Okay, I'm Calling It! Cable Will Be Back!

jeff rhorerContributor IJanuary 23, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders looks on before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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   Many people around the league thought Tom Cable was done as the Raiders Head Coach as soon as the regular season ended. Three weeks later there has been no official news from the organization regarding his fate. Although the old adage of "no news is good news" would seem to pull in favor of Cable retaining his job, we know that Al Davis is secretive and unpredictable. The failure of Jamarcus Russell to become a NFL caliber quarterback and allegations of abuse of Randy Hanson and the ex-girlfriend, exwife, has not been favorable to his retention. 5-11 has never been acceptable to Al Davis or the Raider Nation. To Cables credit he never let these problems distract him from his mission to focus and prepare for each game. This professionalism and energy has been picked up by the rest of the team and they never quit on him, even when there was nothing to gain but pride in playing all out. These allegations have now fallen by the wayside as there has been no credible evidence brought forth to back up these claims, while Cable proved he can put together a winning team with a decent quarterback at the helm. Al Davis has had a lot to think about in his decision on whether or not Cable stays.

   Tom Cable will continue to be Head Coach of the Raiders!

   If you think about it, it all adds up to Cable staying. First off is the way the team backs their coach up, nearly unanimous. His ability to get wins without Russell blowing the games, and his guys never quitting at the end of the season. Big plus. Then after meeting with Davis, Cable books off without talking to the press. Typical Al Davis secrecy pact, showing a lot of work behind the scenes. Rumours of head coaching interviews being denied by the coaches and the organization. BUT the biggest tip is that Al Davis seems to be putting together a Cable friendly staff of coaches to shore up Cable. By taking a lot of the workload off of him it gives him the best chance to win. Al Davis just hired Mike Waufle to coach the defensive line, the same Mike Waufle that worked with Cable for six years at Cal Berkley, and from 1998-2003 in Oakland as an assistant. The Raiders also admitted they have been talking to Hue Jackson to come in as an assistant coach, presumably as offensive coordinator. He too worked with Cable and Waufle at Cal and has been the Quarterbacks coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

   When  you put it all together it doesn't just add up to Cable being back, it pretty much calls it down from the mountaintop that is AL DAVIS. I know that I'm sticking my neck out by being the first to proclaim it but............


   I guarantee it.