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Tom Cable lands in Seattle

Just one hour after Raiders owner Al Davis did his best to make sure no one would ever hire Tom Cable again, the Seahawks announced they’ve hired Cable as assistant head coach/offensive line coach.

Down the coast in Oakland, Cable’s old co-worker Hue Jackson was simultaneously slamming Cable and giving him a reference.

“What Tom [Cable] is, he’s an exceptional line coach,” Jackson said.   (Ouch.)

It is a nice move for Seattle and ensures the team will get the zone blocking scheme Pete Carroll envisioned a year ago.   Cable’s mentor Alex Gibbs initially installed his system in Seattle, then left before the regular season started.

Todd Wash was also announced as Seattle’s new defensive line coach.

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  1. raider316 says: Jan 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    The Sat. Nights before Seahawk games just got allot more exciting.

  2. radrz848 says: Jan 18, 2011 7:40 PM

    Good to hear.Im a Tom Cable fan and am glad he landed on his feet.

    Best of luck Tom!!!!

  3. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 7:40 PM

    I thought the Raiders were going places with Cable this last season. WTF is wrong with Al Davis and that organization?

  4. hawkapalooza says: Jan 18, 2011 7:41 PM

    I like it. Hawks need all the attitude they can get!

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 18, 2011 7:42 PM

    Okung just got better.

  6. seahawks670 says: Jan 18, 2011 7:44 PM

    Great move.

  7. conseannery says: Jan 18, 2011 7:45 PM

    Thanks Raiders for making us ‘Phins fans feel like we have a normal owner by comparison.

  8. mymorningstory says: Jan 18, 2011 7:47 PM

    Cable was the only one to take that group and make them play week in and week out. I just don’t understand the hatred towards him in Oakland.

  9. bucforever says: Jan 18, 2011 7:48 PM

    Just gose to show the respect that Al Davis gets from the other owners. looks like his personal opinion of anybody just dose not carry any weight with owners who appreciate real talent.

  10. hobartbaker says: Jan 18, 2011 7:49 PM

    After they cut Cable in Oakland the old shipwreck drifted up the west coast before finally running aground near Mercer Island.

  11. FinFan68 says: Jan 18, 2011 7:49 PM

    conseannery says:
    Jan 18, 2011 7:45 PM
    Thanks Raiders for making us ‘Phins fans feel like we have a normal owner by comparison.
    Naw, they got a little more work to do before they surpass our coaching/Parcells fiasco this year.

  12. outlaw1388 says: Jan 18, 2011 7:55 PM

    Good O-line coach….and just think, next year when Seattle goes 8-8 he can proclaim that they are not losers no more….lol

  13. artiesliver says: Jan 18, 2011 7:56 PM

    Tom Cable is fat.

  14. vaneeghan says: Jan 18, 2011 8:04 PM

    Glad he landed on his feet. Cable’s an excellent O-line coach; Seattle will see immediate improvement.

    Carroll seems to have a penchant for picking up old Cal Bears.

  15. stockpickgame says: Jan 18, 2011 8:07 PM

    Expect Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett’s yardage to spike in 2011. Everyone wants to bag on Cable in Oakland. Cable did an excellent job in his first full year as coach w/o Jamarcus Russell. Ask McFadden what influence Cable had on his career. I’m glad Cable landed on his feet. Hopefully, he will get a chance to stick it to Undead Al-both in court, and on the field before the Crypt Keeper croaks.

  16. seahawks4alltime says: Jan 18, 2011 8:13 PM

    I’m a huge Seahawks fan and I think Cable can do the unimaginable and turn our offensive line from a piece of swiss cheese to a serious force to be reckoned with. I like the addition of Tom Cable. But I’m surprised he managed to get the “assistant head coach” title. Oh well, as long as he’s not the head coach I’m okay with it.

  17. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 18, 2011 8:19 PM

    Man, imagine how many women and assistant coaches Tom Cable can beat up when he’s all hopped up on some seriously good Seattle coffee!

  18. picksix401 says: Jan 18, 2011 8:20 PM

    once again, the raiders got Al Davised.. quite a shame since it finally looked like cable was taking them somewhere

  19. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 18, 2011 8:31 PM

    Randy Hanson thought moving to Seattle would be an escape from his days in Oakland, but is now calling Mayflower.

  20. fumblenuts says: Jan 18, 2011 8:43 PM

    This should be a big plus for RB’s Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett.

  21. cup0pizza says: Jan 18, 2011 8:45 PM

    Lock up your women, Seattle.

  22. goawayeverybody says: Jan 18, 2011 8:47 PM

    I like Tom Cable.

  23. richm2256 says: Jan 18, 2011 8:50 PM

    “What Tom [Cable] is, he’s an exceptional line coach,” Jackson said.

    I don’t know this guy and I already don’t like him.

    Why would ANY new HC feel the need to disparage the man who’s job he just took, his old boss, at that?

    Tacky, tacky, tacky…….

    Sorry Raider fans, but I hope this team goes 1-15 next year and comes in SECOND in the draft. And this is from a Pat’s fan who’s team is GETTING that pick!

  24. commandercornpone says: Jan 18, 2011 9:02 PM

    it’s a left handed compliment, but i have heard of people delivering worse ones.

  25. conjecture101 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:03 PM

    Cable can run a o-line effectively, just not an offense, let alone an entire team. Good luck Tom.

  26. hooterdawg says: Jan 18, 2011 9:05 PM

    Great move by the Hawks. Maybe Aso and Gallery will follow soon…It looks like Cable pounded Davis’ face before he left…

  27. dafixisin says: Jan 18, 2011 9:14 PM

    Could almost see this move coming a mile away. Cable is a local boy (Snohomish County), is a zone blocking believer (unlike Hue Jackson, which is where any, if any “friction” may have existed), and he did a bang-up job maximizing the mediocre O-line talent that Al Davis annually pawned off on him.

    The next non-surprise should could when the next CBA takes effect. If Robert Gallery is allowed to become a free agent under the new CBA rules, then it’s a pretty safe bet that he becomes the ‘Hawks future LG. When Unger returns next season, this line will have at least three solid pieces here. A healthy Okung, Unger and Gallery isn’t a bad start at all. If Pete wants to keep Locklear, then I’m sure they can swing that deal. The big zero is center. Spencer gets blown into the backfield like he’s been hit by a Yugo or something. Cable does know his O-line and will maximize whatever Seattle gives him. Once you’ve proven that you can work your magic in Oakland, your kung fu is good anywhere else in the league.

    As a Raiders fan, I begrudgingly admit this was a great move for Pete Carroll and Co. If Gallery ends up in Seattle, Raiderkarma strikes yet again.

  28. jackofnotrades says: Jan 18, 2011 9:17 PM

    This is an excellent move. Another former raider HC (Callahan) is currently in charge of the best OL in football a few years running now on the jets.

    This is an EXCELLENT move for Seattle.

  29. conjecture101 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:21 PM

    Have fun with Gallary. Just don’t play him at tackle because you will be out of QB’s by week 3.

  30. grandpoopah says: Jan 18, 2011 9:23 PM

    How long before he chokes Pete Carroll?

  31. hawkman84 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:29 PM

    Eww! A Raider.

    Cable’s a good guy…but did it have to be someone from Raider nation!

    But I admit, our O-line is already better with this hire and he’ll definitely put fire in their asses.

    Now our O-line will actually give a damn if Matt gets sacked (Spencer and Locklear)!

    But Lock will be long gone by then anyway….

  32. fellorio says: Jan 18, 2011 9:32 PM

    I think you should apologize to Al Davis

  33. raiderjack says: Jan 18, 2011 9:34 PM

    When he was with oakland all you guys talked about him like he was the worlds biggest piece of crap. Now seattle has made a great move and he’s an oline wiz. Typical raider hatin’. With that being said good luck tom you are a good coach, wish u were still ours.

  34. radrntn says: Jan 18, 2011 9:35 PM

    lets face the facts…some guys are better asst. coaches/ coordinators then they are head coaches….Tom Cable is a great O-line coach but sucked as a head coach especially in 09 when he tried to be a three headed monster by being a head coach, o-line coach, and play caller.

  35. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 9:45 PM

    Tom Cable = Mike Tice Great for the line but questionable HC.

  36. gooselife says: Jan 18, 2011 10:04 PM

    Nice hire hawks! I’m excited by this, we need some attitude and toughness on the O-line, cable will bring that. Good Riddance Jeremy bates

  37. encinitasraider says: Jan 18, 2011 10:08 PM

    LOL….Seahawks fans should be scared and better run and hide….better lock up your wives because Cable may bitch slap them…..

    Funny thing is that our line sucked when Cable coached the Oline. Then he took over the offensive play calling last year and our Offense was 31st in scoring….Guess what happens when you hire a good coach? Your Offense goes from 31st in scoring to 6th.

    Guess what Hue Jackson did this year? He uninstalled Cables Zone Blocking and brought the Blocking Schem from the Ravens to the Raiders….
    So good luck with Cable, he is not even a good OLINE Coach.

  38. oldbyrd says: Jan 18, 2011 10:09 PM

    Good for Tom. Al Davis needs oxygen

  39. blackfootkiller says: Jan 18, 2011 10:09 PM

    Hey dafixisin, hope you’re not teasing man…
    Would love to see Gallery lined up next to Okung!
    Hawks haven’t had a running game since ’05, this would fix a lot of what is wrong with that offense.

  40. boknowsvt says: Jan 18, 2011 10:10 PM

    richm2256 says: Jan 18, 2011 8:50 PM

    “What Tom [Cable] is, he’s an exceptional line coach,” Jackson said.

    I don’t know this guy and I already don’t like him.

    Why would ANY new HC feel the need to disparage the man who’s job he just took, his old boss, at that?

    Tacky, tacky, tacky…….

    Sorry Raider fans, but I hope this team goes 1-15 next year and comes in SECOND in the draft. And this is from a Pat’s fan who’s team is GETTING that pick!


    Actually Pats “fan”, you guys get the 17th pick of this years draft from us (not the top 5 pick you fools thought you’d get). Thanks for Seymour by the way…totally worth the 17th pick.

  41. hawkman84 says: Jan 18, 2011 10:15 PM


    Seems like all our coaches are leaving except the one who needs to go the MOST…..Gus Bradley!

    Or at least adopt a whole new defensive approach.

    How about we hire a DC who actually isn’t shy about MAKING our CBs PRESS COVER receivers, instead of always playing 7-10 yds off!

    You could see how our receivers were stifled getting off the line in the Bears game when they pressed us…hmmm, probably bc we’re not used to fighting off the press at practice.

    If Bradley is a proponent of the “Tampa 2” defense then how about ACTUALLY scheming up to the aggressive philosophy of the Tampa 2 that Tampa Bay ACTUALLY utilized during their SB run with Gruden!

    I just don’t get it!

  42. radrntn says: Jan 18, 2011 10:28 PM

    gotta love the raiders fans who were happy going 17-27 under cable….fact is he is a better o-line coach then head coach…smart move by seahwaks if they prefer a zbs, which I am not….i prefer to go with some beef…so by by carlise

  43. encinitasraider says: Jan 18, 2011 10:32 PM

    Hue Jackson comments are taking out of context….listen to the press confrence if you want the truth…..

  44. raiderapologist says: Jan 18, 2011 11:07 PM

    “What Tom [Cable] is, he’s an exceptional line coach,” Jackson said. (Ouch.)

    I don’t know if Cable is an exceptional line coach of not, but he doesn’t have any trouble getting work as a line coach, so he’s either good at it, or he just calls somebody and says, “Hire me or get used to eating through a straw.” Davis is the guy that retained Cable after the jaw-breaker-wife-beater stories came out, and only fired him because he didn’t beat Jacksonville and Miami and San Francisco. And maybe Arizona. He didn’t get fired this year because he couldn’t control his temper last year. Al is just being a douche.

  45. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 18, 2011 11:32 PM

    The Raiders actually looked like a team 1 or 2 seasons away from serious playoff contention. Tom Cable was a good guy for that team, he really shaped it up. Al Davis is and always will be an idiot.

  46. cosanostra71 says: Jan 18, 2011 11:44 PM

    Good hire for Seattle. It was obvious they missed Gibbs this year!

  47. ohioraider says: Jan 19, 2011 12:17 AM

    Ok so Cable coached what was the worst Offensive line I had ever seen in 2009. They could not even stay on there feet for more than a second. Hue Jackson was the one who figured out how to use McFadden, Ford, Campbell, and Murphy while keeping Heyward-Bey on the field. Offense will put fans in the seats, but defense (or referees) win championships. See: Pittsburgh

  48. aigraiders says: Jan 19, 2011 1:08 AM

    It’s true. A lot of Raider fans are Al’s Sheeps. They’re drinking up all of Al’s words today. What an embarrassment! Al is only interested in personal vendettas and I feel bad that Jackson’s family had the front row seat to the entire thing today.

    Tom Cable inherited a lousy mess in Al v. Kitten. He inherited what will prob be the worst draft pick ever in JaWalrus Russell. He made them compete in Dec every year and stopped the label of “laughingstock” of the NFL. How many probowlers have Al drafted in the past 7 years?

    I wish TC all the best. Seattle is lucky to have him.

  49. willcoop says: Jan 19, 2011 1:18 AM

    Tom, did you have to hit a senior before you turned in your Raiders badges?

  50. jgrange says: Jan 19, 2011 2:33 AM

    Yeah, Tom Cable is a great o-line coach. He asked for Kwame Harris, started Mario Henderson at LT, put the now starting LT for the Raiders in at center for no good reason, asked to get Langston Walker back and put him at RT when Khalif Barnes and Henderson would’ve been a better fit, and for some reason decided he never needed an upgrade over Cooper Carlisle. Pure genius.

    If your team is running a zone scheme then he is an above average coach but if your team is a power blocking unit then he’s dreadful and cannot coach up anybody. Basically, since he’s going to Seattle, he should be able to do some good things with Okung since he’s more finesse and a fit for zone blocking compared to brute strength and mauling.

  51. encinitasraider says: Jan 19, 2011 2:46 AM

    Aigraiders…is a fraud.

    Al answered the question that were ask. He did set out to blast Cable.

    1-did AL break Hansson jaw that caused hours and hours of leagal fees?
    2-Did Al assault a women like Cable?
    3-Did Al bring his girlfriend on away games like Cable did?
    not only that but Cable had the 6th highest scoring offense in the legue and could figure out to beat teams with losing records. Cable was hugging Jacksonville players after they just eliminated us from the playoffs. Cable is nothing more than a Wife beater, he brought nothing to the team. He couldnt even handle the offensive line this year. Jackson brought in his own blocking scheme and got away from Tom Cables bull crap zone blocking…….bye Cable dont let the door hit you in your big arse…..

    AL did nothing wrong today…he just answered question that were ask by the press…it’s not his fault some cant handle the truth.

  52. raiderredleg says: Jan 19, 2011 8:09 AM

    Good for Cable…He took over after the Kiffin mess and righted the ship.

    However, in the end he wasn’t an “Al Davis Guy” and wasn’t able to win with what is arguable a very talented roster now (especially after the 2010 draft).

    Once again he is very similar to Joe Bugel (Great OL Coach, but marginal HC).

    Now it is time to see what Hue Jackson can do.


    @richm2256…Thanks for proving to Raider Nation that you truly don’t know what you are talking about.

  53. aigraiders says: Jan 19, 2011 12:44 PM

    encinitasRaiders is a typical Al Davis sheep!

    It’s never good to air dirty laundry from the family out in the public. All Al did was embarrass himself today. I shake my head in embarrassment for the Raider Nation. Tell me if there is one organization in the world that do stupid and classless things like this?

    If Al hated Cable’s flaws so much, why didnt he fire him last year? Why didnt Al fire Kiffin in the offseason? He waited for personal vendettas at the expense of the team and fans. He could careless about winning. He only takes credit for last year’s draft but how about the previous 6 years? You’re just another sheep. I was once a sheep but no more!

  54. aigraiders says: Jan 19, 2011 1:21 PM

    BTW Jrange,

    Kwame Harris is a classic Al Davis former first rounder pickup. He’s gonna pick up Alex Smith pretty darn soon too.

    Al Davis proclaimed Henderson was going to be great during the Kitten presser.

    But why worry about the facts right?

  55. silvrnblak says: Jan 21, 2011 11:31 PM

    Cable is a good motivator but I don’t think he’s cut out to be a head coach in this league , at least not yet .. The Raiders O line wasn’t that good with Cable as their coach ,he is suppose to be a O line guru , he played favorites instead of who’s the best linemen , though they did get better the last few weeks of the season .. I do like Tom Cable but I give most of the credit to Hue Jackson for our Offensive production this past season as they doubled their points from last year .. The players played hard for Tom Cable real hard , I just didn’t like how he played around with the QB’S to much pulling Campbell putting Gradkowski in and out through the season before finally Campbell got the job because Grad got hurt .. Campbell should have been the starter the whole season and we would have made the playoffs .. I wish you the best Tom Cable good luck , but if you play the Raiders you will get smoked , lol ..

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