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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
Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

The Raiders may not be a factor again until Al Davis is no longer the owner




Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Cable is  a common thug and belongs in jail rather than being in a position of associating with vulnerable young men. In this case, crazy man Davis got it right but for the wrong reasons. One hopes that Cable is never afforded an opportunity to be involved in coaching ever again.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Cable Is a Genius, This Guy is Not

Actually THIS comment is what is wrong with America.  
Seriously, if you asked Vince Lombardi to coach the Blind Sisters of the Poor to the NFL Championship and he failed does that make him a bad coach?  
If you were actually paying attention the last 10 years you would realize what an train wreck the Raiders organization has been.  Cable comes in and cleans it up, and turns the team into a winner.  That is worthy!
If this was the Colts organization that relative improvement would likely result in a Super Bowl championship as you're building on a strong foundation.  For the Raiders 8-8 is a freakin' miraculous achievement on top of that shaky foundation.  
Get real.   Cable was the best thing going in Oakland.  Look for a slide back to 4-12 next season.  This firing is a mistake all the way!



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

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


This comment is what is wrong with America. Guy goes 8-8 and we should celebrate this. This weak mentality is what lead to Participation Trophy for every kid who trots his fat arse out on the little league field. 

Al had expectations and they weren't met by Cable. Cable gets fired. End of story. We should applaud Al for not settling for Cable and trying to improve, instead we bash him? Weak.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

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


This comment is what is wrong with America. Guy goes 8-8 and we should celebrate this. This weak mentality is what lead to Participation Trophy for every kid who trots his fat arse out on the little league field. 

Al had expectations and they weren't met by Cable. Cable gets fired. End of story. We should applaud Al for not settling for Cable and trying to improve, instead we bash him? Weak.



Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

I heard Art Shell is available



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

First off, Cable was NOT fired. His contract was not renewed. There's a big difference. Secondly, he should've never been handed the riegns in the first place. His record as a head coach is horrible. His game planning is awful. I'd have to say he had very little to do with this year's improvement. That was a result of Hue Jackson taking over as offensive coordinator and actually understanding how to best use the talent at hand. Cable should thank his lucky stars the Raiders gave him a chance and Jackson to pad his head coaching record which was below .300 in college and pros combined until this season. Good riddance is what I say. Now they may actually have a chance to compete again.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:40 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

dcRaider knows what he is talking about.

Finally a post that makes sense.

Tom Cable DID NOT turn the around.  The Raiders have had a ton of talent for several years.  Here are the things that made a difference for the Raiders.

They got rid of JaMarcus Bustle and started any quarterback other than JaMarcus.

They brought in an Offensive Coordinator that knew how to call plays. Tom Cable was one of the worst play callers of all time.

managed to stay healthy for the majority of the season.

The talent that has been on the roster for a while finally played up to their ability. The play calling helped this happen.
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Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:23 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

5-10 was good enough for him to come back but 8-8 isnt. Not hard to imagine why...this is the same guy that got rid of Jon Gruden a year before he won the super bowl.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:17 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

So all those things you mentioned that lead to losses aren't enough to get rid of Cable? Hell the Cards and 49ers are two of the worst teams in the league and losing to them IMO are worthy of not picking up his extension. Look, bottom line Cable is not worth the money we'd be paying him over the next 2 years. Once he lands as an O-line coach elsewhere everyone will come to that realization. Anyone who thinks he'll land a HC postion in the NFL is on crack. Thats great that he got the team to rally together, but THAT'S PART OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION!!!! As a head coach in the NFL thats a requrirement, and if thats his best asset then its not enough. Cable himself has admitted that he's not a playcaller. Which, he is dead on about that. Let's not forget when he was calling plays two seasons ago, and he sent in that God awful fake FG which requried Jano to run 5 yds for a first down. I think even Jano looked at Cable like he was crazy that day. This was our year to go to the playoffs and Al Davis knew it. Coming up short this year is dire when your schedule consists of the worst division in the NFL(NFC West), two of the most overrated teams in the NFL this year(SD, KC) and also includes teams like the Titans(6-10), Texans(6-10), Jaguars(8-8), and Dolphins(7-9). Davis' standards were high this year. Which they should have been. Next year it won't be a cake walk with the NFC North, and AFC East


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