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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.
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Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:46 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Hey Al, before you die and meet Darth Vadar in the after-life, please just do the Raider Nation a huge favor and throw us a big bone.  Just offer Gruden $6 million-$7 milluion a year and bring him back to the mothership in Oakland!

Unfortunately, no big name wants anything to do with Al Davis. He just needs to die first .



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:46 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

There are 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL.  Cable turned around a franchise in chaos.  I can't believe it either, especially after last year's shenanigans, but give credit where it is due.  Cable did what Marvin Lewis (a good coach) did last year, swept a division, and SD and KC were decent teams, not pushovers.  Remember Campbell in Washington?  Average, to above with some bad games sprinkled in.  Gradkowski was a TB throwaway.  Division qb's?  Orton, who was on his way to 4000 yds until JM got fired, Cassel, second year in with a coach and coodinator who knew him, played at a pro-bowl caliber in NE, and Rivers, arguably top 5 caliber in the NFL.  I hate the Raiders (Seahawk fan since 77) but Cable righted a swiftly tilting ship, and they just took a step back.  I figured them for 10 wins next year, now I give them 6.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:23 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

OK, so let me get this straight...you think Tom Cable led the Raiders revival? You think going 6-0 in the division and not making playoffs is progress. Heck, the Raiders did not even finish second in their division. The Raiders finished 3rd in the West and went 2-8 out of the division and the only two teams they beat were Seattle 7-9 and the Rams 7-9. The Raiders collapsed and cost themselves the playoffs. Hugh Jackson is the change, the players growing together is the change, John Marshall being free to let the defense blitz is change. Jason Campbell coming to the team is change. Tom Cable did absolutely nothing to make this team better and in fact likely kept the from the post-season through his lack of professional head coaching ability. Wasn't he an offensive line coach? Wasn't he a head coach at Idaho... look up his record as a coach 11-35. It is laughable at best. Campbell's 85 passer ratings versus J-Walrus's 20 is a difference maker, the FA signings and draft made the difference and the Raiders will be much improved when we put a real coach at the helm. Bring on Hugh, later Cable guy. Don't let the door hit ya on the way out, but we all know you throw the punches coach. Let me know one thing this guy did other than let the players play...oh yeah Jack! A good coach gets players to play consistently week in and week out and has discipline. The Raiders of 2010 finished in the top 5 in all-time penalty yards in a season.By the way, the worst part about the Raiders team is the offensive line, good job from a former lineman and line coach. how about the fact that this year Cable turned over the offensive play calling to Jackson. Oh wait that didn't make the difference, it was Cable. You guys are right. Cable was the difference. By letting the players do what they want and having someone else call the plays we improved. By Cable doing nothing, we did better. Seriously, you guys have no idea what makes a team better, or where the credit should be given. I am so shocked that anyone thinks this guy should stick around.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:23 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

FINALLY they got rid of the worthless Idaho Vandal scum that was holding the Raiders back....Cable was the coach the last few garbage years too, you know.  The difference this year was Hue.  That is why is still there and Tom is not.

 

LMAO, typical Raider fan. You don't know a good thing even if it slaps you in the face. Good luck with Hue and another 5 years in the gutter, lol.

Hue wasn't the difference, it was Cable putting his foot down and telling Al, the team won't win with Jamarcus at the healm. Of course Al was pissed, but Cable told him like it is, that's probably why he was fired. He's not a yes man, now Al can hire a real puppet like Hue to run this team, lol!





Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:10 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

FINALLY they got rid of the worthless Idaho Vandal scum that was holding the Raiders back....Cable was the coach the last few garbage years too, you know.  The difference this year was Hue.  That is why is still there and Tom is not.




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:08 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

I don't understand it.  After last year, everyone half-expected Cable to get fired, it didn't happen.  He starts to turn the team around, going 8-8 AND sweeping the division, yet he gets fired.  It makes no sense.  The team is making strides the last two years, and you fire the guy that the team likes to play for and the guy that's been turning it around.  I don't get it. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:51 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Unless CHUCKY returns or Old Man River can get Bill Cowher, or perhaps even John Fox to come on board. This move will go down as a ridiculous Al Davis move.

I wish I could say that I'm surprised or shocked, but damnit AL we went 8-8 this year our best campaign in 8 years. WTF



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:47 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

Hey Al, before you die and meet Darth Vadar in the after-life, please just do the Raider Nation a huge favor and throw us a big bone.  Just offer Gruden $6 million-$7 milluion a year and bring him back to the mothership in Oakland!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:37 am
 

Oakland pulls plug on Cable

As a Raiders fan, sad that Cable got fired, happy that Norv did not!


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