Oakland Raiders: Let's Give the Cable Guy a Little Credit

jackson chesherContributor IDecember 8, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable argues with side judge Barry Anderson during their game against the Denver Broncos at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 27, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's been a bumpy road for Tom Cable during his time as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Cable joined the Raiders in 2007 as an offensive line coach under Lane Kiffin. 

After four games into the 2008 season, he inherited a 1-3 team after Lane Kiffin was fired for cause.  

The Raiders went 4-8 under Cable, going 3-3 in the last six games of the season. Al Davis gave Cable the full-time job after the season.

Cable received criticism for his first-round draft pick of Darrius Heyward-Bey, but any Raiders fan knows that was Al's decision. 

Then, in August, an investigation began after assistant Randy Hanson claimed Cable had broken his jaw. The media was all over the situation. 

Not soon after, "Outside the Lines" did a story about three women who claim to have been abused by Cable.

There has been talk all year of Cable being fired.  I personally don't think it will happen, nor do i think it should happen.

Lane Kiffin was fired because he defied Davis. 

Cable is smart, he knows that to keep his job he has to do what his boss wants. 

Do you think Cable really thought JaMarcus was the answer at quarterback?

No, but Al did, and he makes all the decisions.

Luckily for the Raider Nation, Cable was eventually able to change Al's mind by benching Russell against the Jets and Chiefs

In those games, Bruce Gradkowski came in and gave the offense a spark. 

In Week 11, Cable convinced him that Bruce should start, and we are 2-1 since, including wins over good teams.

Cable has respect in the locker room. The players want to play for him. 

He is working with a lot of young, inexperienced players. It's gonna take time, but Cable is turning the Raiders around.

As far as all the controversy goes, it's not like the guy is some violent animal. 

He admitted to making a mistake 20-some years a go by laying hands on his wife after he found out she had cheated on him. 

The other two women's stories didn't seem to have much credibility. 

He was never charged with anything in the Randy Hanson case. 

To be quite honest with you, as a Raiders fan, I like the fact that our head coach broke someone's jaw for running his mouth. 

It's that mentality that made the Raiders feared by the whole league back in the '70s and '80s. 

It's like Robert Gallery said after the story had just broke, "We're the Raiders.  Someone gets knocked out everyday."

I'm not saying Cable is perfect, his play calling isn't the greatest. 

I really think if they got an good offensive coordinator in there (no, not Charlie Weis), we would be OK.

He does deserve credit though. He was the one who cut Jeff Garcia in favor of Bruce Gradkowski. 

After being stuck with the worst quarterback in the NFL for the first 10 weeks, he got his man in there and has gotten the results he was looking for.