The past few weeks have been long for Oakland Raider fans. The question on their minds has been "Who is going to be our next head coach?" Yesterday, that question has finally been answered. Tom Cable will be the Oakland Raiders head coach for one more year.
Here are five reasons why it is a good idea to keep Cable around:
1. Coaching stability
Stability has been the obvious problem with the head coaching position within the Oakland Raiders organization. Hopefully, with Cable remaining at coach for one more year, he can have more time to put some sort of plan into place for the team. Multiple coaches + short period of time + multiple “1-year game plans” = Oakland Raiders current position. Lets see what he can do with a year under his belt.
2. Handling Jamarcus Russell
This has endeared me to Cable for eternity. Any guy who is willing to stand up to Davis and bench “J-Bust”, is cool in my book. At this point, I believe that Russell will get his shot in training camp and the preseason, with that being the only guarantee. As Raider fans we have been growing increasingly frustrated. Think about how the people within the organization feel. They are just as frustrated and will need to do whatever is right to win this year.
If Davis had his way, Russell probably would have seen a lot more playing time this past year and Gradkowski would have most likely not received his chance to shine. Which brings me to my next point…
3. Giving players a chance
Tom Cable is giving players a chance. Russell? Benched. Gradkowski had his shot. McFadden is the big ticket draft pick and Fargas has always been somewhat solid, but this past year Michal Bush really stood out in the later parts of the year. He is getting paid a lot less than the previously mentioned backs, but I have a feeling Cable will give him a lot more touches this coming season.
The young wide receiver core is also getting their chances. The top two highest paid receivers (Hey-Bey and Walker) aren’t anywhere near the top of the depth chart. The guys being put on the field are the ones who are producing. As simple as that.
And how about on D? Tyvon Branch? Trevor Scott? These guys seem to be rising stars for our team. Both coming about under Cable’s watch. Mike Huff also has been steadily improving his play when most people were getting ready to write him off.
4. The players are behind him
The reports citing the players on how they support Tom Cable has to bring a smile to your face. After all, its not like WE are playing for him. When it comes down to it, they are the ones who truly have to believe in a coach for this thing to work. I am guessing this is a huge part of the reason as to why Al Davis decided to keep him on the ship for one more year.
5. His attitude
Any guy who is willing to punch an assistant in the face seems like a true Raider to me.
The hope is with all of this is that Tom Cable can prove his worth and stay on for many seasons to come. All of the successful teams in the NFL have stability at the head coach position. Hopefully in the near future, the Oakland Raiders will be one of those "successful" NFL teams.