Raiders cut Tom Cable loose

Four years ago, Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders would fire coach Art Shell.  The Raiders loudly denied the report, calling Schefter a “false rumor monger.”

And then they fired Art Shell.

This time around, Schefter reported that the Raiders would not be keeping coach Tom Cable, despite the team’s first non-losing record since 2002.  The Raiders said nothing in response.

Now, Schefter reports that the Raiders have informed Cable that the option on his contract will not be exercised.

As a result, Cable is no longer the coach of the Raiders.

Speculation has centered on offensive coordinator Hue Jackson being promoted into the job.

The Raiders’ 8-8 finish in 2010 arose in large part from a 6-0 record against AFC West teams.  But as NBC’s Rodney Harrison explained it during our weekly video segment, there was a sense that Cable didn’t exert enough discipline over the younger players on the team.

UPDATE:  The Raiders have announced the move, explaining that Cable was informed of the decision not to pick up his option on Tuesday.

81 responses to “Raiders cut Tom Cable loose

  1. I just don’t get it. Maybe if I did….never mind. Al Davis has now “officiall” gone off the farm.

  2. Watch out everyone in the Bay area! He’s mad and lookin’ to punch somebody.

    NFL fines dozens of players tens of thousands of dollars for previously legal plays and this POS breaks his assistant coach’s jaw and walks away unscaithed. Roger Goodell’s bizarro world.

  3. who are the raiders going to get to replace him? he might seem like a loser of a coach but he seems to have them going in the right direction…whats that i hear? oh its just al davis pulling an al davis right on cue….maybe art shell is available

  4. See faider fans, even Al Davis knows the Chiefs layed down for them last week. In Al’s eyes you’re 7-9. Oh well, what’s another losing season for the silver & black?

  5. Cable sealed his own fate by yanking Campbell too quickly and always looking for excuses to play his pet at QB, Gradsucksi. If Cable would have just stayed with Campbell through the entire season, the Raiders would have had a winning season.

    Plus, Hugh Jackson is primarily responsible for the offensive resurgence.

  6. Wow .. unless Al has Jim Harbaugh or Gruden or Fisher coming on board … this looks like a bad move.

  7. The next loser they hire will be as bad as Cable.

    I wonder who is gonna get smacked tonite?

    Raider Nation sucking hind T** as usual.

    Bwahahahahahahah

  8. That’s not the reason. When have the Raiders ever been worried about player discipline? That was part of the their mystique. To collect the misfits of the league and make a winning team out of them.

    Al Davis must be getting scared that HIS LAST SEASON is coming soon and ignoring the improvements made by Cable. Davis won’t hand over control. He’d rather die in his office still running the team. To maintain some continuity within the organization someone currently on the staff has to get the job. Perhaps Davis doesn’t want to lose Hue Jackson?

  9. Disciplining players has never been a Davis concern. Looking like giant killers one week and a Division III school the next, is.

  10. If someone could explain to me why anyone would want to work for Al Davis, I’d appreciate it. Maybe coaching candidates will think, “Hey, if I get fired after after improving my team by three games more than they’ve won in years, that should set me up pretty well to find a nice job on one of the other 31 teams. As long as I don’t pull a Lane Kiffin.”

  11. He fires Cable AND allows Jackson to interview with the 49ers? I guess the Raiders offseason will be interesting….Josh McDaniels head coach with Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator? Bring back Moss!

  12. Cable is a victim of his own mistakes, he mis managed a lot especially in the 2 min drill. Don’t worry Raiderfans Hue Jackson is a hell of a OC & WILL BECOME THE HC of the silver & black. Jackson will do a fine job in the Black hole look for a 10 plus wins season in 11 for OAKLAND.

  13. Al maybe has Jim Harbaugh, lined up ? Nothing else makes any sense. Why Al, WHY do you make it so hard for us die hard RAIDER fans ? Are you really a vampire and 1500 years old ?? Cable made us fans PROUD to be RAIDER fans once again this season. WHY Al, why ?

  14. I am not buying the schefter report yet until its verified!! Al does not have to pick up option unitl Jan 18th– what’s the rush– i hope its wrong!! i have been reserving judgement of al due to his age,experience, and knowledge of nfl. but if it is true then the only way things change if al does or ?????

  15. Okay Senile Al supporters and Adam Schefter is a rumor monger black and silver glass wearing Raider douches, fresh crow served!!!!!

  16. Hue Jackson next Raider HC. Mark it down.

    And to the KC Queefs fan, oh, they laid down alright, they also bent over and asked for more.

  17. chiefs did not lay down, haley played starters almost the entire game! they got whipped plain and simple and chiefs had a difference in play off seed they were playing for.
    there was also a report released just prior to KC game that option may not be exercised–possible ploy by Al–but players responded with a thumping of KC– players believe in cable –i guess that may be a big strike against him in al’s eyes.

  18. I’m by no means a Raiders fan. . . .

    I don’t understand this move at all. . .

    Cable had them going the right direction, at least give the man another year.

  19. I know it will never happen, but wouldn’t be great to see Mike Leach as the coach in Oakland. Or maybe Parcells will go out to Oakland as GM/President and try for the ultimate resurrection. Aren’t Al and the Tuna friends?

  20. Man, I’m too late. You guys beat me to the slap jokes.

    Seriously, though, the guy’s a creep, but since when did that bother ancient Al? The Raiders seem to be improving, but whatever…..

    Maybe Cleveland should interview cable and Oakland can interview Mangini…..

  21. baxt says: Jan 4, 2011 10:00 PM

    See faider fans, even Al Davis knows the Chiefs layed down for them last week. In Al’s eyes you’re 7-9. Oh well, what’s another losing season for the silver & black?
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    jbaxt, I think you need to worry about the Ravens. if we freaked Cassel out with 7 sacks , 2 picks and his WORST game of the season…you know what Ray Lewis and that goon squad is going to do. Congrats on the record for consecutive losing first round playoff appearances, btw.

    toodles.

  22. can’t blame Al…why pay cable 3 million if there is going to be no football next year. Even if a cba gets completed sometime down the road, i think we can find somebody that can go 17-27……and for all idiots who can’t believe it, lets just see what other nfl team hires cable.

  23. Parcells will go out to Oakland as GM/President and try for the ultimate resurrection. Aren’t Al and the Tuna friends?
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    Yeah, they started out coaching at Army back in the 50s, then Davis split for Southern Cal, San Diego and eventually da Raiders…. Parcells quiet, so who knows? Parcells said he considered Al Davis a friend (but he did talk Sean Payton out of going to Oak in 2004)

  24. This is like dandruff (a head-scratcher.)

    Perhaps it was merely financial, but Cable had the team winning football games.

    So, Marvin Lewis keeps his job and Cable doesn’t, huh? What a wacky carousel.

  25. Those losses against the Cardinals, 49ers, & Jags proved how badly the team underachieved. That’s on the coach. You let a weak Dolphin team, & the Texans (with their horrible defense) come into your house & beat you down. Not to mention that they led the league in penalties & penalty yardage (or were close to the top).

    Clearly, the team did not focus hard enough or play hard enough. Cable had to go. Come to think of it, Tyvon Branch or Michael Huff seemed to be on almost every highlight reel play for the opposing team. If you look at every single TD scored against the Raiders this yr, you’ll see #33 &/or #24 NOT making a play.

    Tyvon Branch had a horrible year. He made a lot of tackles, but MAN…he got burnt, probably more than any other DB in the NFL. 74% of the throws against him were successful. That is pitiful.

    No wonder Cable got fired. Tyvon, you’re officially a ‘coach killer’. Oooops. Sorry. I meant “coach KILLA”.

  26. btw…nancy gay and bspn are still a bunch of haters………everybody , even PFT had cable on the hot seat the entire season….Cable knew in his post game interview that he was done…the deal he had with Davis this year was to win the AFC West, which they did not do……I do know Gruden wants the job again, but doubt it happens…most people are spot on with Harbaugh or Jackson…but nothing will get done until there is a cba in place.

  27. It is being reported at the San Francisco Chronicle that Hue Jackson has already accepted the Raiders Head Coaching Job per a source close to Jackson.

    I liked Cable but this Raiders Team should have won the West this year and as the Chargers TE Gates stated the wrong Team is representing the west in the Playoffs, Gates stated it should be the Raiders. He should know he played both teams twice.

  28. al’s a disgrase, what a f***ing joke, he keeps sabotaging the team even the players are sick of the changes every year!!!!! no ones gonna want to coach for him pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Very questionable.

    27 potential free agents, all of whom wanted Cable back. New team with a new coach.

  30. I think Al thinks he’ll have a chance to pick up one of the many head coaches in play this offseason. Should be interesting to see who bites. McDaniels perhaps.

  31. If anyone thinks Cable is an Xs and Os guy that makes a difference for the raiders, they should get their head examined. Hue Jackson FTW

    Also, I find it funny how everyone bashes Kiffin, but he was the FIRST person to tell people that Kiffin was a fraud and a liar. Davis got lambasted, but in hindsight, Davis was right.

  32. I’ve also read in the San Fran Chronicle that sources said that it’s Hue’s job.

    That means that they can continue to build on the momentum and reduce salary costs. It may be a good move.

  33. Well, this makes perfect sense. Best season the Raiders have had in years. Team is really starting to gel. Absolutely … fire the coach. I get it. Totally.

    (Um, Mr. Rooney, in case I haven’t said it lately … I love you.)

  34. Wow. Who’d have thought that a 235 year-old man that wears track suits and aviators would make yet another ridiculous decision? All of you people that think they’ve got a chance to land any semblance of a decent coach are high on meth.

  35. Now now Raider Fans and Raider haters…..Let’s be frank here…..there is a reason why the Raiders Offense went from Retarded to one of the best….Top 5 to be exact…so all you haters chew on that for a second…..the incredible turn around is credited to Hue Jackson….and with all these teams swarming to fill their HC postions…no way Al Davis lets his Offensive Minded coach get away from him. I love Ya Cable, but Drive on Raider Nation…Drive on.

  36. Let me start out by saying I hate the Raiders. They are my most hated team in any sport. But, they finally have a coach that seemed to turn the team around after years of losing and losing and losing so what do they do? They fire the guy. This is another example of how insane Al Davis truly is. He has no grasp of reality and hasn’t had it for years. Who’s he going to bring in now? One of the coordinators? If he was a horse they’d shoot him.

  37. If he was going to fire Cable it should have been last off season! Why do this after giving Jackson permission to speak to the 49ers?

  38. Al Davis at the press conference:
    “I spent 15 million on salaries this year and…’
    Al, Al, excuse me, that was 150 million in salary..”
    “That is ridiculous, I would never spend that you
    &##@ idiot! Like I was saying, I spent 15 million on salaries, and the damn coach doesn’t even put Fred Biletnikoff in the game?”
    Al, Fred retired in 1979…
    “We didn’t score enough points. You have to score more point to win. Darn Flores…”
    Al, your coach is Tom Cable, not Tom Flores…Cable.
    Tom Cable.
    “cable? Cable? Cable will never take off, people just won’t pay for TV… Heh, paying for TV. You people are a bunch of #@!! Morons.”

  39. It looks like Cable was Al’S puppet for the last couple of years. Just stand on the sideline and do as I say and agree with my personel decisions. Cable did that and did a good job of it. Now the problem is that Hue Jackson came in and did a helluva job and doubled our offensive production from a year ago. He has aspiratitons to be a head coach. The 49’ers have already called and Denver is sniffing around too. I would really hate to see Hue Jackson go anywhere within the division. We only have 2 coaches under contract at the moment. Marshall and Jackson. So if Al is willing to fire Cable to hire Jackson then he should be willing to give up a little bit of control as far as personell decisions are concerned. I really dont see Harbaugh as an option here. Gruden wont be back either. Al will wait and let Jackson interview for a bit and then sign him. As you all can see Cable is not exactly a sought after head coach at the moment. I dont mean to sound down on him, but he hasnt set himself as elite yet. He will end up somewhere as an Offensive line coach. So as Raider fans we can expect another turbulent off season and hopefully we will emerge as the class of the AFC WEST next season.

  40. Al Davis has been a hard man to figure out for a long time. Lately he has been more so. He insisted on drafting Jamarcus and then insisted that Cable play the guy and keep working with him. Cable had to fiddle with that lazy bum for two years, so Al has that one on his a$$. Now Cable has the team going better every game, the players evidently like him, and Al fires him. WTF Al? Don’t ya like to win?

    And the assistant coach that got his jaw broke sounded like he needed to get mashed. Insolent big mouthed coaches need to go down the road. Anybody can be a smart mouth.

  41. I f’n hate the Raiders and their fans but even I feel bad for them. That loser organization finally gets some momentum going and the crypt keeper inserts his bony finger once again where it doesn’t belong.

  42. Hue Jackson is the new HC i am listning to bay area
    sports talk news,from what i am hearing he’s the guy.

    It was more Jackson than Cable.

    I feel bad about Cable..but 8-8 has ALOT to do with Jackson.

  43. Just when the Raiders become relevant again they take a step back. Unless they make a big hire, like Jim Harbaugh, Cable’s firing makes no sense. The presence of Al Davis and moves like letting go of Cable will scare quality coaches away. If this same exact team was named the Carolina Panthers coaches would be lining up for the job, but it’s not so the Raiders will hire some desperate straggler of a coach. Shame.

  44. Once the offense turned around under Jackson, Al knew he didn’t need Cable any longer. Cable was always a transitional coach. He was just a seat warmer till Al got his dream coach. Hue Jackson is what Al has been waiting for since he traded Gruden.

  45. The Raiders are so irrelevant I did not see them on TV this year but I was wondering if they still have those “Committment to Excellence” banners all around the stadium?
    Someone please explain to me how Madden ever won a SuperBowl, unless he hurt Vermiel’s feelings prior to the game.
    Oh, Thanks for the 1st round pick for Seymour, how did that work out for you?
    The Pats give up a 4th for Moss but get a 3rd three years later.
    Thanks! How is that 4th rounder working out for you?
    Committment to Excellence, One less team to worry about in the AFC.

  46. At least they didn’t leave the poor guy waiting for weeks as Cryptkeeper Al is prone to do. I thought Cable did a pretty good job, but I can kind of understand this move as long as they promote Hue Jackson. That seems to be what they intend to do, but with Al Davis you can never be sure.

  47. richabbs says:
    Jan 4, 2011 10:28 PM
    I know it will never happen, but wouldn’t be great to see Mike Leach as the coach in Oakland. Or maybe Parcells will go out to Oakland as GM/President and try for the ultimate resurrection. Aren’t Al and the Tuna friends?
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    Davis never has and never will hire a GM! He is so senile he thinks he is doing a good job as owner/GM! That team won’t hire a real GM at least until the day after the Crypt Keeper dies and even then it probably won’t happen because Davis’ idiot son will take over! I do hope Davis lives forever though so they can continue their losing ways!

  48. Ok, where are all you Shefter haters who said “Al never lets anyone know what’s happening, stop spreading sh** Shefter!!”

    Admit it, he knew just as he knew about Art Shell. I’m a die hard Raiders fan, but I abhor their front office with Herrera and wish Al would give up and just hire a GM. Otherwise this team will never ever finish above .500 until Davis is gone.

  49. They finally get someone who is able to motivate that POS team to a .500 level and drastically improve them in all levels…….and this is how Al repays him?

    Hey Roger? THIS is where you should be sticking your damn nose! Get in there! The old man obviously isn’t mentally capable of running this NFL team anymore.

  50. @radrntn says:
    Jan 4, 2011 10:37 PM
    btw…nancy gay and bspn are still a bunch of haters………everybody , even PFT had cable on the hot seat the entire season….
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    I think you are missing the point. Wasn’t he just fired? Looks like PFT et al were right.

  51. Gotta love the blissful ignorance of Raider fans: Schefter/Gay are know-nothings and Cable will be the coach…no wait, Cable deserved to go ’cause this is such a great team and should have won the AFCW…and…and Harbaugh will be the coach – yeah, that’s it! Al let Cable go because Harbaugh wants to work for Al!
    Shell, Kiffin, Cable – those were all top flight coaching prospects that Al convinced to come to Oakland, so Harbaugh will definately want to work for an organization that as recently as 27 years ago knew what it was doing.
    Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  52. The Crypt Keeper weighs in. Good Job Al. Way to doom your team, just when they were starting to show signs of life.

    Sorry Raidernation you will have to go back and hibernate in the black hole until ????

    BTW where is that Raider homer JoeToronto? How come he hasn’t commented on this?

    For the record, the Chiefs didn’t lay down, they got their a$$e$ handed to them. If they had pulled the starters in the second half then you might be able to make that argument but saying they laid down when the starters played the whole game just proves how little you know about the football.

  53. jjackwagon says: Jan 5, 2011 8:07 AM

    BTW where is that Raider homer JoeToronto? How come he hasn’t commented on this?
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    I’m guessing you want my opinion???

    I would have preferred to stay the course, personally.

    I understand what Al Davis is thinking though, and to be completely honest, I’m not shocked by this, I’m disappointed.

    The Raiders are actually a very talented football team and Al Davis knows it. They’re very young, but very talented.

    Losing to teams like Arizona, Miami, SF, Houston and Jacksonville sealed his fate, along with making comments about how he was happy with the season.

    Regardless of who the HC will be, the Raiders will be one hell of a good football team next year.

  54. @jbaxt:
    The only thing that got laid last Sunday was the wood…. right up Cassel’s a#%hole…

    gypjet says:
    Jan 4, 2011 10:02 PM
    Maybe Big Ben can hire him to keep his drunk teenage women in place.
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    Gotta love the first worthlessburger disser, way to pull his sorry ass out of nowhere… too funny!
    I admire anyone who goes out of their way to rip on Sh#ttsburgh!

  55. After wathcing the Raiders this season it doesn’t suprise me that Cable is out. Although 8-8 is an improvement, what is with all the penalties! Can we find a coach willing to adress this problem seriously. How many games did the raiders have a legitimate chance to win, then do something stupid to get a flag thrown. Also, going 6-0 in the division is great, but only winning 2 non-divisional games will get you fired. Goood luck in the future Raiders, we got the talent, but someone has got to smarten this team up.

  56. Cable did this to himself and he should have learned what happens to coaches that cross Al Davis from what happened to Kiffin. Al wanted HIS QB in and Cable kept going back to Gradkowski and now, he’s paid the price. Whatever you may think about Davis and his possible loss of his thoughts or bowel moves, you have to understand that he wants what he wants and if you’re not on the same page, you’re either going to get on it or you’re gong to get gone. I also think that Jackson plays a role but only because he was Al’s man and I don’t think that Al wants to lose him to their Bay Area rival.

  57. Relax everyone….I agree players played hard for him..but he wasnt much of an offensive play caller. I just heard Adam Schefter say that he could be hired as n offensive coordinator……..He was the worst play caller. Lets face it. Since last year the only new additions on the raider offense has been jarred valdheer and jacoby ford. Everyone one else has stayed the same. Hue Jack used the same players and propelled them to new levels. Cable couldnt. The offense has seen drastic changes…..I loved the guy but with the head coaching job he had his hand in too many plates. I really think he is going to hire Harbaugh ….seems like it…He likes Al and he has been a Raider Lifer…… If not Harbaugh then he is definitely keeping Hue Jack……he seems like he can handle the team. I wish Tom Cable the best though…I really hope he lands well and he will….Im confident he will get hired quick. He was a great line coach

  58. JakeDSnake

    Gotta love the blissful ignorance of Raider fans: Schefter/Gay are know-nothings and Cable will be the coach…no wait, Cable deserved to go ’cause this is such a great team and should have won the AFCW…and…and Harbaugh will be the coach – yeah, that’s it! Al let Cable go because Harbaugh wants to work for Al!
    Shell, Kiffin, Cable – those were all top flight coaching prospects that Al convinced to come to Oakland, so Harbaugh will definately want to work for an organization that as recently as 27 years ago knew what it was doing.
    Yeah, that’s the ticket!
    __________________________________
    Did you know that Harbaugh was once with the Raiders as the QB coach????? He talks with Al Davis regularly and has always said how much he loves the team and would love to coach them…….

  59. Now that the regular season is over Matt Millen is probably looking for a new gig. Anything to get that face off my TV screen and trite comments out of my ears… Please!

  60. Yeah, how DARE the Raiders fire a coach who beat up one of his employees.

    Raider fans, you guys shouldn’t be too upset about this one. Cable had nothing to do with the talent that your team has stumbled upon, and did anyone realistically think he was going to lead them to a Super Bowl?

  61. I could care less what you haters say. We kicked ass this year. A kick here and a stop there and we’re playing the ravens at home on Sunday. We’ve done something this year that we haven’t done the previous 7 and that’s score points. Obviously we’ve got more work to do, but nonetheless, alot of pieces are in place for another solid team come next year.

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