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Oaktown Cancels Cable


This is the next in a line of several posts on the subject of Al Davis's quick decision to not renew Tom Cable's contract.  The team had accomplished much in this season.  They improved their win total by 3 games and were one win shy of equalling Cable's win total in the year and three quarters he was interim coach.  The simple fact of the matter was Tom Cable never stood a chance as head coach and might as well have had the interim label stick with him no matter the record.  Many on this blog have mentioned that Tom's indecision to change game plans or adjust defensively was the cause for several close losses.  I believe we had five losses by 8 points or less.  Ironically many may assume if not for the Colts loss, Cable may have kept his job having won three straight to finish the season.  That game was one that Hue Jackson was heavlily criticized for his lack of balance in the play-calling for that game in spite of the fact Oakland was boasting the 2nd rated run game in the league against Indy's under-sized 26th rated run defense.  I personally believe Cable would have been let go after this season no matter what occurred.  He would have been fired for performance had we finished with a losing record and since we finished with a non-losing record Jackson would get the majority of the credit for the offensive turnaround.  Al Davis once said that the life span of a head coach is five years.  After that, many of the veterans cut out the rhetoric and need a new voice to stand attention.  He may be on to something only if this team was on the decline.  The fact that they are on the rise is something that makes this decision seem like a knee-jerk reaction to the heavy interest in Jackson.  I understand that and may agree with it to a point however what happens if a better offer is bestowed upon the golden child Hue Jackson?  Al never has been one to justify paying head coaches high salaries in the past and also maybe an organization where better facilities and more say in personell are an option come calling?  Where would this leave our team then?  I doubt Jim Harbaugh has any interest in the Raiders especially after being around for the Gruden and Callahan era as well as watching the past few days unfold.  Even if Al wanted a big-name NFL head coach with experience none would want to work for him.  We can only hope Hue Jackson chooses the devil he knows over the devil he doesn't.

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