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Davis could be simply messing with the media

There’s a lingering sense that Raiders owner Al Davis truly hasn’t decided whether to keep coach Tom Cable — and that Davis is talking to other coaches in the hopes of determining whether he might be able to finagle an upgrade.

But there’s now a growing sense in some media circles that Davis is simply trying to mess with the media.

And the media seems to be figuring it out.  The wave of stories regarding the presumption that Cable will be fired has yielded to a wave of stories regarding the presumption that Cable will return.

It appears that Davis has indeed spoken with Marc Trestman and Jim Harbaugh, but not about replacing Cable.  Though it’s possible that, through these conversations, Davis was trying to get a feel for whether guys like Trestman or Harbaugh might be a good fit for the job, there has yet to be any hard evidence to suggest that Cable is in trouble.

Then again, if Davis is indeed trying to determine whether a better option at head coach is available, it’s important to keep that effort tightly under wraps (via “vociferous” denials), in the event that Davis ultimately decides to stick with the devil that he knows.

But the addition of defensive line coach Mike Waufle, who worked with Cable at Cal in 1996, and the possible arrival of Hue Jackson, who was on that same staff, suggests that Cable is likely to stay.

Then there’s the fact that the hiring of assistant coaches will make the job even less attractive to head-coaching candidates with other options, since head coaches typically like to hire their own guys.

Though nothing can be ruled out (after all, we’re talking about the Raiders), it not only looks like Cable is safe — it also looks like he never was in trouble.

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  1. swervinmervin says: Jan 23, 2010 12:08 PM

    Fans on this very comment board have been saying this for over a week. Of course Davis is fugging with the media. That’s the only game he can win nowadays. Pretty sad. How the mighty have fallen.

  2. efangule says: Jan 23, 2010 12:09 PM

    How about this. Why don’t you media types stop trying to read into stuff and just report the facts?
    Maybe then you wouldn’t get burned so often when you are wrong!

  3. efangule says: Jan 23, 2010 12:10 PM

    How about this. Why don’t you media types stop trying to read into stuff and just report the facts?
    Maybe then you wouldn’t get burned so often when you are wrong!

  4. JaggedMark says: Jan 23, 2010 12:12 PM

    Stay tuned for further developments. Sherlock Florio is on the case.

  5. JSpicoli says: Jan 23, 2010 12:17 PM

    I don’t blame hm. 99% of the media are idiotic and have an obvious anti Raider agenda. 100% of these fools don’t even know why they hate the Team and it’s owner; it’s root cause obscured by years of repetitive and retarded speculation, jealousy and stereotyped innuendo.
    I’m not suprised by your utter inablity to realize AD is messing with you from the start. (After all, this is the
    media we are talkin about)
    So enjoy the fruits of your 30 year old hate vendetta, mediots.

  6. Bob S. says: Jan 23, 2010 12:17 PM

    there have been too few new coaches signed this year, too few fired who would have been.
    davis and the other owners know there will be no football in 2011 so why cost yourself millions more paying a coach and new staff possibly that if you sign him to a new deal now, it is for at least 2 years and you are stuck with paying him?
    question-
    just how many current nfl head coaches will have no contract for 2011 as of right now?

  7. dogma1 says: Jan 23, 2010 12:21 PM

    Cable worked with Hue Jackson with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and worked with Mike Waufle for 6 years at Cal, if anything it seems like Cable is putting a new staff together.

  8. Bobby Bushay says: Jan 23, 2010 12:29 PM

    Cable was handcuffed with JaMarcus who simply didn’t advance from year two to three. Yes, he regressed. Cable would have been in deep trouble had he benched JaMarcus and the offense didn’t progress forward with Gradkowski and Frye leading the offense. Then both of them had injuries as well as the OL (which needs an upgrade). It would be foolish to let go of Cable under those conditions. The Raiders need continuity. Perhaps they’ll make 8-8 next year.

  9. The Black Hole says: Jan 23, 2010 12:29 PM

    The rumor mongering has been in full charge since the end of the season.. I’m slapping a couch in the Midwest and I said then that IMO Cable would stay… but everyone under the sun has said otherwise…u know all the”experts”…..just last week ESPN said it wasn’t “IF” he gets fired its “when”……o.k……well……. This is the problem with all media today.. their all pretty much grocery store “tabloids” anymore…… No one is held responsible for getting “facts”……but I guess in the end if magazines/newspapers/ and hits on a website gets people interested then why not??
    Al Davis has lost most of the fans…..Ja-Bust lost the coaching staff, teammates and the fans…. Al gonna follow this up with a new coach and having Ja-bust start next year?? yeah,,,,,You think this year was bad publicity and attendance ?? Do those 2 things for next season and wait and see what the fall out is….. stay tuned !!
    Welcome to Hell:
    The Black Hole

  10. endzoneview says: Jan 23, 2010 12:30 PM

    Davis is just trying to get people to talk and write about the Raiders. Period. No one talks about other crappy teams like the Lions and Rams. This is Al’s only way to stay relevant and everyone is falling for it. Good or bad, you keep writing about the Raiders. The media is getting pwned.
    Good job Mr Davis

  11. JaggedMark says: Jan 23, 2010 12:30 PM

    A Detroit Lion making a difference.
    http://freep.com/article/20100122/SPORTS01/1220346/1049/Lions-Gosder-Cherilus-to-lead-Haiti-team

  12. Silver&Black666 says: Jan 23, 2010 12:30 PM

    Good one JaggedMark it only took Florio about 5 or 6 years to finally get it…..he has officially had a blond moment!
    Al Davis doesn’t care about the Media if he did he wouldn’t send a Hack like Herrera out there to make statements….We know for a fact however that he does like watching them dance because they lie about him so much. I live here in the Bay Area and its great watching them all trying to sell papers on Smashing AD and the Raiders every (media manufactured) move that is made
    He will never say anything or respond to anything the media says or accuses him of until he is ready to do it on his own time….(see overhead projector reruns)

  13. BrownsBigshot says: Jan 23, 2010 12:31 PM

    You know you have issues when Al Davis is outsmarting you. Good job, PFT.

  14. DirtMcGirt24 says: Jan 23, 2010 12:33 PM

    Its already been “reported” that most coaches wont be paid if there’s no season. Take that as you wish.

  15. downsouth49er says: Jan 23, 2010 12:36 PM

    The raiders aren’t worth covering, period…the only thing that needs to be written or said about them is THEY SUCK. You don’t have to proofread or edit or anything, just publish lmao

  16. comment_submission_error says: Jan 23, 2010 12:37 PM

    Seems to me that Crazy Al just goes about his business and doesn’t concern himself with the media’s collective tail-chasing. He doesn’t need to put out misinformation. He has a legion of volunteers to perform that task for him.

  17. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Jan 23, 2010 12:42 PM

    JSpicoli is right everyone be hatin’ on the raiders cuz they’re jealous. The media wants you to believe that Jamarcus, mike Mitchell, DHB and trading a high 1st rounder for Seymour were all huge mistakes. Well the jokes on them cuz all those moves were just AL MESSIN’ WITH YA!! HEE HEE HEE!!!

  18. RFM says: Jan 23, 2010 12:43 PM

    Weird Al does this every year. The media should get over themselves. He isn’t messing with them. He is doing what he does and he could care less about anything or anyone else thinks. Every year he interviews. He interviews for the future. I’m sure he thoroughly enjoys the interview process. He gets to pick coaches and potential coaches’ brains. This is his way of knowing everything about everyone.
    He is the same way with players. He learns everything about them from their high school careers all the way through the pros. He is thorough to the point of obsession.
    He doesn’t care what the media thinks. If he releases false information, it’s to find the mole in his organization that leaked it.
    Now HIRE A GM!!!

  19. RavensFreak00 says: Jan 23, 2010 12:45 PM

    I have thought this all along. Davis loves the attention his franchise is getting.

  20. bigrig says: Jan 23, 2010 12:50 PM

    Don’t The Raider fans realize the Florio and his crew are messing with them. They probably posted this and took bets on how many “see I told you so” hits they could get.

  21. snnyjcbs says: Jan 23, 2010 12:51 PM

    How slow are you people?, Cable was always safe.
    It was you folks that came up with all the crap you made up along the way with regards to Cable.
    I have been telling you that Cable would be going no where and that Al Davis and the Raiders were getting a kick out of watching all the fools in the media making asses out of themselves.
    Your srticle above should just say that most in the media did not know a thing about what was going on in Oakland and made it up as they went along. LOL.
    “Cable To Be Picked Up By Police”, NFL To Thump Cable”, Seymour Will Not Play For Oakland”, Cable To Be Let Go, and on and on I could go with all the bull shit that is always wrong.

  22. East Bay Ray says: Jan 23, 2010 12:53 PM

    No need to slam Florio. This here is called a “Rumor Mill”, which gives him liberty to be completely full of crap from time to time and have a “get out of jail free” card. The tradeoff is that he’s sometimes ahead of the curve. It’s up to the reader to weigh what is presented and make their own judgments. Buyer beware. Don’t we all realize that?

  23. Stone says: Jan 23, 2010 1:03 PM

    Well, you certainly milked that one for all it’s worth, Florio. At least you actually come out and admit it, as opposed to most of the other talking heads that will pretend it never happened and just move on to the next juicy gossip.

  24. GoBears84 says: Jan 23, 2010 1:06 PM

    Ol’ Al may be exactly just that….but he’s a fox.

  25. Bigbluefan says: Jan 23, 2010 1:07 PM

    Or maybe Al just has not been taking his meds

  26. hizzle1281 says: Jan 23, 2010 1:07 PM

    OHHHHH YEAAAAAAAA
    SUUUCCCCKKKKKKK ONNNNNNNN
    ITTTTTTTTTTTT

  27. kpweaver27 says: Jan 23, 2010 1:10 PM

    Breaking News: No One Cares About Al Davis or the Raiders! Stay tuned to discuss more about how no one discusses them anymore!

  28. psyseb says: Jan 23, 2010 1:16 PM

    He’s not just playing the media, he’s playing every fan who cares and wants to know what is going to happen to their team.

  29. raiderrob21 says: Jan 23, 2010 1:20 PM

    Just goes to prove the point again…Theres a whole lot of Raider Haters out there yet they cant get enough Raider news. You either Love us or you love to hate us. But the funny thing is you cant keep the OAKLAND RAIDERS name out of your mouth. Hate on haters your hate makes us stronger. What would we do without all your attention?
    We havent been good for so long, but with all the haters out there were ALWAYS in the HEADLINES!
    I LOVE IT!

  30. Gary says: Jan 23, 2010 1:23 PM

    Davis is not messing with the media. The Raiders have been secretitive from day one. If you have been paying attention these last 50 years you would know that this is how Al operates and he will not change. Another slow news day for the PFT folks…..lets see time for another Raider rumor, it has only been a few hours since…….

  31. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 23, 2010 1:34 PM

    “Davis could be simply messing with the media”
    Davis could simply be suffering from Alzheimer’s.

  32. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jan 23, 2010 1:40 PM

    so what your saying just as the case with mangini in cleveland you are WRONG!

  33. SlimPickens says: Jan 23, 2010 1:41 PM

    Al Davis, more than anything, is probably trying to figure out who is the rat in his front office that leaks everything.

  34. dcrespo24 says: Jan 23, 2010 1:54 PM

    Florio:
    Finally you understand that Al Davis actually does what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants when it comes to the team that he owns. Understand that he made his money on football, unlike many of the billionaire boys club members that bought a team after amassing wealth in another arena. He literally was an integral part in making the NFL what it is today – respect your elders.
    By the way, we are all still waiting for your retraction regarding your reporting as gospel that Seymour filed a grievance, when actually the NFLPA filed it on his behalf without his input(which the CBA gives them the power to do). Still waiting for you to report on Seymour’s public statements via a Boston radio station that he wants to re-sign with the Raiders (despite a losing season).
    All I’m saying is, dont abuse the credibility that PFT is supposed to have on reporting “rumors” – you might want to make sure they are not always based on pure conjecture. Moreover, make sure that you report news – like a career pro-bowler (R. Seymour) saying he wants to remain a Raider and be part of the rebuilding process – even when it makes you look like you dont know what you were talking about at the beginning of the season.
    P.S.
    If Cable stays, thats a sign that the leash on J-Russ just got a lot shorter.

  35. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 23, 2010 2:04 PM

    Who’s “twisting in the wind” now?

  36. Tdk24 says: Jan 23, 2010 2:20 PM

    So when did you strong inside sources of the past turn into some media circles? WTF is a “media circle? A room full of media types doing the circle jerking?

  37. Legend says: Jan 23, 2010 2:22 PM

    No duh.

  38. Junior says: Jan 23, 2010 3:38 PM

    Wow Florio, either you don’t read the comments or you are oblivious to the fact that Raider Nation has a far greater grasp on what goes on in Alameda than you ever will. Regardless, the medias revelation is hardly shocking.
    I do however still question your statement, “It appears that Davis has indeed spoken with Marc Trestman and Jim Harbaugh, but not about replacing Cable.” What part of complete denials from both coaches’ agents about any contact don’t you understand? Or are we to believe that you know better? You’re gonna have to do better than that. Sure it’s all rumors that you “report” but when the facts are already out there, why continue to look the other way and speculate? I’m just curious.

  39. stnmmc says: Jan 23, 2010 3:44 PM

    # JSpicoli says: January 23, 2010 12:17 PM
    I don’t blame hm. 99% of the media are idiotic and have an obvious anti Raider agenda. 100% of these fools don’t even know why they hate the Team and it’s owner; it’s root cause obscured by years of repetitive and retarded speculation, jealousy and stereotyped innuendo.
    I’m not suprised by your utter inablity to realize AD is messing with you from the start. (After all, this is the
    media we are talkin about)
    So enjoy the fruits of your 30 year old hate vendetta, mediots.
    ————————————–
    Though most of those “mediots” are SURPRISED at your INABILITY to break away from the ongoing Raiders fan persecution complex. Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh, they all hate us. :(

  40. 909RaiderLifer says: Jan 23, 2010 3:54 PM

    Jeez! Florrio, all of you “electronic” fish wrap hacks are just now begining to realize that Al has always operated on “Al standard time.” (as Jerry McDonald wrote.)
    Even crazy Al, has a sense of humor. And I’m sure he gets a chuckle or two, reading the “pie” against the wall b.s. that you and the other hacks spew, on a daily, if not hourly basis.
    How many other teams have released a statement, saying their current coach under contract, will keep the gig? Bueller? Bueller?

  41. rangersleadtheway says: Jan 23, 2010 3:57 PM

    downsouth49er says:
    January 23, 2010 12:36 PM
    The raiders aren’t worth covering, period…the only thing that needs to be written or said about them is THEY SUCK. You don’t have to proofread or edit or anything, just publish lmao
    right because the 49ers have be soooo great the past, what, 20 years? I wouldnt even write “They Suck” about that team, because no one cares about them.

  42. JSpicoli says: Jan 23, 2010 4:24 PM

    @stnmmc
    the bias against everything Raider is OBV. My Raider hatin friends readily admit it. Why won’t you? Imbecile. Imagine if AD had prances around his sky box flipping the bird lime Adams. There would demands for a Federal inquiry.
    You obv have the reasoning ability of an ant. You should run for congress.

  43. MrNatural says: Jan 23, 2010 4:27 PM

    A coach willing to open a can of whoop-ass to keep staff in line is a perfect fit for Thug Davis, the senile clown.

  44. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 23, 2010 4:40 PM

    Niner fans like to dance with their hands over their heads.
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  45. Raider B says: Jan 23, 2010 5:53 PM

    “Davis could be simply messing with the media”
    How do you consider not saying what hes going to do to the media messing with the media? Like hes really going to hold press confrences once a week letting the media know what hes going to do? Who does that in the entire NFL? You think hes going to come out and say, you know what guys im considering firing Cable, ill let you guys know as soon as i come to a conclusion. In fact ill tell the media Cable is fired before i even tell him. Now lets go eat some tuna sandwichs guys and discuss what i can do to fix my Raiders. Sorry you guys actually have to investigate a story before you actually report it, oh thats right apprently you guys dont. You guys are just now discovering Cable worked with these coaches in the past. PATHETIC, please dont ever call your selves journalists.
    P.S. my sources say that Florio once tried out for the Raiderettes squad but was turned down, this might explain his hatred towards Raider nation.

  46. dcrespo24 says: Jan 23, 2010 5:56 PM

    This Just In:
    “Al Davis doesn’t talk to the media about his hiring practices. BSPN and PFT think this isn’t fair and say that he is messing with them.”
    WAH! reporters have to investigate a story before they report it WAH!

  47. WashingtonRedstorms says: Jan 23, 2010 6:09 PM

    Davis has interviewed Bill Walsh.

  48. Yellow Ledbetter says: Jan 23, 2010 6:25 PM

    Or messing his pants. Who in Oakland is in charge of changing his diaper anyway?

  49. JayBackInTheBay says: Jan 23, 2010 6:40 PM

    Why is everyone patting Davis on the back for his idiotic excuse for management?
    * He sucks at drafting
    * He sucks at leading
    * He sucks at building football teams
    * He sucks at delegating responsibility
    * He acts like a petulant child towards the media and the fans
    * He makes the minority investors look really stupid, seemingly on purpose
    * He accepts no accountability for his mountain of failures and consistently blames others in public whenever he gets a chance.
    * He intentionally breeds a toxic work environment that completely undermines the character of anyone who agrees to work there.
    * He routinely attempts to revert attention on himself from things like championship weekend.
    Really, the list goes on and on. He has turned into a sad and pathetic man. Lucky for us, we are reminded of this every year, going on eight years straight!

  50. WashingtonRedstorms says: Jan 23, 2010 7:44 PM

    Why is everyone patting Davis on the back for his idiotic excuse for management?
    * He sucks at drafting
    * He sucks at leading
    * He sucks at building football teams
    * He sucks at delegating responsibility
    * He acts like a petulant child towards the media and the fans
    * He makes the minority investors look really stupid, seemingly on purpose
    * He accepts no accountability for his mountain of failures and consistently blames others in public whenever he gets a chance.
    * He intentionally breeds a toxic work environment that completely undermines the character of anyone who agrees to work there.
    * He routinely attempts to revert attention on himself from things like championship weekend.
    Really, the list goes on and on. He has turned into a sad and pathetic man. Lucky for us, we are reminded of this every year, going on eight years straight!
    * He poops his pants!

  51. Raider B says: Jan 23, 2010 8:04 PM

    @ gaybackinthebay
    The old man is crazy, but hes one of the main reasons there’s even an AFC and NFC championship weekend. Hes also in the HOF as an owner, so the rest of the NFL disagrees with you. And how is he bringing attention to himself by not saying anything? its PFT that constantly bashing him wich brings attention to Davis. And saying he sucks at building a football team is just ignorant. You must of just started watching football. He has 3 super bowl rings, and 5 AFC Championships. And he built all those teams. Hes been to a super bowl every decade since theres been super bowls. So your rant is all opion and no facts to back it up. And to say he sucks at drafting? Wtf, he drafted Bo Jacson, C wood, Nnamdi Asomugha, Howie Long, Napolian Kaufman, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen. The list gos on and on. The list of draft busts is alot shorter, and name one team that has never drafted a bust. All teams go thru a stretch of time where its ruff, just the Raiders are the most hated team in america so its magnified. Look at the Chargers, theyve been good this past decade but no Championships to show for it. So who cares if you win alot of regular season games and dont win championships. They made one Super Bowl apperance and got toasted by Brett Favre.

  52. dcrespo24 says: Jan 23, 2010 8:16 PM

    @ WashingtonRedstorms
    Al Davis has, count them, 3 super bowl rings.
    Redskins havent even been to the superbowl since 1991.
    And you want to compare ownership??? please!

  53. JayBackInTheBay says: Jan 23, 2010 8:30 PM

    @Typical Raider fan dumbass:
    Really? gaybackinthebay you loser? I know you are a bigot and all but lets stay on point.
    First of all, use the return key once in a while.
    Second of all, you may actually want to attempt to use your brain before you regurgitate a bunch of Raider-aid talking points.
    Third, I don’t think you know a damn thing about the Raiders or football. It was Ron Wolf who drafted all those great Raiders of the past and John Madden who coached them. Again, use your brain.
    There is much more I can pound you on as you are obviously way out of your league. I got better things to do.

  54. NFLMMAfan says: Jan 23, 2010 8:46 PM

    At the start of the 4th quarter its:
    Al Davis 21
    Florio 0

  55. Raider B says: Jan 23, 2010 8:54 PM

    @GAYBAY
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Wolf
    here you go, hes responsible for 2 players out of the entire list of players i just mentiond. And everyone knows the Raiders are Als team. So you must admit he okd it. And on top of that, everyone used to accuse of Al Davis being in charge when madden was coaching, so which is? Was he in charge or not responsible for the draft picks, it cant be both. Any ways, i could care less if you like sucking dick. Have at it, and dont act like you have something better to do, when you responded to me within 5 minutes. BTW, F your return key.

  56. Raider B says: Jan 23, 2010 10:23 PM

    @ GAY BAY,
    BTW, who do you think hired John Wolf in the first place? Let me guess, Al Davis gets no credit for that either. Also, return keys are on type writers. Therye called enter keys now on CPUs.

  57. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 24, 2010 12:43 PM

    Raider B says:
    January 23, 2010 8:04 PM
    @ gaybackinthebay
    The old man is crazy, but hes one of the main reasons there’s even an AFC and NFC championship weekend. Hes also in the HOF as an owner, so the rest of the NFL disagrees with you. And how is he bringing attention to himself by not saying anything? its PFT that constantly bashing him wich brings attention to Davis. And saying he sucks at building a football team is just ignorant. You must of just started watching football. He has 3 super bowl rings, and 5 AFC Championships. And he built all those teams. Hes been to a super bowl every decade since theres been super bowls. So your rant is all opion and no facts to back it up. And to say he sucks at drafting? Wtf, he drafted Bo Jacson, C wood, Nnamdi Asomugha, Howie Long, Napolian Kaufman, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen. The list gos on and on. The list of draft busts is alot shorter, and name one team that has never drafted a bust. All teams go thru a stretch of time where its ruff, just the Raiders are the most hated team in america so its magnified. Look at the Chargers, theyve been good this past decade but no Championships to show for it. So who cares if you win alot of regular season games and dont win championships. They made one Super Bowl apperance and got toasted by Brett Favre.
    —————————
    Yes, Davis is in the hall of fame. That does not mean that the rest of the NFL thinks anything about him. In fact, I think Al Davis is a great example why they should wait until NFL execs’ careers are over before putting them in the hall. You said yourself, “The old man is crazy.”
    And when did Brett Favre toast the Chargers in the Super Bowl? I seem to have forgotten that game. I remember Packers/Pats and Packers/Broncos as Favre’s only Super Bowl appearances.
    As far as Davis’ drafting goes… Well, that’s a pretty weak argument you make. You named one guy drafted in the last 10 years. All the others were drafted in 1998 or earlier. And in any argument of NFL draft prowess, the name “Napolean Kaufman” isn’t any indication of superiority. He was the 18th overall pick and he started 46 games in his career. Congratulations, that’s the equivalent of three seasons. The guy left football to become a minister, right? Great pick there.
    Look at what happens to guys who play in Oakland. Javon Walker goes in a very productive player.. And his career dies. Charles Woodson has a decent, if unspectacular, career in Oakland. He leaves and his game explodes. Randy Moss virtually dies in Oakland and is reborn after Davis gets a 4th round pick for him. There’s a pretty clear pattern there.

  58. AlDavisIsGod says: Jan 24, 2010 6:48 PM

    Well, Florio, you retard: my money is on the fact that you puppets are so easy to string along and you would never think of actually checking facts or anything before you post your idiotic ramblings. Since you dummies are so easy to manipulate he’s Al’s getting a lot of laughs at your expense. If you don’t like proving to the world that your mother should have had the abortion do something about it and get a clue what you’re talking about.

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