If his disciplinary issues were a factor (such as punching an assistant coach or beating on an ex-girlfriend) then he would have been gone a lot sooner. Where Cable must have gone awry is taking credit for success or at least a turnaround 8-8 campaign.
Anyone can nitpick and Al Davis is no exception. He may in fact be like the rest of us and think we should have won 2 or 3 or even 4 more games than we did. But Al has been through too many games to be suckered into using "almost" as an excuse to let a coach go. No, I think Al just didn’t like Cable taking any credit. That’s what drove him to get rid of Jon Gruden.
I'm not saying Tom Cable is even close to Gruden's caliber of coach but look at the pattern. Even though the players are different, Al built a very strong team when Gruden was head coach. The roster was strong enough to make it to the Super Bowl and potentially win it. We know about the tuck rule game that derailed the playoff run of 2001-2. There was no question in anyone's mind the team had the ability to get back to the playoffs the following season. But, Gruden was shipped out. That should be enouhg of a clue where Al's priorities are. They are with Al's ego exclusively. How dare Jon Gruden take any credit for winning.
Quite simply, Jon Gruden was shipped out because he was a winner. Al doesn’t like winning coaches. Only Al is allowed to take credit for the Raiders winning. So losing games may be an excuse to release a Raiders head coach but we know better. Al believes any coach can get the job done so long as they follow his script. The only problem with that is his plans have failed him in his twilight years. He makes bad head coaching decisions. Lance Kiffin anyone?
Cable wasn’t a great head coach but in the role he developed a bit of chip on his shoulder. We would all overlook that for the sake of wins and one would think Al could too. That is his fatal flaw. Al is looking for that chip on your shoulder so he can knock it off.
Even when Gruden was gone, a second rate head coach in Bill Callahan with Marc Trestman calling plays was able to actually get to the Super Bowl. So we know Al believes it is all about the players and less about the head coach. Obviously he feels the same way about the 2010 roster or at least believes they can achieve a winning record whoever he selects to lead the team.
Whoever he gives the job to next had better be very, very humble and win quick before he gets a chance to feel good about his accomplishments. Either that or just be a toady and compliment Al Davis for everything every chance you get.