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Calling All the Shots: Tom Cable's First Year in Oakland

Is it just me, or does it seem as though Al Davis is taking a backseat on this one? I personally believe he sees the positives in Tom Cable's work ethic, his demeanor and his passion for the organization.

There is no doubt what-so-ever, that Darrius Heyward-Bey is a straight-up "grade A" Al Davis draft pick. After him, however, it seems the rest of the draft belonged to Tom Cable and his staff.

In fact, if I was a betting man, I would put money on the concept that Tom and his staff went out and found Al height, weight, speed criteria type players who also had heart, character, and strong work ethics.

It seems as though Al has been absent from most of the mini-camps and OTA activities. If I'm not mistaken, he's been seen at only one.

All the signings and the releases this year seem to have Tom's spin on them too, right up to and including coaching staff. We all know of Al's long "love affair" with Rob Ryan, but as soon as Cable comes, all of a sudden Ryan is gone?

You have to respect Cable for the second half of last year, his coaching philosophy (Team First: just be where you are supposed to be, doing your job, and everything else falls into place), and you have to respect that he grew up watching and loving the Raiders organization.

There is no doubt that Al hired the right guy for the job. This man understands the way that Mr. Davis, as Tom always calls him, operates. He understands the owner, he respects the owner, and he plays to the owners heart strings.

While doing all of the above things, he still manages to get his job done like a good coach is supposed to.

He still manages to get what he wants out of the deal, as well as what Big Al wants.

Last but not least, he makes us think that Al Davis might not be so crazy, after all.

This is a look at Cable's accomplishments so far for this team; a list that I will hopefully be adding to by the time the playoffs roll around.

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