Cable out as Raiders coach


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • sirblitzalot

    Fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me! Fool me FOUR TIMES!; I must be senile! Al not senile.

    Seems to me from the the Media, to the players, to the news casters, to Bill Romanowski, Tim Kozimore and Tony Romo to the Raider Nation; all are in favor of this “continuity” theme. I disagree. Not renewing means starting from scratch. That is not necessarily so. The fundamental problem (which is obvious to a few) is that Tom Cable can NOT head coach. He is a “motivator’ according to some players. I don’t buy that crap but even it is true, motivation is not going to take you to the big dance. Let’s get real here, we beat Seattle and St. Louis (barely) and the weak afc west! “OMG!!!” some of you think. We should have gone 14 and 2 with the cream puff schedule we were handed! TC was outcoached by two HC that are no longer head coaches! What does that indicate to you? This Raider ship has been sloshing about aimlessly under his leadership on seas have been flat, glassy calm seas (this season) and all TC can come up is with 8-8!? Come tontos, the ante is going to raised waaay up next season. Next years schedule is going to be the perfect storm and you “continuity” supporters were setting yourselves up for failure. It will be like trying to get through that perfect storm on a canoe with tongue depressors for paddles! If you got your way, the Raiders would almost certainly nosedive back to 4-12 (or worse)!. Bill Belich, John Gruden, Jim Harbaugh, now those dudes can Coach, AND motivate! Al and I think alike. So you minions (TC supporters) shut tf up and let the adults decide what is best for you. END OF STORY!

  • djohnnyg

    It was nice not being the joke of the league for a short while there.

    Just when we had gotten to the point of respectability again after 7 years the whole world heaves a collective “WTF” at Al Davis and the Raiders.

    I said I’m gonna be optimistic until I hear who the next coach is, but I have a bad feeling Al has NO PLAN WHATSOEVER. Hue Jackson? That is just plain boooooring.

  • PassTheCheetos

    It will be like trying to get through that perfect storm on a canoe with tongue depressors for paddles!
    If thats the case chuck norris for head coach.

  • RaiderRetribution

    those dudes can Coach, AND motivate!

    Beach you did make me laugh, however, Jimmy J. left the coaching gig a champion, he is not washed up, in fact he may be rejuvinated.

    realize one key point their are premier coaches now that are willing to coach the Raiders, that want to coach the Raiders, and one will lead the Raiders into the championship game.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I think Chuck Norris for President of the United States of America would be so much better.

  • beach

    Make it clear to the people, Retro! I made you laugh at my Rob Ryan comment, #652. I would rank Jimmy Johnson behind only Gruden and Cowher.

  • djohnnyg

    In the court of public opinion Al Davis was having his comeback year. First, he shows wisdom in not giving in to the knee jerk reaction of firing Cable after last season and actually showing an attempt at stability with the organization. Then, the draft. A great one by some accounts. Al shocked some people with his common sense choices and even a couple steals. “The old man’s still got it” some said. The hire of Hue Jack for OC further enhanced the mans image.

    Then, the Raiders show much progress on the field for the first time in a while by staying in the playoff race up until the next to last game of the season.

    Then…this. If the Jedi Master still has “got it” than it will show in the decision he makes as to the next HC will be.

    My fear is he really hasn’t a clue what he’s gonna do next. My hope is he does.

  • beach

    Good night, Raider Nation!

  • sirblitzalot

    Did anybody notice that John Elway was at the Orange Bowl last night? Coincidence? In think Not! Yes, he is alum but word on the street is that he is trying to convince Harbaugh to join the Broncos. I think seeing him on the sideline forced AD’s hand. Al had to make move right now because all the (loser) owners are after Harbaugh as well. By dumping TC he made it clear that, “We have an opening for a new head coach.” If he dragged on the suspense re: TC until January 15, 2011, then he would just about have NO chance of obtaining Harbaugh’s services. Him letting HJ consult S.F. means he isn’t too sold on HJ as a shoe in for HC. Believe AD, is a lot smarter than any of you proletariat.

  • 445rahal

    Tom cable is going to be a very good college football coach. UCLA would sign him right away. they need his blue-coller attitude. He steped in when no one wanted the raiders job. AD didnt find anyone to coach for him. with an 8-8 team, AD have a chance to convince someone that this team is worth coaching. Hue Jackson not gonna coach the raiders. He’s bailing out and running foor his life.players gonna find it hard to play for the next coach.

  • raidertalk

    J. Harbaugh, JaMarcus, The Rooney Rule, The Yorks, Hue Jax, A. Schefter and Sebastian Janikoski all CONSPIRED to oust our beloved Cable Guy!

  • raidertalk

    Dont Forget Randy Hanson and all of Cabes Exes!!!

  • raidertalk

    Have any of you guys suggesting Gruden ever worked for a living?

    You have probably never had that micro-managing boss who did not want you working for him.

    Your greatest success happens after you leave…

    Your Not Hurting for money…

    Your a Freaking TV star…

    And yet you still want to go back to that boss that did what he did to get rid of you almost ten years ago????

  • mikedlopes

    Al Davis’ next move better have me in utter shock.. I want to be totally flabbergasted Al -you hear me!

    Give me something ridiculous, I’m a Raider fan, I can take it!

    Give me heartache!

  • sirblitzalot


    Gruden ever worked for a living?

    What! The dude is a workaholic! Only slept 3 hours a night while Raiders HC. Him and Gannon used try to outwork each other. They were the hardest working team in the NFL. He prepares well for what he is doing now.

  • raidertalk

    Naw Just saying that if I were Chuckie and I was dealt away by my boss, then when on to greener pastures, I would not want to come back.

  • sirblitzalot

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Lechler pulled “zero punches”

    Turn to comcast cable right now you idiots who think i’m making this up. you guys are so dumb and so much in denial it’s unreal. Ratoo is talking about the Lechler right now, says Lechler “rolled a grenade”

    Who are you, man!

    Your handle is bold letters, which means you are a fraud, a subversive, a sneak. Are you a 49er faithful, bored with your organization, so you come over her to annoy people? You should be true to thy self and go back to your own blog, dude! The fact that you are quoting Rato reveals your affiliation. Do the 49ers even have a forum like this one? I wouldn’t know and I could not care less! But their blog must suck if you feel you have to spend so much time on this one.

  • sirblitzalot

    Whenever somebody gives there opinion, especially if they are vehement in their expression, try to read behind their statement. In other words, why do you think Lechler is so upset about Cable not being given a new contract? Why should he care. After all he does is punt? So what is behind the madness? Anybody?

  • skiingkid68

    Gruden! Gruden! Gruden!