It's Time for the Raiders To Fire Tom Cable and Go Back To the Drawing Board
Why is it that so many Raider fans still blindly support head coach Tom Cable?
Do they completely disregard accusations of abuse and the Randy Hanson attack?
Do they not see the plays being called or how our team is unprepared for opponents nearly every week?
Does a clear history of violence and losing mean nothing?
Through six years of being a head coach in college and in the NFL, Cable's abilities have always been sub-par. Last year as an interim head coach he was 4-8. With three games left in the 2009 season, we're already 4-9. Absolutely no improvement whatsoever from one year to the next.
As a head coach in college for the Utah Vandals, Cable never broke the .500 mark as his best season was 5-6. His overall record was a dismal 11-35.
Sure some would argue that it was a lousy football program to begin with. But Cable did nothing to improve it and is actually the only head coach to be fired in the team's history.
So if Cable is even a decent coach, please explain to me how he was the only coach ever to be fired from such a lousy program.
I'll tell you how, because he isn't a decent coach.
A few weeks ago when asked why Chaz Schilens wasn't starting, Cable came up with some nonsense about how the X,Y, and Z receivers are completely different positions and aren't interchangeable.
In case you didn't know, X receivers are split-ends, they line up on the line of scrimmage. Z receivers are flankers and the Y receivers plays the slot.
So what he is saying is Johnnie Lee Higgins and Darrius Heyward-Bey, the two X receivers, are both incapable of playing in the flanker or slot.
Wait, isn't the slot where Higgins has had the most success?
Sorry Tom Cable, but you are an idiot. Sanjay Lal, Louis Murphy, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Chaz Schilens all disputed what you said.
All the receivers said the two positions run the same routes and because they've played both positions in the past, they could easily play both now.
Next time Tom Cable lies to his fans he should come up with a lie that won't be disputed by one of his assistants and his whole receiving corps.
Then there's the play calling, which has been horrible all season. Cable has received criticism from his players, including Mario Henderson and Justin Fargas, for not sticking to the run and giving up on it too early.
His lack of commitment in the run game has been a big part of the offense's struggles.
With Justin Fargas, Michael Bush, and Darren McFadden in the backfield, it makes absolutely no sense that Cable insists on passing 35 times a game. It's not like he has Peyton Manning or Drew Brees at QB.
Without respect for the run and knowledge of Cable's insistence on passing, defenders and defensive coordinators get put in a pass-rush mode. This is the reason for the constant pressure and sacks on Raider QBs.
This is the reason Raider QBs are hammered by defenders nearly every time they release the ball. And it is the reason Bruce Gradkowski went down with two knee injuries after only two-and-a-half games.
Cable is completely clueless on what to do when backed up against his own end zone. You'd think it would be simple, just run up the middle and create yourself some space to work with.
On one occasion when backed up his own three-yard line he called three consecutive pass plays with his receivers running vertical routes. Guess what? It didn't work out.
On another occasion, the Raiders were on their one-yard line. Cable calls a stretch play to the outside. By the time Fargas got the ball, three yards deep in the end zone, there were already defenders on him as he was tackled for a safety.
If you call plays like that then you have no business as a play-caller or head coach at any level, let alone in the NFL.
I guess that explains why the Vandals fired him.
Then there's Cable's coaching staff. I'm not going to debate whether or not Cable actually had a part in hiring them but they are garbage.
The O-line can't block, the receivers can't catch, and Rich Gannon's recent comments tell the story on Raiders QB coach Paul Hackett.
Earlier this season Gannon said that JaMarcus Russell has the potential to be a great QB, he just has to want it. Over the last week Gannon has said he has been trying to reach out to Russell, but hasn't received a response.
Gannon is offering to tutor Russell in his own time, free of charge. So either Gannon still sees potential in Russell or he wants to see first hand if Russell is hopeless.
But Russell already has Paul Hackett, you know the guy supposedly responsible for the development of Joe Montana, Steve Young, Rich Gannon, Jeff Garcia, and Bruce Gradkowski. So how could Gannon help?
Clearly, Gannon thinks Hackett isn't doing his job and he could do a better job. Either Hackett just isn't trying with Russell or is just no longer capable.
The current Raiders staff doesn't have Gannon vote of confidence at all. As earlier this season Gannon said the Raiders just need to blow up the building and start from scratch.
Al Davis needs to listen to his former MVP QB and just clean house.
Cable is a clear cut loser of a head coach, always has been, and the idea that he could change that next year is just wishful thinking.
And with a loser head coach at the helm of the Raiders, they will not be able to change their losing ways. It is time for the Raiders to part ways with Tom Cable and hire a real head coach who is capable of putting together a winning season.
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