Cable gets character reference _ from Kiffin


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • raidertbone

    The one difference between Al and Dan Snyder is the fact that Dan doesn’t wage war with everyone … he just spends the money and moves on. He doesn’t care about the Skins — they’re just his play toy. Al, I believe, cares deeply about the Raiders … he’s just like the old man who loves to eat, but ends up getting more food on his shirt than in his mouth … very sad.

  • raidertbone

    Jim Fassell would just be another Bill Callahan!

  • raidertbone

    Hey, there is a guy we could lure out of retirement to coach … someone who lives down in Tampa and has close ties to John Gruden — BRING BACK WAYNE FONTES!

  • centurionWR87

    I didn’t realise Snyder was that bad… I wish someone would just tell Al to stop going for speed alone in the draft. It’d be nice to have some quality football players!

  • GG

    Raidertbone said:-
    Al, I believe, cares deeply about the Raiders … he’s just like the old man who loves to eat, but ends up getting more food on his shirt than in his mouth


    That’s a pretty good analogy. Btw, nice posts in this blog by you from what i’ve read by you. Actually, many great posters here. You guys are hilarious and very smart.

  • raidertbone

    Oh, and Rich Kotite is also available (when he’s not doing commercials for AmeriTrade!)

  • raidertbone

    Dan Snyder is THE most hated sports figure in all of D.C. right now; there’s even an active campaign to “Fire Snyder”. Silly, deluded little fans!

  • hwnrdr

    Well, since Al Davis isn’t gooing anywhere…what are our options?

  • centurionWR87

    Also what are people’s thoughts on signing Chris Chambers??

    Would surely be a great addition and take a lot of pressure off DHB/Murphy/Watkins

  • centurionWR87

    There arn’t any options without power…Al Davis has that power…

  • raidertbone

    # centurionWR87 Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Also what are people’s thoughts on signing Chris Chambers??

    Would surely be a great addition and take a lot of pressure off DHB/Murphy/Watkins

    Read post #24

  • raidertbone

    Get your facts straight … J Russ did NOT hold out for 70 million jelly donuts … it was 7 tons of etoufee!

  • centurionWR87

    Fair play, I agree with most of that… Frye and Gradkowski should compete def and throw 15-20 passes a game and we should lean on the run and the defence

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    DT42 Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 5:51 am
    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.

    Duh 💡 How could anyone ❓ develop a rookie QB 😳 who held out the entire training camp for 70 million jelly donuts 😆

  • raidertbone

    Sorry, I meant Trolls, not DT42 — don’t ask me why my comment precedes yours (I guess I’m just psychic or something!)

  • mexican raider

    There is really any chance we bring Gruden back???.
    Right Now i feel like its our only chance to succed in the next decade.

  • I don’t want Gruden! Bring in Del Rio & Gilbride. Make Gilbride the HC, and let Del Rio be the DC.

  • LA to TheBay

    In his office, the Supreme Commander of the Silver & Black welcomes a familiar face.

    Al: Jon, I need you. The greatness of the Raiders lies in the future. We have several young, very talented players like JaMarcus Russell and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

    Gruden: I don’t know Al, Snyder’s willing to give me 4 mil a year and full control of football operations.

    Al: Snyder? That snake? He knows nothing of football. 1 mil a year and you get to call plays on offense — but none of that West Coast nonsense. Here, just brush the dust off of that. That’s Sid Gillman’s playbook. It’s gold.

    Gruden: Uh, Al — that’s nowhere near what I could get in Washington.

    Al: Yes, but you get to return to the Team of the Decades, the greatest franchise in all of sports — the Los Angeles Raiders!

    Gruden: You drive a hard bargain old man. Done.

    Suddenly, the room starts to spin like a psychedelic trip and everything goes black.

    Al Davis wakes up in a cold sweat in his bed.

    Al: Dammit, it was all a dream.

    Lying next to him, Al’s bedmate tells him to go back to sleep.

    Al: Shut up, Herrera! By the way, I need to be changed.

  • Gilbride has a lot of exp as a coach in the NFL and in calling plays. I like what he does with the Giants, from rotation of RBs & WRs, and getting them all involved as early as possible.

    Fire Cable!!!
    Hire Gilbride as a HC, and Del Rio as the DC! Del should be fired by the end of this season. He is still young and needs time to learn more about being a HC, and having to supervise everything was too much for him, and I think he can be a great DC for us.

  • los raiders de don rober

    Gilbride is not touching the Raiduhs… Before hiring the obese carreer position coach as HC we had to lure a 30 year old assistant coach from college into the position. Nobody wants to work under Al, simple as that.

  • Roch R

    For those of us that watched the Monday night game…

    The Raiders, specifically the recievers need to go out and buy the “mouthpieces” the Saints are using.

    Use the bye week to go shopping Mr. Lal, hook up your WR corp with those mouthpieces that expand flexibility. I don’t know exactly how it works, but you can’t argue with the success of the Saints. Do whatever it takes to make our team better.

  • Al has Art Shell on speed dial.

  • LMAO @ #76.

    Later Gents, it’s time for school!

  • alisgod

    20 yrs ago I backhanded my ex-wife in the car during an argument. I was sorry for it and we have become best friends even after we divorced and moved on with new spouses. I guess that makes me a wife beater too? We all have things 20 yrs ago we wish we can do over.

    I think it is BS that media is running Tom out of town. If Tom is fired for not producing, then I have no problem with that. But assassinate him as a person and basically blacklist him in the nfl for the rest of his life is pure BS.

    Leonard Little killed a mother over DUI and he still played in this league. Another receiver killed a man while doing DUI last year and he got a couple of months. Where’s the outrage?

  • raidertbone

    It’s the year 2025 and the Raiders are playing in a playoff game against the Los Angeles Cardinals (don’t ask!). Let’s send it down to the field to our broadcast team — former Raiders QB Rich Gannon and former Raiderette Taffy McLean (fictitious name, btw).
    Rich: Well Taffy, it’s been a long time since the Raiders have been in the playoffs.
    Taffy: That’s right, Rich — it’s been 30 years!
    Rich: Actually, only 24, but who’s counting?
    Taffy: It appears that Head Coach Justin Fargas has really got the guys ready today!
    Rich: Yeah, two of the players just knocked a whole in the side wall of Pepsi/Ameritrade/Hooters/Burger King/General Motors Stadium, and one of the linebackers just bit the head off a chicken … kind of like the throwback days of the 1970s.
    Taffy: I wasn’t even alive then.
    Rich: I don’t think ANYONE was … oh wait, there were a couple of guys —
    (Rich then points up to the Press Box)
    A 95-year old man, wearing a white jumpsuit, stained with food, surveys the action. He clutches a picture of John Madden, and is drinking whiskey with Kenny Stabler. The two old men clink their glasses and celebrate the return of Excellence to the Oakland sports world.

  • new englandraider

    hey dakota, hear about pau?????

  • Once a wife-beater always a wife-beater Alisgod.

    Guess we now know why you side with the Wife Beating Buffoon.

    Did it take a lot of courage to hit a woman Alisgod? Or was she 400 lbs and you were just defending yourself?

  • DT42


    See Michael Crabtree? You see some organizations send playbooks and game film to players that are holding out. Some coaches stay in contact with players while they are dealing with the business of football so they can hit the ground running when they do sign.

    Also Lance had an entire offseason to develop JRuss. But he spent all of his time updating his resume and crying about what he didn’t have. So what was Kiffin right about? His job is to develop talent that is on the team. He failed. He never developed any talent when he was at USC either. And he never did anything to help the Raiders. His fault for taking a job he was not ready for, Al’s fault for bringing him in.

  • doriangray

    and why yall hate cable so much? hes a true raider ,. i love cable. its not his fault he got hired. 🙁 i would take the job ratt noww!! hell id probably sukk as the raiders coach too. but id love every minute of it. and at the press conference when al fires me. id moon the media with the words SCREW RAIDERO & DAKOTA written on my azz.

  • raidertbone

    This is exactly what happens when you don’t take your medications!

  • Chris in NY


    Del Rio? Gilbride? Shoot me now.

    What has Del Rio ever done as a head coach to inspire confidence? He’s been to the playoffs twice in 6 years (0-2 in the posteason) and isn’t going back in this, his 7th season. The Jags were 5-11 last year. They just lost to the 0-6 Titans and should have lost to the putrid Rams a few weeks back but pulled it out in OT.

    Gilbride has a 6-16 career NFL head coaching record (Cable is 6-14). The Giants have been floundering lately despite having a lot of weapons on offense. I can’t tell you how many times he calls a 40 yard passing play on 3rd and 1 despite having a 265 pound running back and another excellent, tough back in Bradshaw.

    To me it’s between Fassel and Gruden. Gruden would be an obviously great choice. I don’t think anyone would complain about that one. But it’s probably not likely Al will go that route.

    Fassel is 58-53 as an NFL head coach. He coached a Kerry Collins-QB’d team to the Super Bowl this decade. He was the NFL Coach of the Year in his first season in NY in 1997. His teams were no worse than 7-9 until his final season when they were really destroyed with injuries. He resurrected Collins’ career. He mentored John Elway, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms. He also discovered Sean Payton and John Fox as they were his offensive and defensive coordinators in NY. He has also worked in Oakland before (QB coach in 1995). He has the personality to get along with Al and he wants the job. This is the kind of coach we need.

  • mexican raider

    At this point. I think its Gruden or Bust again (and for another 10 years)!!!!

  • raidertbone

    # new englandraider Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 8:51 am

    sittin in my chair watchin the TV. its not even on, but there’s plenty for me to SEE. cuz i just LIT some crazy a$$ SHYT that my boy overnight mailed to ME. im fuggin WASTED its the best weed ive ever TASTED i think they fuggin LACED it

    OMG, it’s Snoop Raider Ice Dogg! What ‘up Nengider?
    Sounds like your doin’ fine … pass summa dat weed over to th’ Cable man — he need to be relaxin’!

  • new englandraider

    man i would love to have gruden back here

  • doriangray

    and i beat up my ex a couple of times. but she had such a foul mouth. man she was sexy tho… tom cable personofies wut we love. how can u hate him when u idiots love the old raiders lamonica and lyle alzado ..etc. a coach should punch guys. heck!! cable is a tough sum b i t c h .

    uhh. is dat how u spell personofy ? who cares,? i got more pressing issues to worry bout. like my porn addiction. did yall hear that anna malle was dead ?

  • new englandraider

    raiderbontbone came over so i packed him a PIPE i said you better go easy with this shyt but he didnt believe the HYPE. he sparked 3 bowls just to show he could TAKE IT two minutes later he was with brien the genital and both were butt NAKED. they’re fuggin WASTED its the best weed they ever TASTED

  • LA to TheBay

    Raidertbone, LMAO.

    Chris, I think Fassell would be a good move. He’s definitely a QB’s coach. A lot of QBs have said how he helped them in their progressions and especially mechanics.

    The guy sent a hand written letter to Davis asking to be hired.

    Strange that an accomplished NFL head coach actually WANTS the job.

    Of course, in an offseason where there are more qualified candidates than in recent memory, Al will probably f that up too.

  • jhill

    its not his fault he got hired. i would take the job ratt noww!! hell id probably sukk as the raiders coach too. but id love every minute of it. and at the press conference when al fires me. id moon the media



  • raidertbone

    Gruden is a hot property right now; he’s going to go to the highest bidder — that would be either Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones (probably the former). Even if that weren’t the case, he wouldn’t come back to Oakland unless it was as a GM — now the question is: would the old man relinquish the control and allow that to happen?
    I would say no, right now, but we can keep hoping … in any case, he’s already been the HC in Oakland once, and I don’t think his ego would allow him to come back in that same capacity (following in the footsteps of Cable and Kiffin) … count on that!

  • doriangray

    man who hasnt beat up a girl at least once ? i hope raiders dont draft taylor mays. we better draft dez bryant

  • raidertbone

    Sorry guys — gotta break for lunch (on the East Coast). Then, I have important business — I’ve got to finish blowtorching the nads off my D’Angelo Hall voodoo doll … followed by Randy Moss, Derrick Burgess, and “Lance” (actually, I think I’ll just cut his off completely!)

  • new englandraider

    yeah, nothing wrong with knocking a chix dick loose

  • Chris in NY

    I’ve heard that Shanahan to Washington is virtually a done deal. I’m sure Jerry Jones would be interested in Gruden but the Cowboys are playing pretty well right now and Phillips could actually hang on there.

    Everything I’ve heard from Gruden regarding the Raiders has been positive and generally defending the organization from media cohorts mocking them. That tells me he’s trying to keep that door open. And the guy is a showman. He likes the spotlight. There would be no more attention-grabbing story for him personally than returning to Oakland.

    If the money is right, I think Gruden would come back to Oakland. Would Al be on board with that is the bigger question. I’m sure Al doesn’t want to get pushed to the background in terms of credit if the Raiders turn it around, and that would probably happen if the Raiders turned it around under Gruden. But how many double-digit loss seasons can we/he endure as well? He can always claim credit for discovering Gruden in the first place and making him the youngest HC in the league at the time.

  • new englandraider

    raidertbone blew a hit into my pet birds FACE. the bird laughed hysterically and started to moonwalk all over the PLACE. he tripped over the toaster wire and feel on his BEEK he looked at the two of us and he started to SPEAK.”im fuggin WASTED its the best shyt ive ever TASTED I think they fuggin LACED IT cuz im so damn LAMBASTED

  • Chris in NY

    Someone suggested Boise State’s Chris Petersen as another possibility as our next HC. I kind of like that idea. I know college coaches making the leap to the NFL have been kind of spotty, but I think Petersen is a real solid coach. He’s very creative on offense and reminds me a lot of Urban Meyer in terms of Xs and Os genius when Meyer was at Utah.

    Although you’d have to wonder if Petersen, 43-4 at Boise State, would take the job. He’s a made man at Boise and I’m sure he’ll be on the short list of candidates for any big-time BCS school job openings in the future.

    How bad would things be for the Raiders if they couldn’t get the coach of Boise State University to take the job?

  • Ghost to the Post

    How about this. We have 8 games left. Give 2 starts to Frye, give 2 starts Gradikowski, and 2 more to Jamarcus. The person that plays the best in their two starts get the remaining two games. It’s not like were going to the playoffs and we might as well see what we have here already. No sense in cutting two guys next year without seeing them. And it might make Jamarcus feel like he has to really try. Thoughts?

  • LA to TheBay

    If Al gets Gruden to win with his prized draft picks and Gruden coaches them up and gets them producing, he can take all the credit.

    Resistance to the WCO and Al’s ego would be major factors in preventing this reunion from happening.

  • raidermexico

    Long reader from Mexico and a big raider fan since 76. We have to remember that Al still have the eye on young coaches, remember when he praised Sean Payton and Wisenhaunt, the same with Gilbreath right now. The problem is no big assistant will come to the raiders unless Al gives up some power, we must undestand that the only option will be a second string HC, but the problem is, who will be willing to came here and coach with AD in full power. Unless that change, we must be strong and have a lot of pepto and koolaid for sundays.

  • Dirty30

    “Unless that change(s), we must be strong and have a lot of pepto and koolaid for sundays.”

    LMAO! Raidermexico, that was hilarious! Some of the comments on these articles are almost as hilarious as the replies on the ProFootballTalk (PFT) site.

    I have a good idea! Why not merely pour the entire bottle of Pepto DIRECTLY into the Koolaid?

    As I am typing this right now, I am STILL chortling to myself…

  • morilla

    Trust Kiffin. Look at his prediction on drafting JaBrisketButt. A bust.