Trains of Thought in Oakland: Davis Wants Russell, What about Cable?

Raider Card AddictSenior Writer IJanuary 22, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09:  Starting quarterback Joey Harrington #13 of the Atlanta Falcons shares some words with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson during warm up prior to facing the Minnesota Vikings during week one NFL action at the Metrodome on September 9, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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As the coaching circus exists in Oakland, more and more names are thrown out for consideration.

Some fall by the wayside and others say they are not interested, as is the case of Jim Harbaugh. They also don't feel it's good form, considering Oakland has a coach, as Jim Fassel pointed out.

Marc Trestman's agent pretty much made it clear his client is staying put too...that's three choices down.

The next option, though, was interesting because he can fill two sets of shoes. Hue Jackson from the Ravens was helpful in bringing up Joe Flacco for the team, and when approached by the Raiders, the Ravens allowed Oakland permission to talk with the coach.

Could he be the key to solving JaMarcus Russell? Could he replace Tom Cable?

There has been a lot of speculation Al Davis was told by Tom Cable to find coaches who would fit and help the team progress. These same pieces could be laying groundwork, so that if Cable has a second bad full-season, he could be gone by midseason, with Hue Jackson sliding into the head-coaching slot.

Another name that has been tossed around should be familiar to the Raider Nation, as Mike Waufle has been mentioned as a possible defensive line coach. He helped the Raiders from 1998 to 2003, a decent stretch during which the Raiders had success stopping the run.

Granted his task, should he accept it, would be working with the existing pieces and not pillaging the league for aging vets.

What thisputs the team in an interesting position. First off, does Al ask coaching candidates if they can help JaMarcus Russell get back on track?

If the candidate says "no," he is probably thrown out of the building without so much as a cup of coffee.

Secondly, do the candidates have an idea how to get the team into a winning position. If the first question doesn't scare off a potential adviser, the second surely might.

Al Davis still wants his pet project to work, even as bad as Russell was last year. It begs the question, if everyone tells Davis that Russell won't work, will he fire Tom and try to coach from his walker, or will he name John Herrera as coach?

As it stands, Oakland has one deadline with which Davis will want to work. With college football's East-West Shrine Game, it would make sense for Oakland's coaches and scouts to be there looking for possible talent.

It would make sense for Al to get a group of coaches and scouts there, to gauge what players can help the club in the future.

But then, sometimes logic doesn't work in the world of Al Davis.