By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 11:39 am in Oakland Raiders.
That didn’t take long. Apparently ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, as well as the Merc’s Tim Kawakami, are already speculating about Tom Cable’s demise should the Raiders follow up last week’s face plant with a loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams have lost 26 of 27 coming in. Raiders would be 0-2. Hue Jackson was Davis’ hand-picked choice for offensive coordinator. Al Davis fires a lot of coaches. Connect the dots.
I’d suggest Davis isn’t quick to move on in-season firings. It took Lane Kiffin an entire offseason of poking and prodding, a 41-14 loss to Denver in the opener, followed by insinuating Davis and Rob Ryan authored the Broncos game plan _ and finally a 76-yard field goal attempt three weeks later _ to get himself fired.
The other in-season firing was Mike Shanahan, who attempted to fire some of Al’s assistants, most notably Art Shell. Shell eventually got the job.
Cable is a lot of things, but insubordinate isn’t one of them.
One problem with the scenario is that if the Raiders lose to the Rams, Jackson’s offense would have to be pretty poor. So what would be the sense of elevating Jackson and giving him more responsibilities when it’s clear he hasn’t gotten a handle on how to fix the dearth of touchdowns?