The end of the Tom Cable era on Tuesday night has predictably elicited some strong opinions. Here’s a look at what folks are saying about the Raiders’ coaching shakeup:
* Our Steve Corkran and Jerry McDonald combined efforts on our paper’s main news story, which includes some strong words from Raiders punter Shane Lechler.
* Mr. McDonald writes in his web-only column that in Al Davis’ world, 8-8 is never cause for excitement.
* Our Cam Inman thinks that this move could cause team dissension.
* Our Tim Kawakami says that dumping Cable and replacing him with Hue Jackson would follow perfectly the Al Davis Hiring Pattern of alternating his head coach picks between a burly offensive line coach an an offensive gameplanner.
Let’s take a look at what else is being reported about Cable’s departure:
* Here’s the official statement from the Raiders on the decision not to retain Cable.
* Here’s how ProFootballTalk.com reported the news.
* The National Football Post is reporting that Hue Jackson is expected to be Cable’s replacement.
* NFL Insider Jay Glazer checks in via video on Cable’s ouster and what it means.
* ESPN’s Bill Williamson says the move just doesn’t make any sense.
* Williamson then writes in a separate post that Al Davis was afraid of losing Hue Jackson to the 49ers, which is why the move was made.
* How does CBS Sports’ Clark Judge explain the news? It’s just the Raiders being the Raiders.
* On Monday, National Football Post columnist Matt Bowen said firing Tom Cable would be bad football. Bowen, a former NFL player, goes on to say players used to laugh at the Raiders and no one wanted to play in Oakland because it meant losing and possibly starting over with a new coach almost every year.
* SI.com’s Don Banks hinted on Monday that people shouldn’t assume that Hue Jackson will replace Cable. Banks’ sources tell him that Davis wasn’t happy with Jackson’s role in bringing in Kyle Boller and that the Raiders owner may not be sold on Jackson’s knowledge of the running game.
* Finally, Cindi Christie from our photography department put together a slide show looking back at Tom Cable’s time with Oakland.