Raiders hire Tom Cable

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

Tom Cable, at the helm from 2008 to 2010, reportedly has returned to the franchise as its offensive line coach. Although Gruden has a Super Bowl title to his credit and was successful during his first stint with the Raiders, he hasn't coached in almost a decade and there's no telling whether he'll be able to adapt to the modern era of coaching in the NFL.

Cable had spent the last seven years as the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line coach.

The Raiders were scheduled to interview at least six more offensive line coaches making the hiring of former Oakland head coach and Seahawks assistant head coach/OL coach Tom Cable a bit surprising for some.


Gruden was signed to a 10-year contract worth as much as $100 million to replace Jack Del Rio, who was sacked on the same day as the Raiders' season finale.

NFL Network reported his hiring Saturday morning. Police elected not to press charges.

The Raiders finished 8-8 in Cable's final season.


Cable's previous run with the Raiders was one that came to an end ingloriously as he was accused by three separate women of abuse, sued by one (with the Raiders being named as a co-defendant), broke an assistant coach's jaw and was ultimately lambasted after his firing by late owner Al Davis. The Raiders retained him after a 4-8 finish, and they went 5-11 and then 8-8 during the next two years of his tenure.

This offseason, the Raiders have a decision to make with Marshawn Lynch. Cable's familiarity with Lynch might indicate that Lynch will be retained. Gruden has served as an ESPN commentator for Monday Night Football during the last nine years, although he previously coached the Raiders (1998-2001) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08), amassing a 95-81 record and winning a Super Bowl.

Obviously, only time will tell whether Gruden still has what it takes to be a successful coach in this league and if Carr buys in, but there's definitely a reason for optimism in Oakland as a new era gets underway for the silver and black.


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