I happen to catch this on CNNSI today from Don Banks Snap Judgements and thought this was a little foolish to be revisiting this topic again at this point
If I've heard a common theme about the AFC West this season during the course of my camp travels it's this: No one outside of Oakland is unhappy to have ex-Raiders head coach Tom Cable out of the division. The Raiders played hard for Cable last season, going 6-0 in the division and finishing with Oakland's first non-losing record since its 2002 Super Bowl season.
"The Raiders were a tough team last year,'' one AFC West source said. "You got beat up coming out of that game. Cable had those guys playing hard for him, and nobody's sorry to see him go. Why Al Davis got rid of him after that team made so much progress, nobody understands.''
As for new Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, the team's former offensive coordinator, let's just say there's very divided opinion around the league when it comes to him. Some view him as a strong motivator, and others consider him something of a manipulator and self-promoter. I know this to be true: When Jackson left his gig as Ravens quarterbacks coach after the 2009 season, joining Oakland as its offensive coordinator, Baltimore and head coach John Harbaugh didn't mind seeing him go in the least.
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I realize Cable was popular amongst the players and they respected him and I know that he was the HC when we went from 5-11 to 8-8 last year but the improvement in the offensive stats don't lie. Cable didn't change that other than have a good draft and who knows how much Hue was involved with the draft. Cable was a poor play caller when he had that duty...you want to talk about vanilla offense...this was an unflavoured offense when he was calling plays. He seemed to be a really good teacher but despite being a top rated offensive line...they were always poor. He did a terrible job at managing the clock and managing the game and if his plan wasn't working...he did little to adjust to what was going wrong.
I agree that Hue is more of a motivator than a teacher in comparisson to Cable but every reporter that visits the Raiders camp or sits down and talks to Hue come away with the impression that this team is going places. No one said that when Cable was in place...no one understood why our practices were so slow and so classroom oriented. I hope AFC West opponents are thinking less of us for this move cause that just means we still have the element of surprise on our side.