Its pretty obvious that the Oakland Raiders will never find another coaching great like former HOF, John Madden. Al Davis has dismissed Tom Cable and promoted Hue Jackson to head Coach making Hue the seventh coach to be hired in a decade. This strategy has so far been costly to the Silver and Black.
Many predicted that this would be the outcome for Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable and it appears that they were correct. Cable will not be the head coach for the Oakland Raiders as Al Davis will not pick up his contract. It would appear that Hue Jackson was brought into Oakland for the sole purpose of learning the team this season and then take over as the head coach in Oakland.
So what message does it send out to the Oakland Raiders players. This is typical Raider madness. You have a coach that accepted a position no one wanted. Tom Cable agrees to turn this team around and has success. Could it possibly have been the eight wins this season? The Oakland Raiders players made it known that they approved of what Tom Cable was doing but when it comes down to it, Al Davis has the final word.
Well, Raider Nation, here we go again. Tom Cable's removal means that the Oakland Raiders will have gone through six head coaches in a decade. The list alongside their win percentage goes like this: Jon Gruden .594, Bill Callahan .469, Norv Turner .281, Art Shell .125, Lane Kiffin .250, Tom Cable .386 and now Hue Jackson.
Cable had been doing a fine job and it seemed that since JaMarcus Russell's release the team improved greatly. It definitely had a lot to do with Cable's .386 stat. Cable was limited and still managed to get a few wins with the worst QB in NFL history.
Is owner Al Davis making a mistake this year? As he gets older is he rushing the team for another Super Bowl win before his time on earth is over? Would former great John Madden have lasted under Al Davis this past decade? The Oakland Raiders are on track to get to a Super Bowl as every position is held by key players i.e. Rolando McClain, Richard Seymour, Nnamndi Asomugha and Zach Miller.
The Oakland Raiders could still use a veteran wide receiver and release the inconsistent and injury plagued wide receivers Darrius Heyward Bey and Chaz Schilens. Al Davis may have plans to replace both, leaving Jackson choices at the NFL draft and free agency. The move to dismiss Tom Cable may be so Hue can focus on the offense which is dire need of reliable hands.
Free agency WRs in 2011 are Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Santonio Holmes, even Danny Amendola. Anyone of those players would excel in Oakland especially since the running attack is virtually unstoppable. The combination of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush is punishing to defenses. Marcel Reece has also proved to be successful in the backup.
Speaking of free agency, Oakland Raiders TE Zach Miller will become a free agent next season. Miller has been a key target for QB Jason Campbell. The Oakland Raiders will need to restructure his contract.
Jackson's experience as a head coach stem from California. He was the offense coordinator for the Cal Bears in 1996, then the following year went to USC to coach the Trojans from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, Hue Jackson began his NFL coaching career as the running backs coach for the Washington Redskins.
Jackson remained with the Redskins until 2004, where he coached the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiving corps. He then spent one year, 2007, with the Atlanta Falcons as the offensive coordinator and his last two years has been quarterback coach for the Baltimore Ravens—pretty impressive resume, actually.
Tom Cable's release was shocking for a lot of fans including myself. It seemed he was moving the silver and black in the right direction and he had the loyalty of the team.
Jackson will now have the reins, and hopefully this is the correct move. It would be unfortunate if Jackson does more damage than good to a team that looked like it was getting its act together. Jackson also had some bad play calling and there an old saying: "If its working fine now, why try to improve on it?"
The system appears to be working fine except for the small mistakes during the season—the Janikowski missed field goal, the Jaguars' return to win the game in the last minutes and the poor play in San Francisco. All three losses had nothing to do with the coaching and the Oakland Raiders could be playing this weekend.
Wins in those games would have put the Raiders 11-5. Would Davis still release Cable under those circumstances? It seems that many of the fans saw Cable's season in the same perspective.
Davis has made the call and as a fan of the Oakland Raiders I will expect an improved team with fewer penalties, completed passes and red zone scoring in the 2011 season.
Hue Jackson has been put into a great situation as far as the roster is concerned. Congratulations to Jackson on the promotion and to Tom Cable we are very thankful that you took a job no one wanted and helped the Oakland Raiders get that much closer to the Super Bowl.