In a move that shocked many football pundits, the Oakland Raiders decided to not renew the contract of Head Coach Tom Cable on January 4.
Cable has been one of the more controversial figures in what is considered the most controversial franchise in all of sports. At times Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has looked like a genius while at other times he has appeared to be a madman.
Cable is a man whom has been marred by off of the field issues for some time. On a November 1, 2009 episode of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”, it was reported that Tom Cable was accused of physically abusing two ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend. On August 17, 2009, Cable was accused of punching assistant coach Randy Hanson in the face and fracturing his jaw. It was later announced that these charges would be dropped.
Despite an array of allegations, Cable’s teams did improve. In his three seasons, Cable led the dysfunctional franchise from a 4-8 record to an 8-8 record which included going 6-0 against AFC West opponents and competing for a playoff berth in the AFC.
Cable took over a team in disarray after the firing of now USC Head Coach Lane Kiffin. As for the firing of Kiffin, Al Davis read a bizarre statement to ESPN, attempted to withhold Kiffin’s pay and said that if Kiffin had his choice, the Oakland Raiders would’ve never selected LSU QB JaMarcus Russell with the first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Out of curiosity Mr. Davis, how did the Russell pick work out for your organization?
In the end, the “Silver and Black” is the toy of Al Davis and as unfortunate as it may be for Tom Cable and the rest of the NFL at times, it is the right of Davis to act unprofessional and make chaotic decisions.
Rumors are stirring that Raiders Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson may be tapped for the top job and yesterday on Jim Rome’s radio show it was reported that the Raiders may make a play for Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. While getting Harbaugh to run the Raiders organization is a long shot, Al Davis is rumored to make a spectacular offer to the Harbaugh who is being more heavily recruited than any high school player in the nation right now.
If Oakland is going to continue to improve and become relevant in the NFL-landscape like they were in the 70’s under John Madden and the 80’s under Tom Flores, they need to decide which direction they are going to go as quickly as possible.
Whether you love them or hate them, the Oakland Raiders being relevant is great for football. Unfortunately, the Silver and Black have looked more like the Black and Blue as Al Davis has grown older.