By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 4:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Tom Cable isn’t the only Raiders coach awaiting word of his status for the 2010 season, assuming he hasn’t been told and is just keeping it quiet for reasons known only to Al Davis.
As the college all-star games and NFL combine approaches, assistants will either be still working for the Raiders or networking for other jobs.
Earlier today, Profootballtalk.com, referring to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, reported Tuesday could be a key date since assistant coaches must be notifed whether or not they’ll be retained.
However, according to an NFL source, no such deadline exists for coaches under contract.
The Raiders don’t release information regarding the contracts of assistant coaches, but normally sign them to two-year deals. That being the case, six new coaches _ defensive coordinator John Marshall, linebackers coach Mike Haluchak, passing game coordinator Ted Tollner, defensive backs coach Lionel Washington and defensive line coach Dwaine Board _ are likely signed through next season.
Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal and tight ends coach Adam Henry were promoted from quality control assistants and are in their third year, as is running backs coach Kelly Skipper. Quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett is in his second season after being a special assignment scout last year.
For assistant coaches under contract who will not return to the staff, it’s common for teams to allow them to seek jobs elsewhere. If they don’t find work, the Raiders will often reassign them, as they did with James Lofton for a time last season.
It’s possible the Raiders could wait through the weekend or longer to sort it all out. It’s been 13 days since the end of the regular season. The longest a Raiders coach has gone and then been fired since the the team came back to Oakland was Joe Bugel, who was let go 16 days after the end of the season after going 4-12.