Cable is supposed to be the man with the master plan when it comes to the offensive line. After watching the Raiders lead the league in sacks allowed, I see that is far from the truth.
It was he that influenced Davis to let center Jake Grove leave town and trade for Samson Satele. Cable once said that Satele was the best offensive lineman in the 2007 draft.
The acquisition of Satele led to a drop out of the top 10 in rushing in 2009. Satele had little to nothing to do with the resurgence of the running game in 2010 because the Raiders couldn't run inside too much.
They especially couldn't between he and right guard Cooper Carlisle, who's another Cable favorite. Then the Raiders weren't able to go deep too much because the left tackle position is weak.
Cable sold rookie Jared Veldheer to Raider Nation as a future elite left tackle like a used car salesman. For those of you that are still sold on him, please take a closer look with me.
Veldheer was used at center in week one and it didn't go over too well because he hadn't played center in a long time. After that, Cable was determined to get his baby on the field and rotated him at left tackle.
Then midway through the season, he gave Veldheer the starting position. Veldheer started just 11 games on the season and gave up 10 sacks.
That's actually worse than Henderson's league leading 9.5 sacks given up last year. What really makes it worse is Veldheer took only 11 games for such a total to Henderson's 16.
Please don't say, "he's just a rookie because Joe Thomas, Jake Long, and Ryan Clady shined right away." The Raiders need an elite left tackle more than the other teams because of that vertical game.
Jared Gaither was there for the taking this offseason and the Raiders showed interest but Cable had better ideas. We will see what happens now because at 6'9, 340 pounds, Gaither is Davis' type of guy.
There were better guys on the streets this year than what the Raiders had at center and right guard too.