Tom Cable is gone in Oakland!
To those on the inside, this is no shock. An anonymous source close to the organization suggested earlier in the season that Cable’s job was dependant on the progress made this season.
6-0 in the AFC West and the first none losing season in years, were both indications of great improvement, however, are these stats directly attributed to Cable? Or if it were up to Cable and fate, would things have happened differently?
Before the 2010 season started, Al Davis brought in Jason Campbell, saying "I see this young Jason Campbell as a football player like I saw Jim Plunkett. He has everything. He was 13-0 in college at Auburn. He can throw up the field, he can run, he's big, he's smart." But, insiders believe that Tom Cable had a different agenda.
After Campbell led the Raiders on their first 3 game winning streak in 8 years, Cable was reluctant to name Campbell the starter.
On November 10th, ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson reported that a Raiders source said, "Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn't see the need to change when things are going well. He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders style of play."
Regardless of Davis’ opinion, Cable reverted to Gradkowski and the Raiders fell to Miami, at home, in a game that the Raiders should have won.
In the Raiders six (6) wins over their AFC West conference foes, Campbell led the team to victory, producing 8 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. If it were Cable’s decision, Gradkowski would have been the starter in those 6 games, not Campbell, which questions Cable’s decision-making.
So to suggest that it was Cable’s brilliant mind that guided the Raiders to a 6-0 record in the AFC West is highly questionable. Rather, I suggest, it was an offense instructed by Hue Jackson and led by Jason Campbell that averaged over 35 points a game in division play that led to the 6 wins.
When asked about the dismissal of Cable, Campbell commented, "I think it probably came down to the relationship between Mr. Davis and coach Cable and their view on things and how they saw things."
Most insiders knew that Davis preferred Campbell, while Cable preferred Gradkowski. Cable denied the allegation earlier in the season, but his orchestration of the quarterback carousel confirmed his preference of Gradkowski, which suggests Cable’s ineptness in evaluating talent, which is a fundamental role of a 'Head Coach.'
As a wise NFL guru once said, “a head coach lives and dies by his quarterback.”
And, in this case, Cable’s tenure faded with the declaration of praise, the cry of salvation, the shouts of hosanna towards a quarterback, Gradkowski, who proved not to be a guiding star, rather a glimmer of illusion.