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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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  • Mike Davis 36

    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

    __________________________________

    Maybe not on the record. But when a coach has lost a team, reporters never have any trouble finding players willing to talk off the record. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Cable.

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

    Raiders defensive coordinator Romanowski to face fines for punishing defensive players who fail to injure opponents

    * NFL.com Wire Reports
    * Published: Dec. 27, 2010 at 11:56 a.m.
    * Updated: Dec. 27, 2010 at 02:46 p.m

    Alameda, Ca-

    The league will now fine Bill Romanowski for a policy he’s imposed in which he fines defensive players for any opposing offensive player who gets up, uninjured, after a tackle. The league has warned Romanowski several times since the preseason to stop the practice, only for Romanowski to deny the claims. The issue came to surface when several defensive players for the Raiders complained to the players’ association that they are going broke from the harsh fines. Romanowski was also fined in July, at the beginning of Raiders’ training camp, for destroying a stereo in the locker room and yelling several racial epithets.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81d3eb71/article/raiders-defensive-cordinator-fined

  • GoodOle00

    didn’t realize how young this team really is.
    We get some continuity and another pre seaon things could be good next year.

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/ones_to_watch

  • I am Spartacus

    Since we all know that Al calls the shots, who is out there that can, and will, try to run his own show? The answer is nobody. Therefore, Cable has proven to be the only guy since Gruden that can operate within those constraints.

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

    Spartucus, Shanahan’s record very pedestrian? If it’s pedestrian, just how would you describe the Raiders’ record in the past 7 years?

  • GoodOle00

    52, For rizzle?

  • GoodOle00

    55. Abysmal

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

    # SammyTheBull Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    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.

    …………

    Sure. How about General Patton?

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

    This is what Cable said around Dec 29th of last year:

    “Without even asking that question, you know that we would have,” Cable told the reporter who asked him if the Raiders would have been in the playoffs with an average or above-average quarterback.
    —-
    Well Cable, you threw Jamarcus under the bus at the end of last year, and you got average QB play this year….and we still aren’t in the playoffs despite a CAKE schedule…..

    In all likelihood we will still be in 3rd place in the division after next week.

    Hue Jackson took over the offense and with one week still left we have scored 379 points! We only scored 197 ALL OF LAST YEAR….and yet with the increased scoring….AND the cake schedule….AND the average QB play, we still are not in the playoffs….AND probably still 3rd in our weak ass division!

    We couldn’t beat one team that plays outside of the afc or nfc West!

    Tom Cable….you are fired!

    JUST WIN BABY!

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

    I’m sure Brady’s “afraid” of Belichick, Sammy. Considering Brady can walk into Kraft’s office any time he wants to, say that either he goes or Belichick goes, and Belichick is gone…

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

    Oops, did I just call him “Sammy”? I meant Richochet, obviously.

  • I am Spartacus

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Spartucus, Shanahan’s record very pedestrian? If it’s pedestrian, just how would you describe the Raiders’ record in the past 7 years?

    _______________________________________________
    I would describe the Raiders’ record as abysmal. I would still characterize Shanahan’s record as pedestrian. For context, I would call Madden’s 10-year record as top tier.

  • I am Spartacus

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    I’m sure Brady’s “afraid” of Belichick, Sammy. Considering Brady can walk into Kraft’s office any time he wants to, say that either he goes or Belichick goes, and Belichick is gone…

    _________________________________
    Good call on that one, RMR.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    I vote ?

  • ottocrat

    Cable’s a boob.

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

    So, like I said, you realize how ridiculous you look, as a Raider fan, having the gall to criticize Shannahan? 9-7 or not, he’s been good enough to keep the Broncos in contention for nearly a decade after Elway’s left. THAT is what he’s accomplished after Elway left. Plus, he did win 2 Super Bowls with Elway, to boot. Something that Dan Reeves couldn’t do. Shannahan just rubs people the wrong way. I’ve always hated him because he looks like George W. Bush. But you know and I know that the guy knows how to win in this league. And the only people who seem to think he doesn’t are kool aid drinking Davis loyalists who in denial of how bad their team has been…like you.

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

    I would describe the Raiders’ record as abysmal. I would still characterize Shanahan’s record as pedestrian. For context, I would call Madden’s 10-year record as top tier.
    ++++++++++

    With the exception of those 5 choked away conference championships of course…

  • RaiderChri

    This 2010 Raider team made strides. Left a lot of wins out there on the field. Young teams learn and grow from these types of situations. Read a great article on sfgate and MM34 was prettty adamant about this season. These Raiders really cared and wanted to turn this thing around. We finally have some game-breakers and need another strong draft to gain some more depth. As the Great Al Davis always says, “The Raiders will win”.

  • I am Spartacus

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    So, like I said, you realize how ridiculous you look, as a Raider fan, having the gall to criticize Shannahan? 9-7 or not, he’s been good enough to keep the Broncos in contention for nearly a decade after Elway’s left. THAT is what he’s accomplished after Elway left. Plus, he did win 2 Super Bowls with Elway, to boot. Something that Dan Reeves couldn’t do. Shannahan just rubs people the wrong way. I’ve always hated him because he looks like George W. Bush. But you know and I know that the guy knows how to win in this league. And the only people who seem to think he doesn’t are kool aid drinking Davis loyalists who in denial of how bad their team has been…like you.

    ________________________________________
    We have a difference of opinion, RMR. How can I argue with someone who hates someone just because he looks like GWB? Anyways, I just paid you a compliment on one of your latter posts. So, no animus toward you from my side.

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

    “There have been 29 teams that gone unbeaten in their division since 1970. All of them have made it to the playoffs.”

    Bill Williamson

  • dking

    Can’t overlook him not being able to get the team ready to play teams out of their comfort zone. Most of the time they looked lost with teams outside the AFC West.

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

    “There have been 29 teams that gone unbeaten in their division since 1970. All of them have made it to the playoffs.”

    Bill Williamson

    Except Tom Cable’s team of course. He couldn’t coach them up or motivate them to even beat the lowly 49ers or Cardinals! Couldn’t coach them up when we really needed wins at home against Indy and Miami or on the road in Jax.

    Tom Cable is not a good HC.

  • http://atm Raider O

    16-27!!!

    Fire Cable!!

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    70.Dakota Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:56 pm
    “There have been 29 teams that gone unbeaten in their division since 1970. All of them have made it to the playoffs.”

    Bill Williamson

    ***

    Johnson said he even heard a rumor the league would make a rule change of some sort to reward teams that went unbeaten in division play but didn’t make the playoffs.

    ***

    The NFL is gonna bend the rules for the RAIDERS!! LOL

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Cable or Not, who is the Raiders next QB? That’s all I give a damn about…

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

    75.Lowdown_in_Beijing Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 2:05 pm
    Cable or Not, who is the Raiders next QB? That’s all I give a damn about…

    +++++++++++

    Jim Plunkett

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

    Shannahan looking like GWB was tongue in cheek. I don’t even now what Shannahan’s politics are. Basically, I think the guy’s a good coach. And I thought he looked like a jerk before I even knew who G.W. Bush was.

    Spartacus, we’ve only had one coach even close to being as good as Shannahan in the past 20 years, Jon Gruden. None of your skewed numbers are going to change that.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Dude, seriously? It would be an upgrade…how sad is that?

  • JLofty

    Until Al and the Raiders change how they operate/conduct football business, Tom Cable is the best you are going to get.

    So if you don’t like Cable, call for Al’s dismissal. Since Al’s the owner good luck with that.

    Until then, Cable is doing a fine job under the circumstances. Finding someone AWESOME who wants to work under Al and his MO is FANTASY.
    He has introduced some accountability, has the players playing hard, and has them moving in the right direction. Perhaps Al will find a QB to have Hue groom since Al and Tom don’t really seem too good at that and that is the largest missing piece.

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

    Very sad, lol….and old azz Flores would be an upgrade at HC too….that is even more sad….

  • No Mas Diamante

    Our schemes are not good enough on defense. We looked unprepared and manning had little difficulty exposing our weaknesses.
    why we got away from the run I will never know. And when we did we ran right at their strengths on the outside. Campbell, either because he can’t get the ball out fast enough or by design, is like a ststue back there. he made some terrible throws and equally bad decisions with the ball.
    My solution is a real GM, a new QB and yes, a new head coach. Sorry Tom. I kinda liked you but that just aint cutting the mustard.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I will be pi$$ed if we keep Marshall. Keeping Cable would be a mistake too IMHO, but not as big as keeping Marshall.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Several times campbell could have run when he instead tried to force a ball to a covered receiver. he is a good back up but what this team needs is someone like manning, and we all know that will never happen.

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

    5 minutes ago – Team president Jed York reiterated that whoever he hires as general manager will be responsible for hiring the team’s next head coach. “It’s about making sure the GM and the head coach are really working together and he’s going to be the person living and dying with the coach,” he said. 49ers RapidReports

    that is the way it should be…..

  • I am Spartacus

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    Shannahan looking like GWB was tongue in cheek. I don’t even now what Shannahan’s politics are. Basically, I think the guy’s a good coach. And I thought he looked like a jerk before I even knew who G.W. Bush was.

    Spartacus, we’ve only had one coach even close to being as good as Shannahan in the past 20 years, Jon Gruden. None of your skewed numbers are going to change that.

    _________________________________________
    Fine. You think Shanahan’s a good coach, I think he’s overrated. He and Cable have to operate in parallel universes. Shanahan wasn’t so great when he had to work under Al Davis.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Dakota – that is the way it should be but we all know that will never be the case here as long Al Davis is in charge… I am not an Al basher, because he is the oakland raiders imo, but when will he wise up and look in the mirror? If I were one of the minority owners of this team I would be fricking pissed.

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

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:51 p.m. – Starting left guard Robert Gallery, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 draft, will be a free agent after this season. “This is the first time going to free agency for me so I don’t know what the process is like,” he said. “I’m not really worried about it. We’ll see what happens.” Raiders RapidReports

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:47 p.m. – OLB Quentin Groves on Sunday’s season-finale against the Chiefs: “It’s huge because we have to impose our will on somebody else. This is our playoff game.” Raiders RapidReports

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:46 p.m. – The Raiders are out of the playoff race but can still set some records – for penalty yardage. They lead the NFL with 1,199 penalty yards. They’re 105 shy of tying the NFL record of 1,304 yards set by K.C. in ‘98 and 75 short of tying the team mark of 1,274 set in ‘69 in just 14 games. Raiders RapidReports

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:26 p.m. – OLB Quentin Groves said the Raiders are “on the threshhold of being a great team” in the NFL. “I think we’re really close,” he said. “You look at the San Fran game; you look at the Arizona game. We could have easily had two wins right there.” Raiders RapidReports

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:22 p.m. – P Shane Lechler called Tom Cable the “hard-nosed, blue-collar guy that we need” as Raiders coach. “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.’ Bull. You can’t say that every time because people start calling your bluff.” Raiders RapidReports

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:11 p.m. – P Shane Lechler said it would be a “huge setback” if team owner Al Davis didn’t bring back coach Tom Cable next season. “We’ve invested so much of our time, and there’s been so much commitment, starting from the day he took over. He had a plan. The plan is working.” Raiders RapidReports

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:08 p.m. – TE Zach Miller on the importance of beating the Chiefs this week: “Our goal was to make the playoffs. That’s over, so now we have to look to do whatever we can do, and that’s be 6-0 in the division and finish 8-8. We’re going to do whatever we can to make that happen.” Raiders RapidReports

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:04 p.m. – After being eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, the Raiders have readjusted their goals approaching their season finale at K.C. At 7-8 overall and 5-0 in the AFC West, they have a chance to avoid a losing record for the first time since ‘02 and sweep the division for the first time since ’76. Raiders RapidReports

  • sec144r18

    Does anyone else wonder if RMR sweats every time congress is voting whether to extend unemployment benefits?

    Dude – you post a lot!!!

    Or you are Jerry.

  • 89706Raider

    The Raiders record has indeed been abysmal. This year is as risen to average. This year’s Raiders have improved drastically. The inconsistencies in performance are of concern with Cable as HC, but Cable, with some veteran help, has built confidence in this young team. It’s probably his greatest contribution. Cable stays for another year. Improve the offensive line, add a go-to WR, some strong cover help at DB, defensive line depth, consistent game plans on both O and D… Another year’s experience, and these guys go deep into the playoffs.

  • http://atm Raider O

    We are 29th against the run!

    Fire Marshall!!!
    Hire a DC that can fix this problem!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    What about Singletary for DC?

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

    86.No Mas Diamante Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    Dakota – that is the way it should be but we all know that will never be the case here as long Al Davis is in charge… I am not an Al basher, because he is the oakland raiders imo, but when will he wise up and look in the mirror? If I were one of the minority owners of this team I would be fricking pissed.

    ++++++++++

    He will never wise up….I’ve said it before, Al Davis would rather drag the team to hell with him than see another man step in and have success as the Raiders GM while Al is still alive. It would kill Al to see someone succeed with his team when he could not.

    I would probably be the same way if I owned the team, so I can understand why he is doing it…..but as a fan it kills me.

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

    Sorry to break the news to you 89706Raider, but a Cable coached team will NEVER go deep into any playoff…not even his future UFL team.

  • dking

    Hate to say it, but if Cable stays as Head Coach, Hue
    Jackson probably leaves for HC job somewhere else. Then what????

  • sec144r18

    I’ve been sitting in my seats for 10 years. The run stopping D looked a lot better many times this year than it had in years past. However for the first time in a long time, we played with a lead a lot more (thus forcing teams to pass).

    We continue to have tackling problems (a byproduct of fact that there are few live drills during training camp).

    Michael Huff is not the answer at Free Safety – he plays too vertical. Tyvon may lead the team in tackles, but he still misses a lot.

    Rule of thumb – DTs miss a tackle – 6inches. line backers miss a tackle – 6 yards. DBs miss a tackles – six points.

    John Marshall actually did safety blitzes,leveraged his best asset (Kelly and Seymour in the middle), and uses to DTs as outside line backers.

    As a defensive coordinator, you have to cook the meal, but you have no input on the ingredients.

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

    Dec. 27, 2010 3:51 p.m. – Starting left guard Robert Gallery, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 draft, will be a free agent after this season. “This is the first time going to free agency for me so I don’t know what the process is like,” he said. “I’m not really worried about it. We’ll see what happens.” Raiders RapidReports
    +++++++++++++++

    Here is the process Gallery….your agent calls a few teams and those teams offer you what they think you are worth as a average to below average NFL guard, and then you tuck tail and stick your hand out to Al Davis once again and hopes he still wants to keep another of his high draft picks on the roster for a couple more years.

    Just be glad that the C and right side of the line are even worse than you Bobby boy.

  • sec144r18

    Three very poorly called games will probably ensure that Hue doesn’t get a head coaching job.

    He’ll get Rooney rule interviews, but he probably won’t get any HC jobs unless we are missing something (and I don’t think we are).

  • 89706Raider

    Hey Dakota… thanks for the heads-up. I’ll try to remember that, but you are short changing the guy.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Sec144r18 Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Three very poorly called games will probably ensure that Hue doesn’t get a head coaching job.

    He’ll get Rooney rule interviews, but he probably won’t get any HC jobs unless we are missing something (and I don’t think we are).
    —————————-
    I don’t know about that. Ex-Raider coaches usually get the benefit of the doubt, for working for a nutty organization.

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

    Met a guy that went to school in Idaho…said Cable was a complete joke on campus during his time as their HC. Worst coach in school history. First HC at Idaho that had to be fired in 20+ years.