So many possibilities but it takes Uncle Al a bit longer to make decisions nowdays
When you start interviewing coaches in the off-season, it's not abnormal. Many teams have already made moves and a few more are yet to come I'm sure. Then you have the Raider way of doing business that takes this very normal process and makes it a sideshow. It's been reported that Al Davis is in the process of interviewing Assistant Coaches right now. I heard this story this morning with some potential candidates and thought “hey I didn't hear about Tom Cable getting fired?!?” I was driving to work at this point and as I got in to the office decided to immediately read about Cables dismissal. That story of course didn't exist and as I read about the candidates involved it was obvious to me that if Cable remains on staff, it will be uglier than Lane Kiffin asking his former employers for job references.
If JaMarcus Russell is really the problem for this team in the first half of the year (and to an extent I believe it is) then Tom Cable should have another year. I don't know if he's a head coach on any other team but in Oakland it might be best to let him have another year. When you fire coaches like it's a bodily function you run a lot of risks, not the least of which it sets a bad example internally and externally. Players don't want the revolving door because it's not motivating and it builds on a losing environment. Externally it makes you a laughingstock, and the Raiders don't need any more reasons to be called laughinstocks. Players, coaches, fans, all want to come in to a city and organization that seems stable and firing another coach doesn't inspire that confidence. If I was a player/coach, I wouldn't come to Oakland unless I absolutely had to, but if your looking for a job it's the place to be.
Cable might not return, but if he does it can't be for long if Al Davis is being shifty in his hiring of assistant coaches, and everything about this story seems shifty. This is going to be fun to watch as we lead up to off-season.
A Side Note
Who saw Chargers' kicker Nate Kaeding going 0-3 on FG in such a huge game? I was stunned, the Chargers didn't play very well, Rivers was just OK, LT is finished and the Jets controlled the game but the Chargers still were a FG from a tie and two FG's from a win. Any other day, they win that game and I genuinely feel bad for Kaeding. That's a tough job and you know guys on his team are plenty pissed at him.
About the Author
Written by Luke Mirza