Al Davis can’t stretch out coaching decision too long

Al Davis’ seemingly annual “Will he or won’t he” coaching decision will be sped up in 2011.

Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune notes that Davis is contractually obligated to tell coach Tom Cable by January 18 whether he intends to pick up a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Cable’s contract.   There is speculation that Davis could turn the show over to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who could attract some outside job interest.

Davis has generally taken his sweet time deciding on Cable’s fate.  He didn’t officially hire Cable until February of 2009 and last year publicly said they hadn’t made a decision on Cable’s job in early February despite all indications he would stick around.

From an outsider’s perspective, the Raiders have lived up to their talent level this season or even overachieved.   We suspect Davis may disagree, seeing this as a playoff team that should be better than 7-8.

The Raiders could certainly help Cable’s case by winning in Kansas City and finishing 6-0 in the division.

35 responses to “Al Davis can’t stretch out coaching decision too long

  1. How did you get a picture of a corpse to look so real?

    Al Davis is THE Ghost of Football Past

    Pass the batton Al, have some self respect.

  2. Goodness gracious that photo is positively chilling. People want to talk about the owner of my team but I would have Jerry Jones over the Grim Reaper ANY day of the year!!

  3. Tom Cable has done a better than average job coaching this team.

    The team exceeded the expectations of most neutral observers and analysts.

    The team has gotten markedly better since Cable took over.

    The team is one win away from sweeping it’s division schedule.

    Given the mountain of evidence that the franchise is heading in the right direction, Al Davis will make the only decision Al Davis is capable and fire Tom Cable.

  4. Since when did Al Davis ever worry about paying what’s in the contract? If Cable wants the money he’ll have to sue and then ten years later settle for pennies on the dollar.

  5. There are some great Al Davis photos out there; the one used in this article is one of them.

    Worth noting: since Hue Jackson is black, there is no need for concern for the Rooney Rule, since hiring Jackson would satisfy the stipulation of interviewing of at least one minority for a head coaching position.

    It’s a tall order for Cable to lead Oakland to a win at KC (unbeaten at home in 2010) on Sunday, but not an impossible task. Either way Oakland will miss the playoffs, though this is a chance for the Raiders to avoid a losing season for the first time since their 2003 AFC Championship campaign.

  6. I bet he’s looking to trade Cable for a third round pick!!

    I still love the Gruden trade. WHO TRADES THEIR HEAD COACH?!!!!

    1st and 2nd round draft picks in 2002, a 1st round pick in 2003 and a 2nd round pick in 2004, plus cash.


  7. To bad us long suffering Raider fans have to wait a lot longer then Jan 18 to find out that clueless Al Davis is no longer running our team into the ground. I have no doubt when Al is 90 he will still be doing the same thing. Al lost it over two decades ago….

    With real coaches like Gruden & Harbaugh out there. The best we can hope for is a coach like Cable. Suks to be us Raider-Fan…

    The only thing Al is good for now is a good laugh. This famous quote by the liveing dead is my favorite. “Jamarcus is a greaat playaaa. Get ovah it”……

  8. Making fun of old people, nice, you we’re obviously raised well.

    As for Jackson, that’s been the sexy rumor for a while now but I’d be shocked if Cable wasn’t retained.

    All the players want him back and have said so.

  9. Considering Al Davis drafted 4 players from the 2010 draft who are starters and all considered 1st round picks in a draft redux by Don Banks of SI, Al Davis still has it.

    You can laugh all you want about how old he is and thus how he looks old, but in the end Al Davis is going to get the last laugh.

    He nearly has Oakland set up for a long term run with a stable of studs on this team. A few more pieces and this team is going to be in the playoffs every year.

  10. dallasbaby says:
    Dec 31, 2010 1:04 PM
    Goodness gracious that photo is positively chilling. People want to talk about the owner of my team but I would have Jerry Jones over the Grim Reaper ANY day of the year!!

    Because it is all about the looks. Stay classy pft.

    Al still has it. My last statement is, What coaching decision? Cable has done well enough to keep. You all just you could have some Raider dirt so you can pull stick and laugh like a ratard.

  11. Come on … if Al had longer hair, eye liner, and an earring, he could pass for Keith Richards. How many guys his age can say they look like a rocker? 😎


  13. jeremyb91:

    So having having the worst record of the last decade was all just part of his master plan, huh?

    Using a top 10 pick on a wide receiver who can’t catch and has 35 receptions in two years was just part of nefarious scheme to make us all think he lost it?

    Having a press conference (using an overhead projector!) to explain to everyone why he had to fire his coach because the coach didn’t recognize what a great QB Jamarcus Russell was going to be was all just to deflect us from his coming scheme to restore the Raiders to greatness?

    I see where you’re going here, and I like it.

    If you’re pitching a hilarious new sitcom to follow Blue Mountain State Wednesdays on Spike TV, that is.

  14. like anyone can predict what al davis is going t do. I like the progress and fight in this team and that’s cable’s influence. The defense still erks me however, and marshall as continued dc is a big??? Consistency is key with this young team and lets hope AD thinks so too but who knows???
    the new CBA and ongoing owners talks may come into play in cable’s future–but a kc win will help also!!!

  15. Al who?

    Listen, I admit I don’t get to see the Raiders but they are WY better than they were a few years ago. In my opinion a little stability wouldn’t be a bad thing.

  16. Be scared very scared. At this moment Al is awakeing from a long sleep. 1st thing he does is check for what “false rumor mongers” like PFT and Adam Shefter are saying bout the greatness of Als Raiders. The minister of DISinformation John Herrera is about to be unleashed…..

    Its sad to see how far down the toilet Al has flushed the Raiders. Now some Raider fans are happy with 7-9 or 8-8 against a cup cake schedule. No-one in their right mind should think Cable is a good H.C….The team does have some young talent. Just not nearly enough of it. dhBUST isnt a young talent. Just another fast guy Al drafted that cant play football. Then add in Campbell is a below average QB. The OL needs 3 replacements on it etc etc. Speaking of young talent. Without checking the rosters. I would say all of the playoff teams have more young talent then the Raiders. They also have better organizations, GM’s, coaches then the Raiders. We have Al as Owner/GM/head of scouting/head of player personell/part time DC. Doesnt get worse then that……

  17. The Raiders could use some continuity on the coaching staff. I don’t see any reason to fire Tom Cable, the team seems to be headed in the right direction.

    Of course, this means Tom Cable must be fired.

  18. Sadly, this Raiders master plan is a 20 year plan.
    That’s about how long it seems to take them to go from good to bad to barely good again.

    I agree Cable has been their better coach in years… but that isn’t saying much, but at least they’re competitive.

    History of Raiders picks at this link… we won’t need more than one hand to count the keepers.

  19. Al is my Pal says: Dec 31, 2010 1:46 PM

    So 7-9 or 8-8 should make the pick at about #15. Thanks again Al, and give Big Sey our best.

    We like Big Richard. Good luck with your pick.

  20. polegojim says:
    Dec 31, 2010 4:05 PM

    History of Raiders picks at this link… we won’t need more than one hand to count the keepers.
    Actually, you’ll need more than one hand to count the Hall of Famers from that list.

    So either you’re an idiot or you don’t follow… oh never mind, you’re just an idiot.

  21. Lets talk about Al Davis and his stable of draft picks and other players who have skills and can lead this team into the future:

    DE’s Matt Shaughnessey and Lamarr Houston
    DT’s Tommy Kelly (leads the league at DT in sacks) and Desmond Bryant
    RB’s Darren McFadden and FB Marcel Reese
    CB Nnamdi Asomugha
    SS Tyvon Branch and Mike Mitchell
    MLB Rolando McClain
    LT Jared Veldheer
    WR’s Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford
    TE Zach Miller

    There’s a lot of talent on this team unlike any team Oakland has had in years and the right coach will make this team consistent. All the haters can laugh, because Al Davis has been drafting exceptionally well the past 4 years despite two major busts in Russell and DHB.

    Adding a solid Center and RG and the O line can be set for the next 10 years. A better QB is needed, but to say Oakland is on the way down and not on the way up is ludicrous. Al Davis is going to laugh last and laugh loudest.

  22. History of Raiders picks at this link… we won’t need more than one hand to count the keepers.

    Any chance we can get a picture of your 57 finger hand? Of course.. I have included a few bit players in my list… but most have gone on to other teams at least to perform fairly well.. and this is just draft picks.. it’s not counting guys like Alzado and Plunkett that Al picked off the scrap pile.. seriously dude.. if you don’t know what the hell you are talking about, don’t post….

    Jim Otto
    Craig Morton
    Fred Biletnikoff
    Gene Upshaw
    George Atkinson
    Art Shell
    Ken Stabler
    Jack Tatum
    Philip Villiapiano
    Cliff Branch
    Dave Dalby
    Ray Guy
    Dave Casper
    Mark Van Eeghen
    Rolf Benirschke
    Rod Martin
    Lester Hayes
    Matt Millen
    Howie Long
    Marcus Allen
    Don Mosebar
    Bill Pickel
    Greg Townsend
    Napolean McCallum
    Steve Beuerlein
    Bo Jackson
    Tim Brown
    Steve Wisniewski
    Greg Biekert
    Napoleon Kaufman
    Barret Robbins
    La’Roi Glover
    Grady Jackson
    Charles Woodson
    Mo Collins
    Jon Ritchie
    Eric Barton
    Roderick Coleman
    Sebastian Janikowski
    Shane Lechler
    Delawrence Grant
    Nnamdi Asomugha
    Robert Gallery
    Kirk MOrrison
    Michael Huff
    Zach Miller
    Michael Bush
    Darren McFadden
    Tyvon Branch
    Mike Mitchell
    Matt Shaughnhessy
    Louis Murphy
    Rolando McClain
    Lamarr Houston
    Jared Veldheer
    Jacoby Ford
    Stevie Brown

  23. gotta love the haters…….Al knows whats up…it was just unfortunate that the year we got the #1 pick, we picked russell who was pretty much the concensus # 1 pick by all the so called draft experts……all of the no names al drafted, are the ones theexperts made fun of, contribute to this team……I have no problem with our draft pick….if people want to say DHB is a bust, I’ll just say he has been more productive then cliff branch thus far, and that is who he was compared to, and raiders clearly stated that he was a 2 to 3 year project.

    Lets face it, it is a QB league…if the pats dont have brady, how many games do they win. How many do the colts win w/o manning or the saints win w/o brees, and so on and so on……In my humble opinion Jason Campbell is better then J-Bust, but not sure if he is the answer…….Palmer, Lienart, Young, Kolb,McNabb are all vets I would look at that will be available, along with rookies like Gabbert , Locker, Mallet, and the kid from Delaware that should be there late 1st early 2nd.

    @alismypal…yep you will get a player of seymour talent at 15-18 for sure…….lmao

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