Tom Cable is the man who single handedly, reformed the Oakland Raiders by getting owner Al Davis to believe in a new system. A system that would bring the Raiders back into playoff contenders. A system that the players believed in. Tom Cable is a man with a the golden opportunity of going into the history books a winner.
Tom Cable has brought a new heartbeat into the Raidernation. In fact, when he was first put in charge with the release of Lane Kiffin there were many who assumed he would finish out the season and then fade into the Raiders long lost.
But then things began to change for the Oakland Raiders. To begin with was the wins. The Oakland Raiders had been slipping into darkness since the days of Jon Gruden. Tom Cable took out the Grudeneers and this won the hearts of many Raider fans.
Tom Cable however has had a lot of opportunity as the Head Coach in Oakland. In fact, his benching J. Russell and allowing a young Gradkowski to prove himself was a great step for the Raider franchise. The organization and its fans saw that there was still fire in Oakland. Gradkowski showed that with Cable coaching, there would be wins. It wasn't Cable's coaching that was hurting the team, it was J. Russell's heart because he simply didn't have one. (Tinman from Oz? )
Tom Cable now has the great opportunity of bringing in "his" team into the 2010 season. This new Oakland Raiders roster simply looks amazing. The QB controversy no longer exists. The WRs look confident and determined and at the same time are probably the fastest in the NFL.
The Oakland Raider defense has not only improved, it is a huge beast. It is filled with both veterans like Richard Seymour and rookies like Rolando McClain that will compliment each other this season. Tom Cable is the head coach of an NFL beast and if he can get this thing into the playoffs I can see him staying a Raider head coach until ..well the passing of Al Davis.
I know there are millions of fans around the world waiting for the Oakland Raiders opening game against the Tennessee Titans. We eagerly await to see if the practices and drafting has resulted in positives for the team. Has Darius Bey become a better athlete and receiver? Training is one thing, but the gridiron is another. Regardless, there is still Murphy, Higgins, and Schilens to back him up.
The main thing is that Tom Cable has undergone alot of bad publicity with the jaw breaking punches to coaches who don't behave and to the cheating ex-wife who after years, has decided to complain.
Tom Cable went through the media scrutiny and came out a winner. If this is any indicator of his focus and determination to follow though with his goals, then I to am on the Cableman's train because the man is solid.
Tom Cable doesn't stand silently as the team is pounded like Norv Turner. Nor does he try to train the QB to be what he isnt like Kiffin. QBs that come into the NFL should at least be able to throw into the backfield RB hands instead of his feet. When you think about it, Tom had to go through the Russell years and that for any coach is just impossible. Way to go Tom!
I stand behind Tom Cable and believe he came to the Raiders at a perfect time. A time when the fans had lost hope. Even now there are the ones who say we will still be third in the AFC West. Those who say we wont even be competitive. It's those that also claim to be fans but we the true know better.
To those I say never lose faith in the Silver and Black . Never lose faith in Al Davis because he is in Oakland and he also wants to win. If you wear Silver and Black you should always stand proud because when it comes to team loyalty...The Raiders represent true fandom and have been no.1 in the NFL for that loyalty.
Lastly, it would be a dream come true to coach the Oakland Raiders. I hear fans say they could do the job or that even their little sisters would be able to do it, but as far as coaching is concerned, it is not that simple. Yet to become a head coach in the NFL under Al Davis would be the top. Al Davis has put his blood into this franchise and to work with him would just be pinnacle.
Tom Cable will have a great year Raidernation. The turmoil is gone and now he can coach his way with his players. Go Oakland Raiders! I predict a record of 9-7 in 2010