATE THIS TEAM SOMETIMES

    BUNCH OF LOSERS

    I HATE THIS TEAM SOMETIMES

    WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME

    BENCH THAT LOSER FROM ALABAMA

  • Mistabrown

    Ok JaDumbell back on the field.

    0-7

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Cable bu ma ye!!!

  • Raiders4eve

    Wow Game over

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    RANK QUITTERS

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    LOSERS

  • http://atm Raider O

    FU Cable!!!!!

  • BS Detector

    nothing but haters thriving in here

    enjoy wallowing in your own sh1t cockroachs!

  • lefty12

    btw,the bomb they completed we were playing cover 2.just wanted all the experts to know.

  • El Tato

    We can’t compete

  • 504 Raider

    It was the WR’s parents fault. They should have been 7 footers so their child would grow to be almost 8 feet tall. Had the receiver been 8 foot he woulda had that. So you know, that’s not my fault.

    Russell.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I AM CLOSE TO BAILING NATION….GETTING CLOSE

    I CAN’T STAND WATCHING LOSERS

  • El Tato

    We are losing 0-7 in 3 minutes after we had the ball first

    We let them to score a TD in 2 plays

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I HATE THIS TEAM

  • El Tato

    We are losing 0-7 in 3 minutes after we had the ball first

    We let them to score a TD in 2 plays.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    lefty12 Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    btw,the bomb they completed we were playing cover 2.just wanted all the experts to know.
    =====================================================
    So what….everything this franchise once represented is no more……what a bunch of losers

  • Mistabrown

    JaBiscuitsandGravy will follow up his INT with a pocket presence IQ of -1,000,000,000 fumble.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    well….let’s see if they have any class

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Cable bumaye

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    why is that ……still in the game

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    murphy fell

  • http://atm Raider O

    Fire Cable!!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I REALLY DON’T CARE ANYMORE WHAT THEY DID 25 YRS AGO.

    If they lay an egg here….

  • djohnnyg

    Link to this disaster anyone pleae?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Lefty,

    Your team is not even professional.

    A bunch of quitters.

    I am so sick of this shhhhh

    When will this team develop a backbone

  • http://www.cuntnation.com jupe

    bench JaGenious now, not later

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    more undisciplined shhhhhhh

    Folks…this not even professional

  • Raiders4eve

    How many ints will JR throw, 3 or 4, fumbles 2 or 3?
    Cable bench that bust, Frye or Grad or even Bush at QB I don’t care anyone but Jr.

  • Mistabrown

    BS Detector Says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Anyone with half a brain can see that Jamarcus Russell is a bonafide franchise Q.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    BRandon Myers!

    First NFL catch

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I am watching the Vikings game

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I will follow this RAider game through you guys

  • Mistabrown

    Another fine throw by JaMeatloaf, clearly the fault of the O-line.

    3 & out

    lmao

  • Raiders4eve

    This is hard to see, how can Al Davis watch week in week out a bum QB?

  • El Tato

    Every deep pass is overthrown

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    jamarcus has been bad but how could the announcer ask who he was throwing too when he threw right where murphy fell and as im typing he misses miller

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    This is the 1st week I start to ween myself off this shhhhhhhh…..

  • lefty12

    and every short pass is under thrown.

  • JB

    Here we go again! Bench his sorry ass before it’s too late to come back.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Let me know when Gradkowski is in…oh nevermind…he’s garbage too.

    As for free agent QBs in 2010…

    Marc Bulger
    Rex Grossman

    Those are my two favorites.

    The Raiders can’t develop a QB. The organization is to inept for such a worthy endeavor…Plus they’ve never done it before

    back to retreads like aaron brooks

    Can’t I see them at least compete

  • Mistabrown

    C Johnson is turning into D Hall before our very eyes.

  • El Tato

    Look for us to play a new QB in 2010: any interesting FA available or another rookie?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    El Tato Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:43 pm
    2010 FA QB’s – Not much there

    Jake Delhomme, Jason Campbell, Josh McCown, Jon Kitna, Tarvaris Jackson, Brodie Croyle, Kellen Clemmens
    =====================================================
    Trade for Bulger, Grossman or Clemmens