By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 7:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Which of the following discussions was more likely to occur when Al Davis and Tom Cable met Thursday night?
Clarification: There is no confirmation that Davis and Cable ever met, although both were in the building.
A) A second job interview of sorts, how Cable will make sure the Raiders contend next season in the AFC West. Issue of JaMarcus Russell tabled until Friday.
B) A serious talk about how to resurrect Russell as a prospect, and a plan of attack of how to get it accomplished. No talk of a change.
C) The beginning of a protracted evaluation of Cable’s performance as the head coach, from play-calling, to use of personnel and potential changes in the 2010 staff.
D) The start of a process in which Davis details the reasons for Cable’s dismissal and attempts to get him to resign rather than have to face the Randy Hanson and domestic violence issues in an arbitration hearing should he be fired “for cause.”
E) Taking a moment to go over the pile of anti-Lane Kiffin clips piled on Davis’ desk as the owner gets some national respect for correctly identifying his former coach as a “flat-out liar.”
OK, probably some combination of the above . . . except for the Kiffin thing. I’m sure he has the clips, doubt he’ll bring it up with Cable.
Traded e-mails with someone I respect who understands the ways of the Raiders and floated the idea that if Cable and Davis were to meet Friday, it would have to be a good sign for Cable. Was advised not to think in conventional terms and not to assume anything.