Raiders Offense May Rebound With Cable

Glenn Franco Simmons@fotodifrancoAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2008

Here’s some sports trivia for Raider fans: New Oakland Interim Coach Tom Cable once blocked for just-fired Rams Coach Scot Linehan when they played for the University of Idaho Vandals.

This isn’t Cable’s first head coaching position. From 2001-2003, he was Idaho’s head coach and compiled a horrible 11-35 record for a dismissive .239 winning percentage. Not something to brag about, but Cable said today that he was young and inexperienced at 34 when he accepted that job.

Don’t let the record fool you, however, as Cable knows a thing or two about offense.

Cable’s Idaho teams moved the ball rather well, compiling an average of 424.1 yards per game.

At the University of Colorado in 1999, the Buffaloes’ offense averaged 424.9 yards per game and ranked 14th in the nation in offense.

In 2006, as the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line coach, his mentoring resulted in the Falcons leading the league in rushing.

He took his magic to the Raiders in 2007, which resulted in the Raiders finishing sixth in the NFL in rushing and inside-the-20 touchdown percentage.

More importantly, however, Cable took an underachieving Oakland offensive line that gave up 73 sacks in 2006 and molded it into a much-tougher, more-disciplined unit that gave up 41 in 2007.

Despite his promising offensive credentials, Cable has more than his share of work to do.

If he is going to turn around this team -- which has tied the horrible Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the 1980s for the worst losing record of losing at least 11 games for five consecutive seasons – he’ll need to just win baby, win.