So the news we have all been waiting for has arrived. No one knew what Mr. Davis was going to decide except for his closest people, but now we are in the light. (Well not exactly official yet because they say that they are still evaluating Tom Cable)
Tom Cable, the Oakland Raiders' coach that has thus far been 9-19, is going to stay one more year with the Oakland Raiders to finish out his contract. This will be the first time since Bill Callahan that there has been a coach in Oakland for more than 2 years. I think that this is the one thing that has been Oakland's biggest problem. There hasn't been any consistency in the coaching for the players to respond to. There has to be time for growth with the playbook and the players to build a foundation for them to grow on.
I'm not saying that Mr. Davis was wrong in all the firing and hiring that has occurred. He had just reasons for firing all of them. Most of them couldn't do anything to help the team or even get them to respond to their leadership. Which leads us to Tom Cable.
Tom Cable had a season sort of like Norv Turner, but unlike Norv Turner, Tom Cable has the backing of his players such as Pro-Bowler, Nnamdi Asomugha. This shows tons of growth with the team. For the first time since 2003 the players are responding to how the coach works. With this slight bit of continuity the Raiders can grow upon a foundation
But What do the Raiders do next to get ready for next year?
The Raiders need to get an offensive coordinator. Tom Cable has enough on his plate already and can't handle the whole offense to the best of its potential. It is said that Hue Jackson has been interviewed for potentially this position, which could also help Jamarcus Russell flourish into what he should be.
Get an o-line. Its pretty much as basic as that. If you have a stonewall o-line then even a lousy quarterback can get something done. The o-line suffered no matter who was quarterback. The only difference was which quarterback could scramble for his life better.
Decide on who will start at running back. This is what I would like to see happen with the running game in Oakland; Justin Fargas gets about 60% of the carries, Michael Bush gets about 30% of the carries, and Darren McFadden get about 10% of rushing categories, but go out as a slot receiver a whole lot more (where he was most effective in 2009).
Get the Quarterback situation under control. I, myself, think that Jamarcus Russell has the potential for greatness, but he is inexperienced and seems to lack the motivation right now. If that does not change in the offseason and training camp, then Bruce Gradkowski should start as the quarterback.
The Raiders need to get a stronger linebacker to fill in the gaps for the run. I feel that Morrison and Howard are good, but not that good. If they fix this position the run defense should be solid.
Clone Nnamdi Asomugha. If we did this then we could replace Johnson and Rout with a top pro-bowler, but sadly these things aren't that easy.
Keeping Tom Cable another year is a sign that the Oakland Raiders are on track for next year, but there still needs to be some fixes on the roster if we want to succeed next year.