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Raiders players unanimous in support of bringing back coach Cable

A canvassing of the Raiders locker room Monday revealed unanimous support for coach Tom Cable coming back for a fourth season in his current capacity.

Cable replaced Lane Kiffin four games into the 2008 season as the interim coach. Managing general partner Al Davis removed the interim tag after the 2008 season and entusted the Raiders fortune to Cable, who was the Raiders offensive line coach in 2007 and the first four games of the ’08 season.

The Raiders went 4-8 under Cable in 2008, 5-11 last season and are at 7-8 this season. Already, the Raiders have won more games this season than they did in any of the previous seven campaigns. To a man, Raiders players say Davis needs to exercise the option he holds on Cable’s contract.

“It would be a huge setback,” punter Shane Lechler said. “We’ve invested so much of our time and there’s been so much commitment starting from the day he took over. Not only this year. He had a plan. The plan is working. It would be a terrible disappointment if there was a change because he’s the guy for this job. This job is for a blue-collar, hard-nosed coach. That’s what we need.”

Lechler is playing for his sixth coach since he arrived in Oakland in 2000 — Jon Gruden, Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Kiffin and Cable. He said he’s tired of hearing from new coaches who promise change and fall short on the delivery part.

With Cable, the Raiders are making steady progress and headed in the right direction, Lechler said.

“You can’t have a flashy guy come in,” Lechler said. “I’ve heard it too many times. Every coach comes in, ‘Oh, I’m going to fix this. I’m going to turn this thing around.’ (B.S.). You can’t say that every time because people start calling your bluff. … Cable’s the hard-nosed, blue-collar guy that we need for this job.”

On it went, from one end of the locker room to the other, with player after player singing Cable’s praises and lobbying for his return. The support came from offensive, defensive and special teams players.

“Obviously, I don’t make that decision,” left guard Robert Gallery said. “I know this locker room wants that. We need that. We didn’t accomplish what we wanted to this year, going to the playoffs, but we definitely took a step forward from where we’ve been. He’s a big reason for that step.”

Tight end Zach Miller said that Cable has garnered the respect of the players because of his no-nonsense approach. Players know what to expect, where they stand and how things are going to be day in, day out.

“He tells it like it is,” Miller said. “He doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’s honest with us. He tells us exactly how things are, what he needs from us, how he wants us to work, how he wants us to keep grinding as a football team and keep getting better. He’s always been like that and he’s always motivated us to play as hard as we can every chance we get. You see that most of the time on the field. … The guys respect that. All the guys respect coach Cable for being like that.”

First-year Raiders linebacker Quentin Groves said he is impressed with the way Cable is in tune with his players’ needs and does more than pay lip service to looking out for their well being.

“We love him, man, and he’s a great guy to play for,” Groves said. “He’s a player’s coach, and I never knew what that was until I came here. He is really a player’s coach. He doesn’t beat your body down, he takes care of your body during the season. He is actually a player’s coach and I would hate to see him go.”

Cable said he hasn’t spoken with Davis about his long-term status. For now, his thoughts are centered on the Chiefs game.

“I haven’t even thought about it yet because of what we’ve been trying to do here in the last month,” Cable said. “It’s really been probably the furthest thing from my mind. As we get done with the season, we’ll have a couple, two- or three-week period there here, it will be time for all that. But right now, I just want to concentrate on trying to win that eighth game and seeing if we can go 6-0 in the division. So, in all fairness to that question or situation, I just haven’t thought about it yet.”

Cable doesn’t sound like a man worried about his job security, though he admits he wants to stick around for at least another season.

“I’m good at what I do,” Cable said. “So I’m going to coach football. That’s just what I do. In terms of being here and all that, I know that I want to coach this football team. But that’s for after the season, in terms of how it’s discussed and when it’s discussed.”

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  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    First, STOP THE DAMN RUN!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Who are you and where is Jerry?

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    It would be a terrible disappointment if there was a change because he’s the guy for this job. This job is for a blue-collar, hard-nosed Al’s spy slappin’ coach. That’s what we need.”

  • Just Fire Baby

    I could have sworn Mistic1 told us Cable lost the lockerroom.

  • crister

    Man, ever time I see cable, I want to tell him about my troublesome toilet and ask him if he can fix it. But, there’s no denying it that the team has looked better this year than in years past. Being relevant especially after the recent past feels really good. Baby steps…

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    He said he’s tired of hearing from new coaches who promise change and fall short on the delivery part.
    ———-
    HHEEEYYY. O told us not to get political!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMAO TW.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Singletary was fire and his record as HC was 18-22.
    Cable should stay with 16-27 record!!!!??????!!!!!

    You Suck!!! We want Jerry!

  • http://atm Raider O

    16-27?!?!?!?!

    Fire The Fat Monkey!!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Well, with the Raiders, you have to give two takes:

    1) As long as Al’s in charge, we might as well stick with Cable. The improvement Cable has brought in this system is off the charts compared to his predecessors.

    2) If Al’s not GM…And you start from scratch to build a real SB team like a New England or New Orleans…Cable isn’t even on the long list.

  • BornInOakland

    Absolutely NO reason to dump Tom Cable. The Raiders are a better team and better lead through the staff (and that all starts with Cable) and you canot keep changing coaches every few years. Had Gruden been left intact the Raiders would have had at least one and maybe two Superbowl titles by now. Cable isn’t Gruden. But he isn’t better or worse, just different.

    Leave Tom Cable in and the Raiders will take a huge step up in 2011.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Singletary was fire and his record as HC was 18-22.
    Cable should stay with 16-27 record!!!!??????!!!!!
    ———–
    All Singletary did is yell at his players! Barney Rubble b!tch slapped Al’s spy!!! lol

  • 89052RAIDER

    His track record as a head coach is awful. This team is 7-8 because the schedule is soft and the division is awful. Too many blow outs on his watch and the lack of consistency is what is most discouraging. Great individual play has carried us not good leadership…any coach would have won seven games with this schedule when you have Jacoby ford and Mcfadden have so many great individual games.

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Jerry’s on Vacation?

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Let’s finish the season 8-8….have some pride!
    Undefeated in our division, we’ll have something to brag about!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    49ers protect their QBs. Goes back to Montana and Young. Local media hails every Niners QB as the next Montana. So there’s a marketing aspect to it, too. If the Niners dump their lame QBs and start over in that department, the media will turn on them and their fans might too.

  • alex7

    Don’t overthink it.

    Coaches need good QBs.

    Look at Norv’s and Fisher’s record with Rivers/Young/McNair and with scrub QBs

    Coaches don’t get dumber and smarter year to year.

  • I am Spartacus

    Gents, what makes you think you know better than the 53 guys in the locker room who’ve seen Cable in action every day for the last five months. Do you think any panty-waist coach (like Norval) could have gotten more out of this team than Cable did? The players have said it themselves – the answer is a resounding NO!

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    49ers protect their QBs. Goes back to Montana and Young. Local media hails every Niners QB as the next Montana. So there’s a marketing aspect to it, too. If the Niners dump their lame QBs and start over in that department, the media will turn on them and their fans might too.
    =====================
    This is why you should stick to your porn sites, instead of trying to discuss football. The Niners have had lame qb after lame qb, since Young left, you moron.
    And seems every single home game of theirs is still on tv, you moron.
    Now tell us again why you can’t get a date.

  • W B

    I think Cable has done a good job in bringing this team back to relevance. It sucks that we didn’t make the playoffs this year, I thought after we beat SD the first time that this team was going to start firing on all cylinders, but we had some of those maddening losses (SF, MIA, JAX) to remind us that we were quite there yet. I think that this week is going to decide Cable’s fate. A win could get him some more time to push this team into the playoffs next year, or a loss could begin the Hue Jackson era. But this feels an awful lot like ’99, as Jerry has said a lot this year. I think if we show up and beat whoever KC decides to put on the field next week, good things will happen for us next year. But we still need to tighten up the O-line and D-line, draft some guys that can TACKLE, and find a solid WR.

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    Pretty lame to run the “players want him back”.
    Is there ever, as in EVER an instance where a current player dissed a current coach, and didn’t suffer the consequences? Of course they’re going to say they want him back, knowing Al, and the coaches are reading their comments.
    And oddly, after the coaches are fired? All those same players now state “we needed a change”.

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Cable is a players coach, keep him around.
    Cable kinda reminds me of Madden….players like him.
    Our main objective is keep Hue also…
    First year Cable and Hue was not bad, give them a couple of years together.
    We’ll be Best in the West…ladies and gents, and that’s how the west is won!
    ;)

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    How many fantasy points did Jano put up?

  • DKnight007

    Expect Cable to be back AND Hue Jackson!

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    Players LOVE soft coaches, that never demand better.
    They look at it as job security.
    Guy never gets in their grill? Never benches players? Doesn’t hold them accountable for penalties?
    Wht’s not to like?
    Cable had no idea who is running back was, like a fool.
    States “Grad is our starting qb” on Monday, only to state on Wed “oh. meant JC is” then states Grad is, then JC is.
    Asked about injuries? “Can’t talk about that”
    Players asked about injuries? “for some reason, can’t talk about that”
    assts hired? Cable last person to know.

    Some idiot above actually compared Cable to Madden?
    Guys record sucks because as a hc he sucks.
    some of you, sadly, need to be told what to think.

  • I am Spartacus

    We need to face facts. We still do not have a lot of premium talent on this team. When we win, it’s because we play the best we can possibly play. When we can play poorly and still win, then we will be a good team. It’s like a moving average: there are still a lot of bad data points in there.

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Reminds me of….I’m not talking about track record!

    You seem to be wise guy, who do you think our coach should be?

  • I am Spartacus

    Sammy, you want a “tough” coach like Shanahan? What has Shanahan ever done without Elway. Even in their Superbowl years, they could not have won without two all-world years from Terrell Davis – a fluke 6th round find.

  • alex7

    Spartacus,

    looking at the 53-man rosters, we had much more talent than the Colts.

    More talented D-line, DBs, RBs, and special teams. Talent-wise, similar on the O-Line (their QB gets rid of the ball in 2.5 seconds). Similar at LB (they weren’t trying to stop the run with 6 in the box :( )

    Our schemes suck, and our QB sucks.
    Our D scheme sucks because Al hates zone so we don’t improve on it, and our QB can’t keep drives going.

  • alex7

    Shanahan has proved to have a running system where every single RB excels. Give him credit for Terrell Davis. That play-action system also helped get superb seasons from Brian Griese and Jay Cutler.

    Outside of Elway, Shanahan has zero Super Bowls, but a few playoff appearances.

    Continue your debate from there.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Richochet, no doubt Al’s calling the shots. But at least Cable tried to bench Campbell. In fact, he did, knowing he could get fired for it. He eventually caved. Out of the parade of buffoons that followed Gruden, only Lance has shown more balls than Cable when it comes to standing up to Al. The Raiders are at least back to the middle tier of the league now, sort of where they were for so many years in the late ’80s to late ’90s. Playing for a playoff spot in the final game, or second to final game, etc. I’ll take that over the cellar. In a perfect world, Al retires and hires a GM. And you know I will be as critical of him as anyone until he does. But until that day, I’ll take Cable’s improvement. The Raiders will probably stay this way under Cable…making it interesting right up to the end..either barely getting a wild card and getting eliminated in the first round, or just missing the playoffs. If we want to win a SB we have to do what the SB winning teams do, and we’re nowhere near it. Never will be again as long as Al’s here because nobody like Gruden would ever come here again, IMO. Not after that Kiffin fiasco.

  • I am Spartacus

    alex7 Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 12:58 pm
    Spartacus,

    looking at the 53-man rosters, we had much more talent than the Colts.

    More talented D-line, DBs, RBs, and special teams. Talent-wise, similar on the O-Line (their QB gets rid of the ball in 2.5 seconds). Similar at LB (they weren’t trying to stop the run with 6 in the box )

    Our schemes suck, and our QB sucks.
    Our D scheme sucks because Al hates zone so we don’t improve on it, and our QB can’t keep drives going.

    ________________________________________________
    All valid points, Alex, I guess the common denominator in all our deficiencies is the ingrained “corporate philsophy”.

  • eazy-e r-nation

    cable is not the problem 16-27 is not bad for what he has remember mr davis is the gm.russell was here and gone and we improved,we have no wr’s other than ford and miller,and our defense is still suspect although improved this year.Give cable at least 1 more season go out and get some free agents and next season is playoffs or bust then fire him if we don’t make it next season.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    I am Spartacus Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Sammy, you want a “tough” coach like Shanahan? What has Shanahan ever done without Elway.

    ……………

    Kept the Broncos on the top tier of the league for nearly a decade after Elway left. I don’t like Shanarat any more than you do, but don’t embarrass yourself by calling Shannahan’s results into question while wearing a Raiders shirt.

  • NancyGayFan

    You are all cunts — leave Corkran alone.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Alright, let’s predict what Romo’s take will be after Cable’s press conference:

    “They need to get fired up. Just get after it. Crack someone’s head. You have to do that in this game. You can’t just go out there and hope you’re going to win, whatever. You have to smash someone’s face in. You have to really get physical. That’s what I want to see. Physicality. I want to see opposing players going off in stretchers. I want to see blood squirting out of their every orphus. Hold on a second, I’m not done. I’ve played in this league. I’ve won championships. I know what it takes. And I’m not seeing it out of this team. I’m seeing too many guys who just think this is some football league with rules. That’s not going to do it. You have to go out there and really try to murder someone. I mean literally. Take a shiv on the field if you have to. Some jive talking hip hoppper starts talking smack after play you gash him right in his throat with that thing. Who cares what the critics say. Get after it. This is football, man. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to ramble, go ahead, guys”

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    You can even remember what handle you think I am. Because you are a cross posting POS, guess it’s convenient to run the same take.

    “he eventually caved”? You moron. that means he has no balls, and no authority. We all know that. Only an idiot, such as your meek self, would say he stood up to Al.
    He had to ask for permission to bench Russell. Had to ask for permission to keep russell on bench. What hc in the league has been forbidden to even discuss injuries? Except Cable? Even the writers of this blog laugh at that absurdity. Zero head coaches would have left bey in, when he wasn’t close to being ready. Except Cable had no choice.
    The list is long on Cable being a tool.
    Your attention span, however, is much shorter.

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Richochet, no doubt Al’s calling the shots. But at least Cable tried to bench Campbell. In fact, he did, knowing he could get fired for it. He eventually caved. Out of the parade of buffoons that followed Gruden, only Lance has shown more balls than Cable when it comes to standing up to Al. The Raiders are at least back to the middle tier of the league now, sort of where they were for so many years in the late ’80s to late ’90s. Playing for a playoff spot in the final game, or second to final game, etc. I’ll take that over the cellar. In a perfect world, Al retires and hires a GM. And you know I will be as critical of him as anyone until he does. But until that day, I’ll take Cable’s improvement. The Raiders will probably stay this way under Cable…making it interesting right up to the end..either barely getting a wild card and getting eliminated in the first round, or just missing the playoffs. If we want to win a SB we have to do what the SB winning teams do, and we’re nowhere near it. Never will be again as long as Al’s here because nobody like Gruden would ever come here again, IMO. Not after that Kiffin fiasco.

  • SteveCorkranfan

    Yeah…leave Corkran alone!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Damn, sounds like I am missing out not getting to hear Romo’s takes on things!!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Whatever Richochet. In looking for a fight you miss the point entirely. Whatever the case, Cable has taken this team much further than any coach since Gruden. And just how do you know Cable had permission to bench Campbell? Even during a game? How would you even know that? Cable has stood up to Al a lot more than previous coaches.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Trade Condo for a shiv and a jive-talking hip-hopper

  • RaiderRetribution

    Players usually support their current coach (usually, because as we well lnow as long time Raider Fans, coaches such as Shanahan, Callahan, and a couple others lost respect from their players within the Raider organization).

    Cable at the very least got the players to respect themselves, each other, and their coaching staff.

    I still think we need a new head coach, Cable has been a successful coach for the Raiders whether he remains or not.

  • SteveCorkranfan

    Romo as our Defense Coach? Marshall doesn’t have IT!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Correction, because I know Richochet is going to look for any slip up he can to win an argument: Callahan has done better than Cable, obviously, taking the Raiders to a Super Bowl. What I should have said is that since 2003 Cable has shown more balls than any coach sans Kiffin. Any person with a brain would know what I meant in the first place. But we’re talking about Richochet here, so you have to make a little more effort to explain yourself.

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    # I am Spartacus Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Sammy, you want a “tough” coach like Shanahan? What has Shanahan ever done without Elway. Even in their Superbowl years, they could not have won without two all-world years from Terrell Davis – a fluke 6th round find.
    ========
    I never mentioned Shanahan. And never confuse that cross posting POS maddenraider with me, if that’s what happened.

    What I want is a head coach in charge. A HC who lives and breathes with his results. Someone everyone knows made the decision, including the players. Someone the players respect, and fear. Not someone who’s a token.
    Where everyone can say “good decision” or “why the hell is bey still in”? Where the HC can actually step up and give a solid, no bs, answer.
    Cable doesn’t. Cuz he can’t. He has no say on not just the decisions, but on what he can actually say.

    think about that.

    He has a gag order, from Al, on what, or what not he, OR the players, can say.

    Example: Singletary made the decisions, right or wrong. His record is the result of his decisions. He just got fired, as he should have been.

    Cable has an even worse record, and is still around, because many know he’s just a yes man anyway, and that Al’s calling the shots.

    Yeah, be nice to have a head coach with balls, who’s in charge, instead of a token fat guy who is being told who to play, and what to say.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    We’re here with Bill Romanowski, the new defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders. As defensive coordinator, what scheme do you plan on bringing to the Raiders, Bill?

    “Scheme? Sure, I have a scheme. And I’ve been drawing it up for 20 years now. It is quite intricate and nuanced, and I’m hoping I can sell it on the players. It’s called Smashing Your Opponents’ Face In. If you like, I can go over it with you right now.”

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Last time the players backed a coach it was Joe Bugel. SoFoookinWhat if the players like Cable? Of course they like him, he keeps expectations low, training camps easy and practices short….what’s not to like as a player? Other than winning of course, but let the fans worry about that.

    Fact of the matter is if we had a decent NFL HC this season we would be at least 10-6 and in the playoffs.

    Good coaches can get their teams to play consistently good football….

    Fire the Buffoon and let’s move this franchise forward.

    If the only other candidates for the job are Joe Bugel, Mike White, Art Shell and Rob Ryan….yes, then keep Cable, otherwise dump his ass and move forward with someone qualified for the job.

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    Dakota Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Last time the players backed a coach it was Joe Bugel. SoFoookinWhat if the players like Cable? Of course they like him, he keeps expectations low, training camps easy and practices short….what’s not to like as a player? ===================
    give the man a ceeegar!!

    I’ll say it again. What player, EVER, on any team, dissed the front office, or coaching staff who was CURRENTLY ON THE TEAM?

    Not going to happen. The smart ones never do, knowing it very well could come back to bite them

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    re: Bugel?
    I recall incident, not so funny then, where Tim Brown went public with how bad things were, how he took it upon himself to actualy call plays because of how sorry things were.
    Bugel called a meeting where he told the players to keep all comments in house, that if you have something to say, say it here, now.

    Apparently things got so testy, Bugel quickly cancelled the meeting, instead of listening to everyone harping on him, and his decisions.

  • I am Spartacus

    Kept the Broncos on the top tier of the league for nearly a decade after Elway left. I don’t like Shanarat any more than you do, but don’t embarrass yourself by calling Shannahan’s results into question while wearing a Raiders shirt.

    _____________________________________
    The facts don’t embarrass me. Shanhahan’s average record is a very pedestrian 9-7 over the past 11 years. Hardly good enough to make the playoffs in any year. If you want to make an argument to the contrary, that’s fine, but keep your editorializing to yourself. After all, you have left a treasure trove of imbecilic comments that can be used against you.