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Why Cable Will Be Back in 2011

I don’t like Tom Cable for a number of reasons, most of which I have blogged about already. What I haven’t mentioned too much are his strengths. Namely, he is really good at diplomacy. He is very careful when speaking to the media and I have to believe he knows how to speak to Al Davis or he would not even have gotten the job to begin with and not lasted as long as he has with the level of controversy and stretches of losing the team has endured.

Now that the Raiders are wrapping up a season in which they played much better than they have in a long time, Cable can be assured of returning for another season. That is my best guess based on I know about how Al’s history with hiring and firing coaches. Al would need a good reason to get rid of Cable. With the Lane Kiffin episode still in memory, Al is likely to take the right course of action and stick with Cable.

Cable has not lost a division game all season. Even if the team loses to the Chiefs in the finale, it’s not so bad. Going 8-8 is a lot better than 4-12. Realistically, 7-9 or 8-8 has to be seen as a major improvement. Not even Al expected a Super Bowl run in 2010.

As much as I really hate to admit it. Cable has also squeezed as much as possible out of the OL. It’s a mediocre group of players on their very best day but it’s hard to make a case against them in opening up some running lanes. Darren McFadden is having a Pro Bowl year (hopefully he’ll make the All Pro team) and in general, the OL hustles to get downfield for blocks which is a good sign.

I’m not sold on pass protection at all so until that gets resolved, the Raiders passing game has no chance to succeed consistently. They also need better receivers. It is obvious trying to force DHB into a role as a primary target is a completely deluded strategy. They need more and better receivers. That’s the only fix. The latest controversy with a Yahoo sports columnist claiming he had sources indicating friction between Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson and Tom Cable seems have blown over. There is always going to be some kind of disagreements on a coaching staff. It’s the nature of a football team when emotions run hot during games and after losses. It’s how you bounce back that tells the story.

While Tom Cable’s character will always be a question mark, he does handle controversy pretty well. Plus, he knows how to handle adversity from losing. So long as the team keeps improving I’d say Al will not make a head coaching change in 2011, regardless of the fact that Cable is not currently under contract beyond the 2010 season.

Tom Cable is in the driver's seat right now.

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