Moments after going on Sirius radio and reiterating his belief in the future of the Raiders and expressing his hope that he would remain on the job, the Raiders announced Tom Cable would not return as head coach.
“It’s out of my hands,” Cable told hosts Brian McGovern and Marty Schottenheimer during a regularly-scheduled spot. “Make no mistake about it, I want to be head coach of the Oakland Raiders. If that’s not to be, by someone else’s decision, then I’ll be a head coach somewhere else. If not, I’ll coach the (offensive) line for somebody, and I can do that pretty darn good. But I want to be the head coach here.
“I just don’t have any control over it. We’ll see what the future holds and what becomes of it. If not, I think I’ve proved that I can be a head coach in this league and succeed and it’s win. It’s not always easy, but it’s part of the deal . . . I think I’ve proven that I can handle it and get it done under some tough circumstances.”
Cable apparently didn’t realize that at the very moment he was giving the interview, the Raiders were preparing a release that said “Cable’s contract not extended” and putting it on their Web site.