Former Raiders coach Tom Cable, newly annointed as the assistant head coach and line coach of the Seattle Seahawks, kept his regularly scheduled appearance on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday night.
Cable talked a lot about his new job with the Seahawks and chose not to address what transpired with regard to owner Al Davis and the Tuesday press conference in which his former boss outlined his transgressions and the reasons for docking him $120,000 in fines.
Here’s what Cable told hosts Bryan McGovern and Gil Brandt:
How he felt about leaving Oakland, his feelings about what happened Tuesday at the press conference, and his thoughts about successor Hue Jackson
“I think first and foremost, I felt honored for the opportunity to coach those players. Those players there, and those assistant coaches that were with me, what a great group of people, and they did accomplish a lot. It’s a really good team now in terms of where it’s headed next. It’s kind of built its foundation, it’s up on its feet now.
“ As I mentioned, you can’t laugh at ‘em any more. You can’t do those kind of things. It had been through a lot of hard times because of some decisions and things that were made. Now, I think that group of players, moving forward, they can do something really cool, and I hope they do. I’m proud of ‘em. I was very honored to coach ‘em, and work with those assistant coaches, and that’s how I feel about it.
“It’s behind me now, and you’ve got to move forward. That’s really what’s the NFL’s all about. For them moving forward, I wish Hue the best, and for him and those players to do something with it now because it’s in place and it’s set up to do that. That’s my feelings.
Brandt telling Cable that they appreciate his contributions to Sirius and consider him even a better person than a football coach
“Well, I appreciate that a ton, Gil I really do. Both Bryan and yourself, you’ve really been awesome. My future is good, and I’ll have another chance to do that again. It’s not going to be in Oakland, obviously, and we’ve all got to move forward, that’s really what it comes down to. You can’t cry over spilled milk and you’ve just got to move on.
Since you know the Raiders, how would you break down their needs and things that need to change this offseason after the foundation you laid?
“I think this. I don’t think it’s right for me to talk about what they need or don’t need. I know those players in that locker room know what we did and how we did it, and how much I love ‘em and all that sort of thing. I just want them to be successful, that’s the most important thing. In terms of decisions for that football team, that’s in someone else’s hands and I’m OK with that, because I’m going to move on to Seattle and do it better there.”