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Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 12:08 am
You know how people used to excuse Manny Ramirez's excesses by saying, "That's Manny being Manny?" Well, that's kind of how I see the Tom Cable firing. It's the Raiders being the Raiders, and there's not much more you can say about it.

Firing him after last season made more sense than firing him now. I mean, Cable demonstrated this year that he had something that recent Raiders' head coaches do not -- namely, a clue -- and that he could make the club a factor again. So he beat every team in the AFC West, then beat them again, and hung the only home loss on Kansas City in the season finale.

That should have earned him a parade at Jack London Square. Instead, it got him fired.

Just when it looks as if Oakland has things figured out, it goes out and does something like this. It's not shocking. It's not perplexing. It's not inconceivable. It's the Raiders being the Raiders. Nothing more. No one can expect or explain a lot of what happens in Oakland, and, just a hunch, but you think it has something to do with Al Davis?

All of those with their hands raised go to the head of the class.

Rumors persist that the Raiders will hire offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their next head coach, and that makes sense ... which, of course, means they probably won't. I wouldn't be surprised if former Giants' coach Jim Fassel was in the mix (his son currently works with the team) or that former Minnesota and Arizona head coach Denny Green gets a sniff.

Me? I hope the Raiders do what they should have done years ago and give two-time Grey Cup winner Marc Trestman -- a former Oakland assistant -- an opportunity to interview for the job. He worked with Davis. He admires the guy. And he called the plays for that 2002 Oakland team that went to the Super Bowl. Oh, yeah, he's also a successful head coach, going to the Grey Cup in each of his three years with Montreal and winning it the past two seasons.

Nobody will give Trestman a shot in this country, with the University of Miami passing on him as its head coach, which means he's the ideal candidate for Oakland. And the reason: Yep, it's the Raiders being the Raiders.

Tom Cable did a terrific job with them. He returned respectability to the Raiders and made them matter again. For the first time in years the Raiders were an opponent that deserved your attention, which means for the first time in years they were relevant -- and hallelujah. It's about time. I don't know why he was canned, but I know someone who does. And he's not talking.

So my explanation: See Manny Ramirez.
Category: NFL

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:08 am

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

I don't like Cable. When he went off and broke an assistant coach's jaw for no reason I thought he should have been sent packing immedietly. He looks like a big fat mean hog, the kind you would see shooting out of towner's in some backward deep south town. The Raider's need someone with at least a touch of class, the guy is a scumbag. This is the best coach firing I have ever seen.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:37 pm

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Al Davis is a legendary owner, but this seemed like a very ill-advised move. You would think sweeping the AFC West would have saved him his job, but that really only carries weight when you earn a playoff spot. This team was exciting to watch for most of the season, certainly a surprise after witnessing the Raiders of the last half decade. Hopefully Cable gets another shot at a head coaching gig in the NFL, because he certainly made the proverbial sh*t smell like roses, for one season at least.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:00 pm

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

I am very sad to see Cable go.  I love Al Davis and all that he has done for the team (prior to the 2000's), but he has to be horizontal before this team gets any respect.   Cable was a no B.S. dude, so much so, he even broke the jaw of a guy who was sitting down.  This team needed a guy like that, literally a smash-mouth dude.  The team reflected that this season.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:48 am

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

I cannot believe most of the idiotic comments that are coming from people on here.  The majority of Raider fans are justifying why Cable was terrible and that he needed to be gone.  What a joke!   Look at the comments from fans of other teams in that division.  They are glad Cable is gone, but for different reasons.  The Raiders are going to go right back to being terrible again.  It is really sad.  8-8 is not a winning season for sure, but for the Raiders it is a miracle for the ages.  That team has been in shambles for years with the ridiculous drafts until recently and the free agent signings from the past that were a joke.  Make all of the excuses that you want for Cable being fired.  It was a poor decision made by the organization,  and only shows even more why Al needs to sell and go find a patio to relax on til he is gone.  Loved him for years and will always be a raider fan at heart, but as usual the organization snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.  Good luck Tom Cable.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:18 am

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Cable was a thug -- and how come he and nobody else could really say what happened during that coaches brawl?  How pathetic.  He came off as a common thug who was physically violent, and then a few cases from the past with the women incidents came out.  Coincidence?  Or was he guilty of something back then?  Most photos of him, people think "wow - don't mess with that dude or he'll come after you!"  I can see that coaches who were there were simply afraid to talk.  Cable knows what happened but he's being tight lipped -- like a moron.  People were hurt -- fix the effin problem, jerk!  And you are the head coach?  I hope there are more invesitgations. Cable is a clown, a liar, and I'm glad raiders are moving on.  

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:02 pm

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Try and win a playoff game before you talk trash about other teams..............................


Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:47 pm

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

@RaidersRoc11 is right.  What's so impressive about a team that beat the same 3 teams twice this season, only to win 2 more games against 10 other teams? (Go ahead Clark, I'll wait while you get the calculator and the schedule to check that.)  All their division wins mean is 1) they got very lucky, and 2) it's an anomaly that was only made possible by playing these teams so many times over the years they actually knew how to defend what was coming. But don't forget KC had their foot on their throat in Oak, only to grossly underestimate Jacoby Ford towards the end.  

BTW, Clark, what's with the BS on the U of M reference?  In case you haven't heard, the U chose Al Golden.  Most folks in the PA area know golden for two things: 1) turning a woeful Temple program around, 2) the supposed heir apparent to Joe Paterno's job. But the U got lucky. Since Paterno announced he'll coach until he dies, Golden figured there's no way he'd wait another 100 years for that job.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:29 pm

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

So going 6-0 in your division and finishing at 8-8 and 3rd in the division is a successful season?  Losing to Arizona, Houston, Miami, San Francisco and Tennesee should be considered progress?  I see.  Cable had brought as far as he was going to, Hue Jackson will be the next HC and will get us over the hump.  Jackson is a better version of Cable with alot better offensive mind.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 7:36 pm

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Tom Cable was absolutely terrible as a head coach in college football, 11-35, with 5 of those wins coming in 1 of 4 seasons. He was terrible in Oakland and only kept his job last year because the players loved him. The only reason the Raiders had success this year was because Al Davis was wise enough to yank Cable's play calling responsibility and replaced him with an offensive coordinator.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 5:59 pm

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

No one is bigger than Al Davis.  Any time a coach or player starts getting bigger than Jumpsuit Al, they have to go.  Commitment to Excellence, unless it's at Al's expense.  As a Chiefs fan, I hope Al lives forever.

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