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Report: Lions “have interest” in Tom Cable

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A potential head-coaching candidate with prior NFL experience is reportedly on the Lions’ radar.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions “have interest” in Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable for their head-coaching vacancy.

Cable, 49, was 17-27 as the Raiders’ head coach from 2008 through 2010. He has been on the Seahawks’ coaching staff the last three seasons.

Were the Lions to interview Cable, they would have to conduct the discussion this week with the top-seeded Seahawks on bye.

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51 Responses to “Report: Lions “have interest” in Tom Cable”
  1. robgilman says: Dec 31, 2013 4:24 PM


  2. robgilman says: Dec 31, 2013 4:24 PM

    Cable and Suh would get along well

  3. floratiotime says: Dec 31, 2013 4:25 PM

    Run Tom Cable … RUN !!!

  4. boyfromoldflorida says: Dec 31, 2013 4:28 PM





    The Lions are allergic to winners.

    Same old sorry Lions.

    Is it too late to become a Jags fan?

  5. daltongang1 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:29 PM

    The guy actually did pretty well considering how terrible his roster was… He just had the misfortune of having Al Davis still alive at the time.

  6. goblueinnopho says: Dec 31, 2013 4:31 PM

    This is just tire kicking. I think the guys they really want to interview they can’t because they are either:

    Coaching their bowl games
    Are coaching this weekend.

    Cable has as much chance of becoming the Lions HC as Olaf has of putting his toes in the burning sand.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 31, 2013 4:32 PM

    He’s promised them at the interview he’s going to come out swinging…

  8. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 31, 2013 4:33 PM

    The guy who broke someone’s jaw…yeah he’ll instill more discipline in Detroit.

  9. hjb99992013 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:33 PM

    I thought it was almost New years day, not April fool’s day

    It is not funny to try to make fun of Lions fans in such a time of despair

  10. stevent92 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:33 PM

    That hire would be a real knock-out.

  11. hehateme1 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:34 PM

    How did his last head coaching stint work out?

  12. jonsilver1947 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:35 PM

    I remember him as Raiders coach…I thought he was in over his head…I’d be very disappointed if the Lions fired Schwartz to replace him with this guy…

  13. canaleja521 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:36 PM

    knowing this fool, he prolly gonna pick a fight with Suh

  14. mn1288 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:36 PM

    It just keeps getting better for the NFCN teams.

  15. dawsonleery says: Dec 31, 2013 4:37 PM

    So the out of control team is going to sign another out of control coach? Perfect.

  16. nrae73 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:37 PM

    Seems like a perfect fit….

    I so hope this happens, will be highly entertaining, unless your a Lions fan.

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:37 PM

    Tom Cable’s ready now. Now that he has Pete Carroll’s formula..Reggie Bush will love his running attack.

  18. jrod2go says: Dec 31, 2013 4:41 PM

    C’mon man…that’s not a championship move. Next!

  19. hehateme1 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:41 PM

    How did his last coaching stint go?

  20. polegojim says: Dec 31, 2013 4:42 PM

    Unbelievable… Lions Org determined to remain mediocre with bonehead attempts/hires like this.

    Cable good asst/line coach… He deserves that credit

  21. wholelottaawesome says: Dec 31, 2013 4:43 PM

    The current OC for the lions was the QB he blocked for in college…could be an interesting pairing.

    Go Vandals!

  22. socalcpa7 says: Dec 31, 2013 4:49 PM

    Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh, Bill Belichek, Tom Cable…yeah I can see it

  23. realfootballfan says: Dec 31, 2013 5:06 PM

    From one buffoon to the next I suppose, lol. Poor Lion fans.

  24. hurricanegrabowski says: Dec 31, 2013 5:17 PM

    He’s about as good as the Lions can get. No respectable head coach will go to Detroit. Fringe candidates like desperate ex coaches and too green coordinators will be the best they can get.

  25. silverandblack052099 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:17 PM

    If he does schedule an interview with the Lions they should expect him to show up sometime between 8:00 and 12:00.

  26. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 31, 2013 5:21 PM

    No way that happens.

  27. jacobslatter says: Dec 31, 2013 5:24 PM

    In the NFL (and in the workplace in general) if you aren’t a chronic womanizer you are seen as gay. Aaron Rodgers is just a normal dude brought up in a more civilized environment & that is foreign for a lot of Gen Y garbage who think getting more & more is the only goal in life. The USA has gone to hell in a hand basket, lack of morality.

  28. MichaelEdits says: Dec 31, 2013 5:28 PM

    That would be awesome. Tom Cable probably steps on more people that Ndamukong Suh does.

  29. frank booth says: Dec 31, 2013 5:29 PM

    You’re not losing a Schwartz- you’re gaining some Cable.

    Motor City Kitty starring Tom Cable and Reggie Bush.

    And Donald Driver as Calvin’s Johnson.

  30. jerrahsucks says: Dec 31, 2013 5:34 PM

    Yep, lets put the wife beater in charge of Suh, Fairley, and the rest of the deginerates

  31. shaggytoodle says: Dec 31, 2013 5:37 PM

    Yes please, hes not a terrible coach, but one that would let bonehead penalties still occur.

  32. goldiehawn9 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:57 PM

    Do not sell Tom Cable short guys.. he is a helluva coach.

  33. r8dernation says: Dec 31, 2013 6:00 PM

    How quick we forget the past. This guy punches more people than Suh kicks.

  34. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 31, 2013 6:09 PM

    Lol. Team needs one thing … Discipline. So the rumour is, maybe the least disciplined coach ever. I seem to recall him beating his own OC. Maybe bring in Haynesworth as his line coach, and while you’re at it, Russell as his QB coach.

  35. tinbender2000 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:16 PM

    The Lions can do better. They’d be lucky to get him in Cleveland or Washington. Nobody worth a darn in their right mind would take either of those jobs.

  36. barrywhererufrom says: Dec 31, 2013 6:27 PM

    So do the police

  37. green41563 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:33 PM

    Better snatch him up fast before the Browns hire him.

  38. skavage says: Dec 31, 2013 6:49 PM

    I wish all these wanna-be-like-the-Seahawks franchises would just keep their flippin’ mitts off our assistant coaches. 🙂

    If you really want what the Seahawks have going look at the philosophy behind the program and how the team has been built over the past 4 years. Good coaching? Hell yeah. But it’s the program COMBINED with great coaching that makes the on-field team successful.

    Say what you want about Pete Carroll but the guy knows how to run a program. I was one of the biggest groaners when his hiring was announced. But once you get to see and hear the man on a regular basis you can truly see the difference in his approach and what he stands for. Great coach. Great Manager. Greater person. Feel free to “thumbs down” my comments but if you’ve been around long enough to see the entire culture of this franchise change completely, then even as a PC “hater” you have to agree his philosophy works.

    Now go poke around and sniff at the 49er assistants and leave us to our little dark rain cloud in the PNW. Nothing to see here…move along.

  39. liddogg33 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:10 PM

    So funny how UNEDUCATED you lions fans are. Tom Cable is a GREAT COACH and as a diehard Seattle fan of all our assistants his departure would hurt the most. No chance your team goes from TOOLBAG Schwartz to such a class act!! Stick to clowns lions, no one wants to live in Detroit anyways!!!!

    GO HAWKS!!!

  40. yetimonster says: Dec 31, 2013 7:16 PM

    I think he would fit nicely in Detroit. Good coach.

  41. 1bigtex says: Dec 31, 2013 7:32 PM

    Has never had a winning record at any level as a Head Coach. Oh yeah. Give me some of that.

  42. hartleechung says: Dec 31, 2013 7:33 PM

    Remember the first time around for some coaches?

    Pete Carrol?
    Bill Belichick?
    John Fox?
    Shanahan (fired from Oakland)

    Sometimes a 2nd or 3rd chance is what is needed.

    Then again, it is Tom Cable LOL

  43. seahawksbmx says: Dec 31, 2013 8:14 PM

    Seahawks will soon need a new waterboy after some sorry team hires ours to be their new head coach. As long as Pete & John are running the show, we’ll be okay.

  44. ezwriter69 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:33 PM

    Perfect fit, hire a dude who literally broke the face of an assistant coach with a chair as the head coach of this bunch… I’m taking a Vegas prop on them obliterating the all-time penalty and personal foul records by week 8. Who gets the first felony charge, Cable or a player?

  45. chawk12thman says: Dec 31, 2013 9:14 PM

    Seahawks getting too much attention……..I hope that we don’t lose Tom or any of our other assistant coaches for at least another year……It will happen, with the Hawk success, it is inevitable. However, lets hope it doesn’t happen all at once.

  46. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:45 PM

    As a Seahawk fan, I’d prefer losing Bevell or Quinn before Cable. Cable turned our run game around and has done an amazing job.

  47. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 31, 2013 10:48 PM

    Cables biggest mistake was declaring the Rider weren’t losers anymore which posses off Davis because he was the reason they were losers in the fire place.Out goes Cable in goes Jackson and the rest is history.I hope Cable takes the Lions to a Super Bowl just to piss on Davis and the Raider “mystique” even more

  48. nativeraider says: Dec 31, 2013 10:52 PM

    Cable got a bad deal from my Raiders. I thought he deserved 1 more year to prove himself. He doesn’t really ASK for respect but he gets it just by the way he talks to people. Hes not a bad option Lions fans.

  49. vfan76 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:12 PM

    Why would ANYONE want to be part of the Raiders Org? It’s worthless and it’s where careers die.

  50. footballfather says: Jan 1, 2014 12:22 AM

    If the Lions act in coordination with what Lewand and Mayhew preached at their press conference, then they’ll keep Tom Cable far, far away from their team. As a die-hard Lions fan, that’s what I’m hoping for.

  51. adderal says: Jan 1, 2014 12:10 PM

    besides Cable’s past head coaching experience, isn’t he currently the o-line coach? Isn’t that oline about the only weakness on the team?

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