Tag:Al Davis
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 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.

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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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Posted on: December 25, 2010 3:01 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.25.10: Christmas edition



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- After missing practice Wednesday with flu-like symptoms, Patriots QB Tom Brady said the absence hasn’t affected his preparation for Sunday’s game vs. the Bills.

- An interesting column here by the L.A. Times’ Sam Farmer, via the Baltimore Sun, which discusses the effectiveness of players-only meetings. They might not be quite as helpful as you would imagine.

- Newsflash! It’s going to be cold in Cincinnati this weekend. The Chargers will simply have to adjust.

- Don’t go uttering the word “playoffs” if you happen to find yourself in Chiefs headquarters. That word has officially been banned.

- The spirit of gift-giving lives inside the Dolphins locker room.

- Redskins DE Kedric Golston is done for the season because of elbow and groin injuries. Golston is kind of like a poor man’s Albert Haynesworth (compared to Haynesworth, though, we’re all poor men), except that Golston actually plays hard and plays well for his team. So, maybe Albert Haynesworth should be reclassified as a poor man’s Kedric Golston.

- A cool story about Colts coach Jim Caldwell and Raiders owner Al Davis and about the kindness of the latter to the former.

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.24.10 giving thanks for football

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Will the Jets be able to re-sign both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes after the season?


This just hasn’t been Atari Bigby’s year. After sitting out most of the season with an ankle injury, the Packers safety is now battling a bad hamstring.


The Ravens will wear their black jerseys against the Bucs, but much to the chagrin of “people with too much time and not enough on their mind”, they won’t confirm what color their pants will be.


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the NFLPA this week sent out lockout warnings to leaders of communities that have NFL teams.


The Bengals signed another talented cornerback this week. (Talented, but, unfortunately, non-accomplished.)


Ndamukong Suh apologized to Cowboys running back Marion Barber for pulling his hair. Then Suh offered to trade his snack pack in exchange for Barber’s apple juice and string cheese.


Al Davis is up to his old tricks: the Raiders signed ex-Bronco Jarvis Moss this week.


Randy Moss spent Tuesday passing out turkeys to more than 70 West Virginian families.


Mike Singletary is on the hot seat in San Francisco. Eric Branch of the Press Democrat kindly points out that Singletary faces the coach-killing Packers on December 5.


LaDainian Tomlinson says Mark Sanchez is the reason he’s a Jet.


In honor of facing Tom Cable and the Raiders, Tony Sparano is holding off on a quarterback decision until Sunday.


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Posted on: November 15, 2010 3:08 pm
 

Kiffin's salary request is denied

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember two seasons ago when the Raiders fired Lane Kiffin and he filed a grievance to collect the money he felt he was owed by the team? Yeah, that was when people might actually have had sympathy for Kiffin, before he decided he wanted all the people in Tennessee to hate. Before he made enemies all across this nation.

Anyway, that grievance was denied today, according to ESPN.com.

Kiffin had been seeking about $2.6 million in lost salary after owner Al Davis fired him four games into the 2008 season “for cause.” He will get zero dollars instead.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:18 am
 

Report: Al Davis pushing Cable to start Campbell

Posted by Will Brinson

Jason Campbell's run as Oakland's starting quarterback over the past three games has given everyone plenty of pause to think he might need to keep getting burn, even if Bruce Gradkowski is healthy.

Tom Cable initially said that Gradkowski, once he recovered, would start, but he's been flopping a bit about that recently and, according to Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune, Cable's getting pressure from Al Davis to keep starting Campbell.

"Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn't see the need to change when things are going well," Corkran's source told him. "He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders style of play."

So, breaking: Al Davis likes to meddle and really likes Jason Campbell!

Neither of those is actually news, however it's kind of sad/scary/standard to see Davis sticking his nose in personnel business just as the Raiders start to get hot and look like a contender beyond August.

That's not to say he doesn't have the right to do it; he does own the team and he did bring Campbell in, after all. But Cable's shown a knack for at least figuring out how to motivate the former first-rounder (bench him!), and actions that take away from the coach's authority in the middle of the season can't be considered beneficial to the team as a whole.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:47 pm
 

Report: Raiders' entire roster on trading block

Posted by Will Brinson

The Oakland Raiders aren't afraid to "make a play" (read: do something drastic), so it makes total sense to hear that their entire roster is on the block at the trade deadline.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders alerted other NFL teams that if they're looking to improve, unload, or simply ring that cowbell, Oakland is willing to talk trade.

This isn't so much an indictment of the Raiders' roster as it is Al Davis & Co. treating real life like fantasy football -- often, owners in "not real football" leagues will say things like "no player's untouchable" when you start trying to trade with them.

That's a nice sentiment and it's probably (technically) true when people say it, but just because something's available for purchase doesn't mean you can afford it. Or, in the Raiders case, reason with it.

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