Do the Raiders really need a new coach? Is Tom Cable not doing his part? I think about this everyday.
We all know he ended the season with a 3-3 record, but he did manage to take our losing mentality away from us. He turned a team that had no respect in the league, to a team that prevented the Bucaneers from making playoffs, causing division rivals,the Bronocos, to hit a downfall by manhandling them at their homefield, and murdering a team that beat the best team in the league, the Texans, who were also on a 4 game win streak.
Tom Cable believed in the team that had nothing to play for and now, we have confidence in our team. A part of me wants to keep him and a part of me wants him back at the line so a new coach can come in.
The reason I want a new coach is Tom Cable needs some work with play calling at times. He is a little crazy at times. Also, sometimes I think his football IQ is not very high. I mean, it is high, but other coaches just know more than him.
So, do we need a new coach?
His last season in the NFL, he was 14-2. He coached the rival Chargers well, but couldn't get a playoff win. He has a good coaching philosophy and a winning career. His career stats are 205-139-1. That's 205 wins, 139 losses, and 1 tie. He knows how to work both the run game and the pass game together. He pretty much made the Chargers. He will improve our offense big time while helping the defense out. He has the power to balance out our offense and make us a playoff contender.
We all know Steve Mariucci is a quarterbacks coach. He worked with Steve Young, Brett Favre and many more. He would work wonders with Jamarcus Russell and just make the whole offense a lot better, which is what we need. He has a very high football IQ and knows how to call plays well. He can make accurate Quarterbacks out of anyone and teach them how to scramble. He may be the best coach to go with if we want to develop Russell.
Yes, we know he sent a letter to Al Davis saying he is interested in the head coaching job. This means he has respect for Al Davis, which Al loves. However, this would mean the return of Jim Fassel to the Raiders. He was a Offensive Coordinator from 1990-1992 for the Raiders. He works with the offense most of the time, but he has worked with some great defenses in his time. For example, the Ravens and Giants. We would be very good with Fassel because he is tough on his players like Jon Gruden was. He will make sure penalties are gone from the team. Discipline is the name of the game with Fassel and we need it badly.
He also wants to be the Raiders next head coach. He has done an okay job at Stanford and is looking to make it to the NFL. His college record is 38-21, which is ok in college. It could be better. Also, he worked with the Raiders in 2002-2003. He was the quarterbacks coach and offensive assistant coach. He was there during the glory days. So, can he return us there? He is sort of like a Lane Kiffin though. However, I think he understands how Al Davis works.