No News is Good News for Tom Cable
Later that day, he reported that Cable would have a meeting with Al Davis on the following Monday, the purpose of firing Cable.
Then Monday came and there was no meeting. A few days had passed and finally it was announced Thursday, that the two would meet. Thursday ended with Cable smiling and waving to reporters as he left the teams facilities after a meeting with Al Davis. Many in the media speculated the two would meet again Friday, but they never did.
As of today there has yet to be an announcement from the team regarding Tom Cable. The reason for that is simple. There is no announcement to be made. Cable is under contract through the 2010 and isn't going anywhere.
For some reason, since the end of the season, Adam Schefter has claimed that sources very close to Davis have told him Tom Cable will be fired. There is only one person that is close to Davis, that's John Herrera (aka Mr. Smithers).
Herrera is more likely to punch Schefter in the face than he is to give him insider information on the Raiders.
Maybe people just assume that Cable will be fired because of Al's tendency to fire coaches after poor seasons, but I don't think that's going to happen with Cable.
Cable has been able to do something no Raider coach in recent history hasn't been able to do: get along with the owner Davis.
Every coach in recent history has butted heads with Al, but Cable seems to have Al figured out. That's why he won't be fired.
So why does Cable get along with a guy that nobody else can? Because he does as he is told.
Cable made it clear in training camp that Russell wasn't ready to be the guy at QB. Al, as we all know, thinks differently. So Cable did what the boss wanted for nine games by starting Russell.
The team was 2-7 and Russell had been playing terrible. Through the later part of those nine games Cable brought in Bruce Gradkowski a couple of times to prove to Al that the team needed a change at QB.
With Gradowski as starter, the Raiders looked like a much better team. Unfortunately Bruce was lost for the season against Washington and poor QB play haunted the Raiders the rest of the season.
The last thing this team needs is for a new coach come in and start over from scratch again. The biggest thing the team has been missing for the past seven years is continuity. You can not be successful in the NFL when you bring in a new coach every year or two.
More importantly, there is really no good candidates that would take the job. Oakland is the Wild West of NFL franchises and most coaches wouldn't touch the job with a ten foot pole.
Jim Fassel told Davis last year he would want the job. That went in one ear and out the other and Fassel was never even interviewed.
Rob Ryan has said that he would take the job. Davis seems to like Ryan, but I don't. He has one good year as defensive coordinator and that was due to the talent he had, not his coaching. The other reason I don't like Ryan is that he believes Russell will be a top tier NFL QB, which is clearly not.
Cable needs an offensive coordinator. He has way too much on his plate calling plays and trying to manage the team at the same time. With a competent QB and a good offensive coordinator this team could make the playoffs.
If Schefter thinks Cable will be fired because of his alledged "violent history" he is wrong. Cable wasn't charged in the Randy Hanson case and if the NFL was going to punish him, they would have already done so.
Tom is not perfect by any means, but this is his team. Several players have voiced their opinion and want him back. Most importantly, I think Al Davis wants him back.
I may be wrong, but trust me Raider Nation, the last thing we need is a new coach.
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