Tag:Tom Cable
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 11:02 pm

Raiders say goodbye to defensive coordinator

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the option for former coach Tom Cable’s contract was not picked up, because Raiders owner Al Davis was not pleased with the team’s 8-8 performance this season - despite it being the squad’s best mark in eight years which also included a 6-0 record against the rest of the AFC West.

Apparently, the Raiders also weren’t happy with the defense, because, as the San Francisco Chronicle writes, defensive coordinator John Marshall’s contract also won’t be renewed.

According to the paper, senior executive John Herrera said “the team had staff evaluations last week and that they are confidential.”

It should be noted that Oakland’s defense ranked 11th in the NFL last season and No. 2 in pass defense.

Meanwhile, we still await the announcement that Hue Jackson will be the Raiders next coach.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: January 16, 2011 11:46 am

Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how weird it was when Tom Cable got fired by the Raiders? After all, 8-8 by the Bay and a sweep of the AFC West seemed like a pretty solid outing and worth Al Davis retaining his coach.

Well, things might have been weirder than anyone could imagine -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that Davis was systematically fining Cable throughout the season, and withholding $20,000 from Cable's paychecks, until the coach was docked a total of $120,000.

Cable, in turn, reportedly filed a grievance with the NFL (in season!) for the fines, which means that this dispute now goes in front of a Roger Goodell-appointed arbitrator.

It also means that as the Raiders are looking to hire a new head coach (and Hue Jackson all but appears to be the guy who'll get locked in), they'll be dealing with the off-field drama of a gigantic rift between Al Davis and the previous coach.

If this sounds familiar at all, well, it should -- Lane Kiffin, who Cable replaced, didn't exactly leave Oakland on friendly terms. And perhaps Kiffin's behavior post-Oaktown lent itself to the surprisingly reasonable logic that Al Davis might have been in the right during their feud; with grievances filed by the last two head coaches of the Raiders, though, there's only one common denominator -- the owner.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:43 pm

Report: Hue Jackson is assembling his crew

Posted by Will Brinson

Hue Jackson is probably going to be the next Raiders coach. But, then again, it's the Raiders so there's no guarantee.

Which is what makes the report from Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chroncile that Jackson's making calls around the league about possible assistant coaches somewhat mystifying.

For instance, it could mean that he's already locked in as the coach and that he's trying to get the best possible assistants to surround him. Or, it could mean that Al Davis is demanding another formal interview with Jackson (even though he presumably canned Tom Cable just to get Jackson) and wants to know what kind of staff he'll assemble.

Either way, there's a possibility that Rob Ryan, one-time defensive coordinator in Oakland, could end up landing back in his old stomping grounds with Jackson -- Tafur reports he's one of the possible candidates for the position.

If, you know, Jackson ends up getting the job.

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:56 am

Lechler is not happy with Raiders organization

Al Davis' decision not to pick up Tom Cable's option was not seen well by Oakland P S. Lechler (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Tuesday, we told you about the, um, interesting decision by owner Al Davis not to renew the option of Raiders coach Tom Cable, casting him into unemployment instead of rewarding him for the team’s best record in eight seasons and a clean sweep of the AFC West.

Now, the fallout begins.

Oakland punter Shane Lechler told CSN Bay Area (via Pro Football Talk) that the decision was a “huge setback” and intimated that it might cause the team’s best players to not want to play for the organization.

“I’m not so sure this isn’t a terrible decision,” Lechler said.

A few other spicy quotes.

On Hue Jackson, the team’s offensive coordinator who now could be in line for Cable’s old job: “Yes, I do respect (Jackson) … Whether he can call plays and pull off the whole head coaching deal and deal with Al Davis on the side, I don’t know.  That’s a lot on somebody’s plate, so we’ll see.”

More on Cable: “I just want to know . . . how do you justify firing somebody when you just went 6-0 in the division and 8-8 in the season after we put in so much as a group, as a unit, as a team with our leader being Tom Cable, how do you just go ahead and whack this guy with, I mean, no reason?”

If anybody can say this in the Raiders organization, it’s Lechler. He’s regarded as the NFL’s finest punter, and if Davis wants to part ways with him because of the above comments, Lechler would have no problem finding a job in the NFL. Hell, maybe that’s exactly Lechler’s plan.

Maybe Lechler’s not just pissed, but maybe he’s also quite brilliant.

And as we all know, pissed and brilliant is a dangerous combination.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 10:03 pm

Report: Cable out as Raiders coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Looks like a sweep of the AFC West and the team’s best record since 2002 wasn’t enough to satisfy Raiders owner Al Davis.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland organization has informed coach Tom Cable that it will not pick up his option for 2011.

Which means that Cable, after just his second full season in charge of the team and who led the Raiders to their first non-losing record in eight years and a 6-0 record in the AFC West this season, won’t be back.

Although Davis has given the 49ers permission to interview Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, it kind of makes sense now that Jackson could be Oakland’s next head coach (especially if San Francisco really wants to hire Jim Harbaugh, which apparently they do).

RELATED: The Black Monday/Tuesday Coaching Carousel continues to twirl.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:08 am

49ers request permission to interview Hue Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers are so busy at work trying to find a general manager that they don't have time right now to start interviewing coaches, right?

Wrong, apparently -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that San Francisco has requested permission from the Oakland Raiders to interview offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for their head coaching position.

This is an interesting move on a number of fronts. First, they have no GM (technically; everyone believes Trent Baalke is going to get the gig at some point), so they're going against their previously stated policy of hiring the front office before the coaching staff.

Secondly, Jackson is considered a potential frontrunner for the Oakland job, if Al Davis decides to relieve Tom Cable of his duties.

And finally, Jackson's interview immediately complies the 49ers with the Rooney Rule. That's not say they're doing it just to comply, but once they've completed a legitimate interview with a minority candidate, they have free reign to hire anyone they want without fear of being rebuked. (Although it's worth noting, I think, that the 49ers aren't exactly concerned with hiring a minority candidate -- they just finished the Mike Singletary era.)

And who knows? Maybe Jackson's the guy after all, although it would seem odd to have them "find their guy" before the front office is figured out.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 2:57 pm

Week 17 Podcast Review: coaching speculation

Posted by Will Brinson

It's hard to go through today without singing some revised Steely Dan in your head ("Wheeeeeeen Blaaaaack Monday comes!"), but remember, there was still football yesterday.

With that in mind, Andy and I break down all the action from Week 17 and examine what the outcomes of certain games mean for certain teams. Where will the Browns go now that they've fired Eric Mangini? Can Rob Ryan hang around? Who will coach the Panthers? Did the Eagles loss to the Cowboys mean anything for their playoff hopes? Do the Seahawks stand a chance of winning at home against New Orleans? Did the Jets do the right thing in resting their players? And were the Bears smart to play their starters for the entire game? 

All those questions answered (plus much, much more) -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:33 am

Report: Cable 'unlikely' to return for Raiders

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty hard to believe that the Raiders went undefeated in their division and still missed the playoffs, but it happened. After Oakland manhandled Kansas City on Sunday , they finished 6-0 in the AFC West and still on the outside looking in for the playoffs.

Such a record has to be considered a success for a Raiders team that seemed headed for an early draft pick, and therefore, you'd think Tom Cable's job is safe.

But maybe not -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Sunday that Cable is "unlikely" to return as the head coach of Oakland in 2011.

As Michael David Smith notes at Pro Football Talk , the Raiders and Schefter aren't exactly BFFs. They called him a "false rumor monger" when he reported they would fire Art Shell, shortly before they fired Art Shell.

Cable's done a more-than-capable job of helping to turn the Raiders around over the past season, but if Schefter's report is true, it still wasn't a worthy enough job for Al Davis, who probably perceived this squad as a playoff team.

And, because it's Al Davis we're talking about, there's little-to-no guarantee that Cable will safely retain his gig simply by beating all his biggest rivals twice each in one season.

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