Cable needs Raiders to reverse AFC West woes


Many of you have had enough of the constant update (usually on the back end) of 30-86.

That represents, of course, the Raiders won-loss record over the past seven-plus seasons since the 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Believe it or not, there are even worse subsets of won-loss records than 30-86 and its .259 winning percentage.

The Raiders are fond of reminding everyone in their weekly press release that they are the last AFC West team to go to the Super Bowl as well as the only division team to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last five decades.

What they leave out, understandably, is that against the teams they want to beat the most, they’re faring much worse than they are against the rest of the league.

Against division opponents over the last seven seasons, the Raiders are 8-34, a .190 winning percentage.

It gets worse.

Over the last seven years, the Raiders are 2-19 against AFC West teams at home, an almost-impossible-to-fathom-in-an-age-of-parity percentage of .095.

One of those wins was a 34-31 win over San Diego in overtime on Sept. 28, 2003, after which Oakland began a 13-game losing streak to the Chargers which the Raiders hope to end Sunday at the Coliseum.

The only other AFC West win at the Coliseum since then was a 34-20 win over Denver in 2007.

The Raiders have won more times in division games at Arrowhead Stadium (three) and as many times at Mile High Stadium (twice) as they’ve won in Oakland since 2003.

Included on the home front are some of the lowest points in franchise history.

The 27-0 Week 1 humiliation against Chargers in Art Shell’s second debut, for instance.

Or the 41-14 loss to the Broncos in Oakland to open the 2008 season.

Each Tuesday during my on-line chats, the question of Tom Cable’s job security comes up (as well as in e-mails almost daily almost immediately.

My answer has been the same. Davis has only fired two coaches during the season _ Mike Shanahan in 1989 and Lane Kiffin in 2008. Both were regarded as insubordinate by Davis. Shanahan tried to fire Shell and other assistants without Davis’ consent. He hired them back and eventually fired Shanahan. The Kiffin dismissal is fresh enough that it needs no rehash.

Both times it happened following a loss against a division opponent in a home game. Shanahan fell 24-20 to the Seattle Seahawks (they moved to the NFC West in 2002) and was dumped at 1-3. Kiffin lost 28-18 to the San Diego Chargers and walked the plank at 1-3.

Cable hasn’t been insubordinate, but a non-competitive loss to a San Diego team that extends its win streak against the Raiders to 14 games ought to make him awfully uncomfortable at 1-4.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m going to do my part for the Breast Cancer awareness week, and drink this Pink Lemonade Vodka.

  • Thec07

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    TSCOTT is so irrelevant I forgot about him. WTF is he a LB or DE…..or neither?


    Neither, he is a “pass rush specialist”…

  • Mistabr0wn

    Thec who was that DE that put a knee into the family jewels of a player and then we released him and he went to the Panthers?

    That is TSCOTT!

  • Mistabr0wn

    JFB, way to announce drinking womens drink on game day!

  • Thec07

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:34 am
    Thec who was that DE that put a knee into the family jewels of a player and then we released him and he went to the Panthers?

    That is TSCOTT!



  • I’m tired of officials taking TDs away from Calvin Johnson. I need his fantasy points.

  • Just Fire Baby


    It’s a warm-up, I will be sailing the seas with my man Mr. Morgan by kickoff.

  • Tyler Brayton was the player who kneed the Seahawk in the groin.

  • fat kidd

    cable out jt the brick in

  • Mistabr0wn

    Who injurs a hammy today?
    Choices are:
    -Z Miller

  • Here is the video of Brayton:


  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Today will be the Michael Bush and Louis Murphy Show….book it!

    Now, can the defense stop somebody?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Chiefs D-Line taking it to Manning on successive snaps

  • Thec07


  • Just Fire Baby

    Peyton Manning with the same exact type of fumble as Bruce before the end of the first half last week.

    Sometimes the great ones make mistakes too.

  • Mistabr0wn

    AB, thanks!


  • Mistabr0wn

    Did Jerry forget its Sunday ?

  • I think the Chiefs are for realz.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Your 2010 Oakland Raiders:

    Darrius Heyward Jett
    Trevor Brayton
    Darnell Huff
    Louis Mickens
    Rolando Millen
    Tommy Long
    Lyle Seymour

  • 8RaiderReign8

    In the parking lot

    Seats at 127

    Hit me!

  • Mistabrown.

    WTF? is right… what in the wide world of sports is a goin on here?

    Archies middle son needs to step it up…

  • Guy

    scott is a 3-4 olb

  • djohnnyg

    Winners are winners. How can Tom Cable impart a “winning” attitude to his team when he himself comes from a history of losing?

    I see a problem of not knowing what it’s like to win.
    Lottery winners almost always regress to where they were before they won, because that’s what they know; that’s “who they are”. All Cable knows is losing. Cable couldn’t even win with Idaho, and he certainly hasn’t learned much about winning with Oakland.

    He’s very comfortable with losing. It’s who he is.

  • Plunketthead

    Your first round pick is starting to pay dividends.

    Opps calling that one back