Post-Cable notes


NOTE: Here’s a link to my Web column on Al Davis’ distaste for a .500 record, why players will get over Tom Cable’s departure and why things will work out just fine for Cable in the end . . .

So when is Hue Jackson’s press conference?

Nothing scheduled yet. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Raiders draw the process out, initiate a search, and then come to the decision which may have been made nearly a year ago when Jackson was hired as offensive coordinator with Cable in the last year of his contract.

Unless Davis fears the San Francisco 49ers might really make Jackson the head coach _ and the interview process has yet to begin _ he is already under contract and there is no rush to make things official.

He can name Jackson any time he chooses since the Rooney Rule is not in play.

— Yes, if he wishes, Davis could go trolling for Jim Harbaugh or make a large segment of the fan base extremely happy by reconnecting with Jon Gruden, but that’s not the way to bet. The Raiders don’t pay the kind of money they are likely to command, and Gruden’s sticking point when he left would not have changed _ he wants to hire his own coaches and pick the 53-man roster.

— Worst-case scenario _ Harbaugh says he doesn’t want the 49ers job, Jackson interviews and his quickly hired, and the Raiders lose their offensive continuity.

Wonder if Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman is interested in getting back into the NFL?

— Here’s how I assessed Jackson’s hiring in this blog almost a year ago _ a no-lose situation.

— Punter Shane Lechler, who said Monday he wasn’t interested in having another new coach, thinks Cable’s ouster will have a negative effect on free agency.

“It’s going to influence a lot of guys’ decisions on free agency,” Lechler said by phone. “You’re going to for darned sure lose Robert Gallery now. You’re going to lose Michael Bush now, for sure. You’re going to lose a bunch of guys that are great football players and just because of this move . . . I already know what those guys are going to do. I’ve talked to them, I’m friends with them, and I know what’s going on.”

More Lechler: “It’s going to be a huge setback because you heard the locker room just like I did. It’s hard to understand how or why the decision was made when it seemed it was in the best interest of players and we finally felt like we were headed in the right way, and owner goes and pulls the (plug).”

— With regard to Bush, he may not even be an unrestricted free agent when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Bush spent his first season rehabbing a broken ankle and then played three seasons. His contract has expried, but the Raiders could end up with a right of first refusal in a new CBA _ just like with Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard last season.

As for Gallery, I talked to him on the phone and he was extremely disappointed while stopping short of saying he was heading for the door when free agency beckons.

“I really haven’t processed that yet,” Gallery said. “It’s definitely something to think about. Coach Cable and everyone else knows how I feel about him and the things he did as far as getting my career back on track. He’s a guy I wanted to play for. We’ll have to see what happens when free agency does come.”

More Gallery: “I think this is going to hit 99 percent of the locker room really hard because people respected how he dealt with us and where we were headed. It’s definitely a step back from what we’ve done going forward the last year or two.”

— It was almost surreal, listening to Raider-basher and Al Davis arch-enemy Marty Schottenheimer be so complimentary towards a Raiders coach _ who would learn shortly after hanging up the phone he was out of a job.

Cable was the “Late Hits” show with host Brian McGovern and Marty Schottenheimer, who made Raider-baiting (and beating) into an art form in Kansas City and San Diego.

“You’re probably aware I’m anti-Raiders and all this, but the bottom line is, I see a guy like yourself go to work, take a football team that’s struggling to understand the things that have to happen to win and all of a sudden you can see it just beginning to grow,” Schottenheimer said. “You have to be tickled to death, looking at the great picture of the way your football team is starting to rise up.”

The soon-to-be-former Raiders coach, in turn even said he borrowed from Schottenheimer in remaking the Raiders’ image and attitude.

“I actually stole a page from your book, because that’s been my mantra this whole time, that we’re going to own this division, and the way we’re going to own it is we’re going to be the tough guy, and we’re going to be the first one to punch you in the mouth and we’re going to be the last one to punch you in the mouth, and that’s the way I think you build a team at this level,” Cable said.

“If you don’t have that tough mentality, then you have no chance. You can throw it around all you want, and throwing the ball is pretty, and you’ve got to throw it some to win in this league, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to stop the run and you’ve got to be able to run.”

Cable continued to support the candidacy of Jackson as a head coach, although not necessarily for his job.

“In terms of Hue, he deserves it. He’s done a fine job,” Cable said. “We’ve been friends for a long, long time. I know what he’s about and what his goals are and all that. I know he wants to be a head coach in this league, so if that works out for him, I support it and I want what’s best for him.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderDebo

    Here we go again … JaMarcus lovers are back.

    HELLO … if JaMarcus is so great how come no other teams picked him up … including the Arena league … or the CFL.

    Your true colors are showing.

    He’ll be back here in the next week or so. My sources tell me so.

  • BoJacks

    # priesttj Says:
    January 5th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    There were times when I was extremely frustrated with Hue even in the KC beatdown why a reverse on the first play from scrimmage?

    Yeah, normally I’m like Jerry Mac, execution, not playcalls. but some of Hue’s calls were definite head scratchers.

    Was hoping it got better with experience

  • phatcable

    Matt Leinart says he’s ready to be a starter
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 4, 2011, 6:51 PM EST
    After a season where Matt Leinart was cut in favor of Derek Anderson and sat on the bench behind Dan Orlovsky (and Matt Schaub), Leinart believes he’s ready to take the next step in his career.

    “I want to be a starter in the league, and I feel like I’ve paid my dues,” Leinart told the Houston Chronicle. “I sat for three and a half years now and played behind a Hall of Fame quarterback [Kurt Warner] which a lot of people don’t remember. Obviously, coming here is not the way I planned, but I think Matt Schaub is a great quarterback.”

    Leinart said he learned a lot in Houston, but sounds ready to move on. While there won’t be a lot of great free agent quarterbacks available.

  • GG

    Cable just wanted to drag out the gravy train he was on. He often deflected blame to others. Anyway, as DkNight pointed out, Hue doing what he did with the offense right away, showed up Cable’s own limitations as a coach as well as highlight Jackson’s good X&O ability. Cable fumbled and bumbled from game to game. He engineered so many horrendous games, 2009 and 2010.

  • RaiderDebo

    new post

  • raidertay

    At 8-8 TC was not a loser, but he was not a winner either.


    Holy Toledo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just woke up and found out.

    This decision is a setback no matter how you look at it.
    Al’s going to have a whole lot more disgruntled fans-not that he gives a s$$t .

    The only way this is acceptable for me is if Al has Harbaugh on the end of his fishing line.


    WHAT ARE YOU EFFIN WELL DOING AL?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Al has been quiet all season. Not a word from him and he has kept himself in the background.

    He just wanted to show that he actually calls the shots and get some attention.

    Maybe he didn’t like Cable and Jackson getting credit for a great draft and improved offense?

  • We have avoided drama all year, except for the QB issues, and we have improved.

    Insert drama….chaos on the way and a demise into the darkness and lack of structure and focus once again.


    If it’s Hue, then it is definitely a setback.

    Jackson has done wonders with the offensive scoring but part of that has been that McFadden has been healthy and Campbell has settled in more and improved his game.

    With some games Hue’s play calling was downright terrible (e.g. the Indy game).
    Jackson manned up and admitted this himself. He even gave himself a “C” for the year.
    He may become a good head coach over time but for the Nation it’s back to waiting.

    Just like the Raiders, Hue is a work in progress and is probably not ready to be a head coach.
    Yes, he’s improved the offense but has had some terrible offweeks.

    Take the trick play reverse with Ford at the beginning of the last game.
    Everyone in the world smelled that play out.
    Hue is like the great new baseball pitcher who hitters start to figure out.

    If it’s Hue then it’s likely to be just as big a setback as when Cable first started.

    If it’s Harbaugh then its a bold new long-term plan for the future and Al, nearing 82, has decided to relinquish some control and take it a little easier-we can dream can’t we?
    Al might just want to set his son and the Raiders up for the future-plus he can take credit for hiring Harbaugh.

    Al can get Harbaugh if he gives him what he wouldn’t give Gruden.
    He might even wave a potential piece of the team in the future in Harbaugh’s face.
    After all, that’s how Al first got part of the team.

  • ohioraider

    Had to gall the old coot to hear Schottenheimer credit Cable for turning the culture of the team around; basically implying that the team didn’t even understand the basics of how to win.

    Couple that with Cable’s “We’re not losers anymore” comment and Al had to be spluttering to his minions.

  • raiderinpa

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    Will Condo’s damage never cease?!
    I dont understand your beef with Condo… You need to find someone who is worthy of being picked on…
    …or are you just a douche?