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Cable gets character reference _ from Kiffin

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You’d think things couldn’t be going much worse for Raiders coach Tom Cable, given the Randy Hanson affair, a 2-6 record, a non-productive future of the franchise at quarterback, an ESPN story detailing a history of violence toward women and a club press release saying they’re going give a serious look at the allegations.

Never fear, Lane is here.

Lane Kiffin told Bay Area News Group-East Bay columnist Cam Inman that Cable deserves to keep his job at least through next season and seemed surprised by the ESPN story, calling Cable “a first class coach and a great person.”

This is the same Kiffin still involved in a process attempting to recover the remainder of his 2008 salary for being fired “with cause” and parlaying his ouster into a better gig at the University of Tennessee.

Kiffin’s support will either be a strike against Cable or have no impact at all. It surely isn’t going to help, although from the sound of it Kiffin would surely consider Cable for a job on his staff should he suddenly become available.

A link to Inman’s column is here.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • jhill

    I see you working young Lance!

    Need help down there in Tenn with your running game, huh?

  • Fire Cable!

  • Jhill,

    We are not all the same, and we all don’t have the same standards. How can we analyse JR without putting him in the right situation? I don’t consider a bad Oline, 2 Rookie WRs as starters, and bad play the Right Situation!!!!

    Fire Cable!

  • Jhill,

    Perception can be deceivng!

  • Free Palestine!!
    Equal distribution of Wealth in the USA!!
    Legalize it!!
    Fire Cable!!

  • M Lonetree

    Degradation as a way of life. Wow.

  • 24

    The sad part is…Kiffin was right about everything. I just wish he would have succeeded in overthrowing The Emperor but unfortunately, the force wasn’t strong enough within him.

  • NorthernD

    Cable was brought in to change the attitude on the team. To change the negative atmosphere into a positive one.
    Now get positive or he’ll punch you in the face.

  • JB

    Hire Gruden. Demote Cable back to OL coach. Bench JaBustus until his weight is 250# or below. And, after he has demonstrated that he’s learned the entire playbook. Additionally, in practice, he has to demonstrate accuracy & touch on all necessary passes. If he’s unable to do the above by the end of the season, cut him outright. If this happens, he’ll never play in the NFL again.

    Chucky, if given the HC position, will do 1 of 2 things: Make JR play to a level that is required of an NFL QB or get rid of this BUST and find someone else to do the job & then start winning games.

  • BS Detector

    Mistabrown Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Oakglen blah blah man crush obsess, JaBiscuitsandGravy, priestj blah blah obsess man crush, JaPotroast I think I am so clever JaGenius blah blah sukking oakglen off behind Chevron blah blah blah.

    Oakglenda man crush obsess, sociopathic demented, JaMeatloaf is GRABAGE blah Oakglenn. Priestj tits blah blah JaFrenchToast. Oakglenn you blah blah Fargas sucks blah Tommy Kelly’s beard blah blah priestj on the radio is so cool blah blah man crush obsess, all day every day for years blah blah Oakglen not bad blah blitz JaPotpie blah oakglenn tit. JaCondom.

    Infatuation Oakglen tit Chevron nice blah years of obsessesion blah blah JaSteaknPotatoes blah KoolKell is a racist bigot Oakglenn priestj tit. Obsess demented man crush blah Chevron, KoolKell the racist pig.

  • BS Detector

    Mistabrown Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Mmmmmm Tommy Kelly’s beard..oh yeah Oakglen blah blah blah…

  • El Dirty

    Haven’t stopped by for a while but I have been watching the team and have been reading the articles. Our Offense is Offensive. We Effin suck on O! No Wr’s not one of em is worth a crap right now! Why would u start 2 rookie wr’s? It makes no sense! Our O-line regressed to something I saw in the Art Shell part 2 era. No Running game! When we start saying Fargas is a stud then we know we have hit rock bottom. Don’t get me wrong props for running his ass off but still he is no starter. Jamarcus has no help and that includes him not helping himself . The boy doesn’t put the effort in to succeed in this league and there is no excuse for that in my book. Wake me up at 5 in the morning to get paid millions so I can be a QB in an NFL franchise (The best one in my opinion) So I can attempt to master my craft so I can audible if I see something in the D. HAS ANYONE SEEN HIM AUDIBLE? Does he know what he’s looking at out there? What is the point of having a QB coach if he won’t do anything to help his own mechanics? I damn near broke my house when I saw the first pick! He threw on his back foot again! WTF! UGH! ok needed to vent go Raiders! We lost the D already. Next half I hope gets better. They will play hard once Chaz gets back. If we error in that game the team will fold with Chaz or not. We need a GM.

  • Kiffin was contacted by the press, and is just blowing sunshine to avoid tarnishing his grievance case to recoup what Al owes him.

    I’ve got to tell you, what a week. Hearing all of the Raider fans supporting the abuse of women. The comments in blogs… about how one of the girls deserved it because he caught her cheating. Unreal. I think it tells us a lot about the character of hard core Raider fans anymore. What a disturbing sect of society.

  • “STATEMENT ABOUT ESPN

    ESPN’s role in this matter must be carefully examined. ESPN routinely disseminates falsehoods about the Raiders. During the last year, ESPN (working with someone who was in this organization) engaged in a calculated effort to distort the truth about the Raiders, utilizing lies and innuendo.”

    For example?

    (that’s what you’re supposed to ask at this point, Jerry. Kind of your job)

  • raidertbone

    Hopefully, Al can now do the right thing and send out a strong message to his team and to women everywhere — violence toward women is unacceptable! Cable’s credibility as a coach is gone, and he needs to be jettisoned from the team. #2 needs to be benched, and we desperately need a strong GM in place. That’s just for starters …

  • raidertbone

    If what Kiffin says is true and he would welcome Cable onto his staff, that would be just terrific — let’s just send him to Rocky Top, one of the highest ranked states in the country for spousal abuse — it all makes sense!

  • GG

    Hypothetically, if Al were to be eyeing Gruden as replacement HC this season, could he? I mean, what’s Gruden’s contract status with his media work? Is it a 1 year deal, does it give him an out if he lines up a coaching job? Or does he have to wait for 2010 or beyond?

  • raidertbone

    GG:
    Gruden has indicated that he will take a closer look at getting back into coaching at the end of this season. Likely frontrunners are the Redskins and Cowboys — the Skins are at the top of his list right now, according to several sources. Right now, it looks like we’re stuck with either Marshall or Tollner as our short-term possibilities.

  • 4evaRaider

    Good Morning NATION!!!

  • BlackSunday32

    Isn’t Gruden still getting paid for the Tampa job like 4 mill a year and he loses that if he coaches in the NFL before his contract is up. Watching the NYC Marathon made me wish Russell had to run it you hear when they said he was 260 no way that man is less than 280+.

  • BlackSunday32

    3 words Player-Coach-Fargas at least you could have pride in the Raiders again instead of we almost beat the garbage Chargers twice bs that is flowing through the Raiders.

  • 4evaRaider

    thats a great idea BlackSunday32…With his FIRE and DETERMINATION Fargas would make an Excellent coach,imo.Start him as a coach somewhere on the team and let him grow into a HC position.To bad he isnt HC now because there is NO WAY Jmac sleeps through a meeting!!!

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    Kiffen 😎 just gave Cable 😳 the kiss of death 😈

  • raidertbone

    Good morning Nation! The attitude certainly has to change — we need to get guys back from injury, we need receivers who can catch consistently, we need tacklers who wrap and FINISH and we need a QB who can lead (I have nothing against Jamarcus, other than the fact that he is NOT a true NFL QB — neither was Ryan Leaf).
    Above all else, Cable needs to go … h$ll, Al didn’t even want to introduce him at the hiring press conference last year! Insert an interim for now, and perform due diligence to get a GOOD coach into the Bay area next year. Let Frye and Gradkowski compete for the starting job, while Jamarcus rides the exercise bike on the sidelines.
    Pick up Chambers, and start Javon — make him either produce or blow out a knee and be done with him (sounds callous, I know, but that’s about where we’re at).
    Give up on the hopes of Gruden coming back … not going to happen.

  • raidertbone

    Let’s just line Janikowski up for a “free kick” — up JaMuckass’s ass! Maybe then he’ll learn how to read coverages — and maybe even start stepping into his throws every one in awhile!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!

  • DT42

    Ahhh the kiss of death from Lance. His war with Al Davis put this franchise back at least 5 years. 24, Lance wasn’t right about anything. Both he and Al Davis are to blame for many of the problems that this franchise have. Lances inability to develop JRuss as a rookie. (And please don’t tell me that Lance was powerless, if he can order up a 75yard FG attempt he can call out JRuss publicly for poor work ethic and not making a commitment to this team.) He used this team to get a college job. He was a nobody at USC. Sark brought him in as a OC candidtate and he charmed Al into a job, which i blame on Al as his role as a GM. Oh but at least we still have Lances legacy on staff. Sanjay Lal, WR’s coach was brought in by Lance. His claim to fame at USC was how well he stapled scouting reports and picked up the donuts for the morning meetings that JRuss sleeps thru.

  • raidertbone

    We have a lot to clean up! How many other teams do you think would have Sanjay Lal as a receivers coach? – PLEASE! I think Al’s hiring of Kiffin was as much a result of not being able to find anyone else who would take the job .. ditto for Cable. There are several people out there who haven’t gotten their shot as a head coach yet who I think would make a good, solid impression on a young and floundering team … how about Russ Grimm?

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S,HIRE GRUDEN BACK,,I GUESS D.U.I. IS BETTER THAN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

  • raidertbone

    I’m starting to make out my Christmas list:
    #1 – Ndamukong Suh
    #2 – Russell Okung
    #3 – Gerald McCoy
    #4 – Greg Hardy
    #5 – Terrence Cody
    #6 – Eric Berry
    #7 – Trent Williams
    #8 – Taylor Mays
    #9 – Rolando McClain
    #10 – Brian Bulaga
    (my wish list only goes that far, because we’ll be picking in the top ten again)

  • raidertbone

    I would love to have Gruden back … but he ain’t coming; he’ll probably end up over there with D’Angelo — collecting lots of money, but not very many wins!

  • I can see a great rivalry next year in the NFC: Cowboys coached by Shanahan vs Redskins coached by Gruden. Then I can root for injuries & firings.lol

  • raidertbone

    # RaiderTW Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I can see a great rivalry next year in the NFC: Cowboys coached by Shanahan vs Redskins coached by Gruden. Then I can root for injuries & firings.lol
    ___________________________________________

    Meanwhile, in the AFC West, fans will be getting fired up for the rivalry between two other coaching legends — Todd Haley and … Sanjay Lal?!!

  • raidertbone

    We have a first round pick in 2010; we gave up our first round pick in 2011.

  • centurionWR87

    Do we actually still have a first round draft pick? I thought we gave it up for seymour…

    I really don’t want to suggest this because he’s such a decent guy and player but… I think we should trade Asomugha for a first and second round pick and continue to bring in more players from the draft – are we actually going to use Asomugha properly (as a key player in a playoff team) – no… so let’s use his value – Anyways I think we can cope with Johnson and Routt for now – no where near as good – but good enough… – they seemed ok in that game where nnamdi was out..

    Thoughts?

  • centurionWR87

    Oh and I’m all for Gruden if Cable’s tenure here turns sour…!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING RAIDERTBONE, IF GRUDEN COULD NOT HELP IN WASHINGTON, WHY WOULD HE WORK OUT IN OAKLAND ?

  • raidertbone

    DIRT-LOT:
    You don’t understand how Dan Snyder works in Washington: he spends a lot of money to make a big “splash”, then meddles with the team to make all the decisions. Remember Steve Spurrier? Remember Marty? Remember Jeff George? Deion (past his prime) Time?
    The guy who really needs to leave town there is Vinny Cerrato … if Gruden goes to the Skins, as long as Sny-dee is the owner, he doesn’t stand a chance … don’t feel sorry for Chucky though, because he will make a TON of cash!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    CENTURIONWR87,SORT OF A CATCH-22, NnAMDI IS BEING WASTED ON A BAD TEAM, BUT THE RAIDER’S DRAFT RECORD LATELY HAS NOT BEEN GREAT EITHER.

  • hwnrdr

    I think Dirt Lot meant that Al is the same as what you described Dan Snyder as…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    RAIDERTBONE, WHAT ABOUT THE RAIDER’S OWNER ?

  • raidertbone

    DIRT-LOT:
    Face facts – Al ain’t going anywhere … in fact, I am now convinced that he will outlive us all!

  • jhill

    Mornin’ Gents!

    Gruden, Cowher, or Fisher get my vote.

    Del Rio for D Coordinator.

  • jhill

    The real question is who we bring in as a GM?

    That is a trip that Mangini’s hand picked GM already got fired.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    MY PIONT EXACTLY…

  • raidertbone

    Unfortunately, we already have a GM … same one we’ve had for almost 50 years. Maybe times are finally changing enough for the old man to finally relent!

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Jhill…Fisher as HC and Del Rio as DC…with the hope that there is no meddling, would be great…but probably the most far fetched!

  • centurionWR87

    Fisher!! He would be ace. Totally agree with you Dirt-Lot – We need a GM and we all know when that will happen…

  • centurionWR87

    Jim Fassell is rumoured to be a possibility btw…

  • raidertbone Says:
    DIRT-LOT:
    You don’t understand how Dan Snyder works in Washington: he spends a lot of money to make a big “splash”, then meddles with the team to make all the decisions
    … don’t feel sorry for Chucky though, because he will make a TON of cash!
    ——————–
    So he’s Al Davis who over pays his Head coach? He also gets better press & better Ref calls!