Behind The Patch: January 23, 2010

Josh BroudyCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after losing to the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Of note:

ESPN is reporting that Tom Cable will be retained. More on this later in the blog.

Aaron Welch, and quality control coaches Bert Leone (defense) and Rich Scangarello (offense) were let go.

Stat of the day:

Shane Lechler had an average of 51 yards a punt. That is four yards above San Francisco's Andy Lee. 

Top article(s) of the day:

Candid Cam Inman (Oakland Tribune): Cable's 'return' isn't shock . Tomorrow will be a better day for articles, when more reporters react to the Tom Cable latest twist.

Thought(s) of the day: 

I wasn't surprised the Raiders decided (or are in the process of) retaining Tom Cable. Who would hire a new defensive line coach before you fire the head coach. It would've been weird if the Raiders really did this, but hey it's the Raiders. But back to Cable.

He did a decent job last year. But that's the problem. It was decent meaning: okay, but not good enough. The Raiders had some great wins (I was there for the Philly game), but they played down to the level of competition too many times. The only way Tom Cable is retained next year is if he challenges for a playoff spot. 

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