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Tom Cable believes he’ll be a head coach again


During the still-spinning NFL coaching carousel cycle, former Raiders coach Tom Cable’s name came up once, in connection with an ultimately debunked report that the Lions wanted to interview him.

They didn’t, and Cable has drawn no interest as to any of the other six vacancies — all but two of which are now filled.

But Cable is keeping the faith.  Cable told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believes he’ll be an NFL head coach again.

“I think the shot will come,” Cable said Tuesday night.  “I’ve been told that a number of times. . . .  I’ll be a head coach again someday, just when the right owner and organization wants a tough style and a demanding style and discipline and all those things that go with it. . . . When that opportunity comes, I’ll be ready for it, and we’ll be successful.”

It’s unclear when or if the opportunity will come, and whether Cable will be successful the second time around, if there is one.  But he’s definitely doing well in his current job as offensive line coach of the Seahawks, helping the team get through a stretch where multiple injuries made it very hard to run the offense.

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  1. floratiotime says: Jan 14, 2014 10:01 PM

    … In division III…

  2. vusnu says: Jan 14, 2014 10:01 PM

    Damn straight. Plenty of high schools out there are willing to hire Cable.

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jan 14, 2014 10:03 PM

    HAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAA. Maybe if the UFL keeps going. Or comes back, i’m not sure what state its in. Either way never going to happen.

  4. pathsovglory says: Jan 14, 2014 10:03 PM

    say what you want about Cables past “character issues”, but he was turning Oakland around, all the while leading a great rushing attack, before they canned him.

    look at the numbers he’s helping Marshawn Lynch put up even with a banged-up O-line in Seattle

  5. realnflmaster says: Jan 14, 2014 10:07 PM

    Delusional. Unless the UFL comes back into existence.

  6. primenumber19 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:07 PM

    Mike Tice has a better shot than this meathead.

  7. raiderman81 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:08 PM

    Or when an owner needs to have an assistant coach errrr informant / team spy knocked out.. cable is the man

  8. raiderapologist says: Jan 14, 2014 10:09 PM

    Fred Flintstone should get a HC gig and hire Mike Tice to be his OC, and Rob Ryan to be his DC. In Cleveland.

  9. addict2sport says: Jan 14, 2014 10:10 PM

    So many Raider fans complain about Hue Jackson being fired but Cable is the one they let go far too soon.

  10. alldonesmith says: Jan 14, 2014 10:11 PM

    In related news, Tom Cable is delusional. Then again, he can’t be worse than Jim Caldwell…

  11. TeamBalco says: Jan 14, 2014 10:11 PM

    And if it doesn’t come, somebody will get punched in the face! #TheNation

  12. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 14, 2014 10:12 PM

    Still better than Dennis Allen. We still cannot believe he was hired in the first place.

  13. shaggytoodle says: Jan 14, 2014 10:15 PM

    Minny. might take him up on that… I think he would be a decent fit for a power run team.

    He will also continue the tradition of not being able to develop QB talent.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 14, 2014 10:16 PM

    He has been an HC before. And plenty of teams turnover their HC each season. It’s only a matter of time before he is on the short list of fitting some team’s profile of having to have been a previous HC. As long as he doesn’t go to jail for anything in the meantime, yeah he’ll get another shot.

  15. jayniner says: Jan 14, 2014 10:19 PM

    You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don’t buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, “I Am Sam.” Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed…

  16. GenXJay says: Jan 14, 2014 10:20 PM

    I thought Cable would’ve been a shoe-in for the MotorCity. apparently, they went in a quiet, leaderless, passive direction.

  17. sonoco says: Jan 14, 2014 10:20 PM

    There’s that whole domestic abuse thing that might be hard to explain to the females of a fan base, at least for a head coaching position evidently.

  18. brazin99 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:21 PM

    Cable deserves a bit more than what PFT is calling him here. He is the Assistant Head Coach and O-Line coach. Maybe a small distinction to most, but in the Hawks organization it means something.

    Not only does he work miracles with o-linemen…which he does consistently, but he does it with less perceived talent. Case in point…Seahawks 2011 first rounder Carpenter and 2011 2nd rounder Moffet were both beat out.

    Carp by a 7th round rookie and Moffit by a 7th round former D-lineman that had never played a snap of O-line ebfore Coach Cable got him.

    If you value the zone blocking scheme this is the guy you want teaching it. I hope no one takes him away from the Hawks, even though he deserves another shot at a HC spot.

  19. beefturkey says: Jan 14, 2014 10:22 PM

    Sure you will. And while you’re on a delusional hot streak, make sure you put Bud Grant and Chuck Noll on your staff while you’re at it.

  20. tacasey says: Jan 14, 2014 10:24 PM

    I believe I will win the lotto so…….

  21. orivar says: Jan 14, 2014 10:24 PM

    There is 32 teams. Not everybody can be a head coach! Man.

  22. r8rnuck says: Jan 14, 2014 10:27 PM

    some people should just stick to their roles…we’ve already played that tune and it wasn’t worthy of a redo

  23. raideralex99 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:28 PM

    Cable was right about one thing … JaMacrus Russell is not a starting QB in the NFL.

  24. Tedskro says: Jan 14, 2014 10:29 PM

    lions should have an opening next year for underperforming ex-head coaches-Actual lions fan

  25. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 14, 2014 10:33 PM

    He should have never been let go by the Raiders.They were on an upward climb when he was coach and of course that corpse Al Davis does the logical thing and let’s him go.

  26. jayovalentine says: Jan 14, 2014 10:34 PM

    I dont like the Shehawks but dude doesnt get enough credit for the success here in Seattle. He will get another shot. Might not break anyone’s jaw though .

  27. slugdub says: Jan 14, 2014 10:35 PM

    If you land a gig, hire Randy Hanson back

  28. deepseabreeze says: Jan 14, 2014 10:38 PM

    honestly, the raiders should have never let him go. he was the perfect coach for that team and the players respected him. don’t forget, he was the head coach of a team that beat the seahawks 33-3 and the broncos 59-14. he deserves a shot somewhere.

  29. tinbender2000 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:38 PM

    Cleveland should call him, before they start the 2014 season without a head coach.

  30. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 14, 2014 10:43 PM

    Owners don’t want a guy who busts his employees in the jaw…makes them look bad.

  31. unislaya says: Jan 14, 2014 10:47 PM

    well, he is currently the best coach on that entire roster, so yeah

  32. fumblenuts says: Jan 14, 2014 10:48 PM

    Tom Cable believes he’ll be a head coach again?

    If you don’t believe him he’ll break your jaw!

  33. realitypolice says: Jan 14, 2014 10:49 PM

    Jim “Dime Store Indian” Caldwell just got another job. Anything can happen.

  34. ketch20too says: Jan 14, 2014 10:57 PM

    ” when the right owner and organization wants a tough style and a demanding style and discipline and all those things that go with it. ”

    Lions sure don’t need anything like that.

  35. mikethesteelerfan says: Jan 14, 2014 11:00 PM

    Would of been better than what Lions hired!!

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 11:03 PM

    Tom intends to use that as a springboard to a run for the Presidency in 2016.

  37. lionsfan2014 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:03 PM

    Why not, Jim Caldwell got another chance.

  38. leatherface2012 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:05 PM

    maybe with a cable company.

  39. klutch14u says: Jan 14, 2014 11:05 PM

    I just hope he goes to his interview with that big ol’ dip in his lip.

  40. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 14, 2014 11:18 PM

    Of course he will. He sees all of these other retreads getting jobs.

  41. gohawks89 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:20 PM

    don’t go tom…

  42. achordbw says: Jan 14, 2014 11:30 PM

    Zero chance.. Abuse women and break assistant coaches noses… Done as a head coach

  43. gerard33 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:40 PM

    Browns, next year

  44. westcoastraider says: Jan 14, 2014 11:53 PM

    For what it’s worth… I believe he will be a head coach again some day

  45. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    As he should. He was the last HC to make Oakland relevant. They had a power rushing attack and went 8-8 in 2010.

    I mean, if racial profiling can get Caldwell a job, Cable should be able to get one with his history.

  46. keepounding1234 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:59 PM

    His last year as a head coach he swept his division and lost to every other team outside of it. I thought they would keep him after that. He could have tightened that team up the following year.

  47. borisbulldog says: Jan 15, 2014 12:06 AM

    You can’t blame the guy for wanting another head job.

  48. jdubb84 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:31 AM

    his style of coaching is hard punching people in the fact. get em Tommy!!

  49. silverandblack052099 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:38 AM

    Tom Cable can coach. Good luck to him.

  50. raiders85 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:41 AM

    13Th man ?

  51. raidermark says: Jan 15, 2014 1:07 AM

    Sure, hire him so he can punch out another assistant again. He’s the refined version of Rob Ryan.

  52. thetooloftools says: Jan 15, 2014 1:34 AM

    Cable is a loser as a head coach. PERIOD.

  53. dsheik says: Jan 15, 2014 2:19 AM

    Hes going to have to take the long road to being a head coach again, he doesnt have Tony Dungy’s recommendation.

  54. meatcarroll says: Jan 15, 2014 2:23 AM

    Tom Cable is a total badass and I credit him for molding their OL and ground game from a bunch of meek little softies after they let Hutch leave in 06 into unapologetic ass-kickers in 2011. I honestly wish my Raiders didn’t stupidly fire him and I bet he’s the successor whenever Pete Carroll retires.

  55. arctantheta says: Jan 15, 2014 2:40 AM

    browns. if not now, then in a year or two. book it.

  56. favresweiner says: Jan 15, 2014 3:09 AM

    Remember when one of Tom’s assistant coaches on the Raiders “Fell out of his chair” and broke his jaw?

  57. guachosporlife says: Jan 15, 2014 3:18 AM

    “I think the shot will come”…dind’t this guy already take a shot at someone?

  58. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 15, 2014 4:22 AM

    The big difference between low character tom cable and other potential head coaching candidates:

    – tom cable has a long history of attacking and beating women

    – tom cable has a history of assaulting co-workers

    – tom cable is a loser (11 wins – 35 losses as college head coach)

    – tom cable is a loser (17 wins – 27 losses as NFL head coach)

  59. badmoonrison says: Jan 15, 2014 4:35 AM

    He’s gotten a lot of bad press esp when he coached my Raiders, some of it deservedly so, but he’s kept his nose clean and hes doing a fantastic job in Sea. I think he’s very deserving of another HC position. He was 8-8 his last year with the Raiders, plus he swept the entire divis that year, both of which are monumental tasks when you coach under Big Al. I hope he gets his shot.

  60. draconian1111 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:10 AM

    Cable was raised to a level of incompetence as a head coach – it happens to TONS of people – it’s not a slam. We reach our level of “great” – for some folks – that’s HC – for others, it’s coordinator. The key – is to realize it when you are IN it. Just because you are a good coordinator does NOT mean that you will ever be a good head coach.

  61. whatjusthapped says: Jan 15, 2014 5:16 AM

    He sounds so delusional that its a perfect fit for the Vikings fan who are equally if not more delusional.

  62. Heisenberg says: Jan 15, 2014 6:02 AM

    Cable would have Detroit to the NFC Championship game in two years. He made a completely talentless Raiders team into a real threat. Cable if most definitely head-coach material. I wouldn’t have minded a bit if Washington had hired him instead of Gruden.

  63. deep64blue says: Jan 15, 2014 6:50 AM

    Yes he will emphasise discipline like making sure you don’t assault fellow teammates, oh wait ……

  64. northwoodsjim says: Jan 15, 2014 7:18 AM

    Why not break the jaw of weakling owner, blame that guy and then try to blackmail…..guess you guys all forgot that

  65. teambringitstrong says: Jan 15, 2014 7:53 AM

    Say what you want about Cable based upon what you read in the media and jump to your own uninformed conclusions but Cable was the only coach in the Raider locker room that had command and control of that team.

    He stood up to the malcontents in on the team and put them in their place(s). Randy Hansen got what he deserved so don’t judge that situation while sitting on your high-horses far far away.

    Not sure about the allegations of his assault on females and that’s none of my business or anyone else.

    Bottom line, he may not be a glamor pick, but he can motivate.


  66. britishteeth says: Jan 15, 2014 8:07 AM

    Tom also believes a 1lb. bag of Doritos is a single serving.

  67. joetoronto says: Jan 15, 2014 8:08 AM

    Good luck, Tom. May you get even with Hue Jackson one day.

  68. jiggy3198 says: Jan 15, 2014 8:19 AM


  69. Patriot42 says: Jan 15, 2014 9:04 AM

    Anyone that accepts the job with Oakland forfeits the right to coach at any other head coaching job in the league because it shows the despair one has had in his life at that point.

  70. paulabe48 says: Jan 15, 2014 9:05 AM

    Hope browns get cable great coach

  71. blacktoothgrinn says: Jan 15, 2014 9:48 AM

    Al never should have fired Cable, it was all down hill after that. Cable was able to stand up to Al and bench Jamarcus. Then he took the team to 8-8, but that wasn’t good enough for that senile fool (god rest his soul). 1 missed Janikowski chip shot against Houston cost us a 9-7 season and the playoffs. If Cable is in charge the next season when Campbell went down, he wouldn’t have freaked out and sold the farm for Palmer. Maybe he would have kept the team rolling, oh and no Greg Knapp V2 either. Not saying they would have won the Super Bowl, but they would have been stable for the past couple years instead of the coaching carousel that has plagued them for the past decade. Maybe after Allen is fired next year we can get the Cable guy back.

  72. trollhammer20 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:46 AM

    I was dubious of Cable’s temperament after the incident with Randy Hanson. However, it then came out that Hanson took a gig at Cal Poly, where he was arrested for assault following a bar fight.

    Getting arrested for assault in SLO, the calmest, most mellow little city on God’s green earth, takes a very special set of skills, and told me that Hanson probably deserved whatever Cable gave him.

  73. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2014 11:47 AM

    Lol, I still can’t believe this clown ever held a head coaching job. Do people posting realize that he was a bad head coach in college, too? He was horrible there, too. Then, there’s the whole beating his wife and assaulting co-workers thing. I needed a good laugh this morning.

  74. radrntn says: Jan 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    let haters hate, but bottom line as the asst coach at Seattle he has help led them to the best record in the NFL. Pete Carroll did not hesitate to hire him.

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