By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at 7:48 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders response to ESPN’s story claiming Tom Cable will be the coach in 2010?
We won’t say he’s staying, but we never said he was going.
The Raiders stand for a lot of things _ silver and black, pride and poise, commitment to excellence, great tailgates . . . but straight talk has never been one of them.
Let’s assume for a minute ESPN’s Adam Schefter (the false rumor mongerer) is right, just as he was as a member of the NFL Network claiming Art Shell would be fired (met initially by a Raiders denial).
This time, we’re talking about a coach the Raiders ostensibly want to keep.
Someone that, you know, they might want to get behind and support _ as they did Rob Ryan when reports surfaced about his imminent firing at the request of Lane Kiffin. (Kiffin was overruled by you-know-who).
Instead, more jabs and feints than Sugar Ray Leonard the first seven rounds against Marvin Hagler.
Cable’s not talking on the record. His agent, Don Yee, declined comment. A few players, eager to hear of Cable’s fate, aren’t returning phone calls.
Cable is expecting to attend the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., as the Raiders head coach, evaluating talent for next season.
For what it’s worth, here is the Raiders statement issued by senior executive John Herrera:
“We’ve never made any statements that the head coach would not be back. That has been media speculation from the beginning. We’ve consistently stated that we’re going through an evaluation process to determine the direction that the organization needs to go. The process is ongoing, and it has not reached a conclusion.”
Thanks for clearing that up.