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Tom Cable has always been a Raider fan growing up in the state of Washington. He followed the Raiders no matter what there record was and what he was doing.
He, like me, fell in love with the "old style, hard nosed Raider football" with the likes of Jack "The Assassin" Tatum and Kenny Stabler. After last years fiasco, he saw an opportunity to pursue his "dream job" and finish what a young head coach messed up.
He did the best he could and ended on a positive note by beating the Texans and the Buccaneers, both being knocked out of the playoffs. In those two wins, Al Davis decided to give Cable the head coaching job and it wasn't until after the SB it was official.
You see, Cable lost his father before he was appointed the head coach, and Al Davis gave him the time off he needed. Now Cable has a year to dedicate to his beloved father, who he learned from and was raised by.