Report: Seahawks fire Tom Cable

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The changes to the Seahawks coaching staff keep on coming.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that the team has fired assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable. That report comes a day after the Seahawks dismissed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and hours after word that they may also be parting ways with defensive coordinator Kris Richard. Quarterbacks coach Carl Davis has also reportedly been relieved of his duties.

Cable has been on the Seahawks staff since 2011, which was the last time that the Seahawks didn’t make the playoffs before this season. The play of the offensive line has been subpar in recent seasons and the Seahawks have tried high draft picks, free agent signings and a trade for left tackle Duane Brown in hopes of perking things up without finding much success.

All the moves will lead to many new faces on the Seahawks coaching staff in 2018. With a fair amount of turnover also expected on the defensive side of the ball, there should be a very different looking Seahawks team when offseason work begins in a few months.

77 responses to “Report: Seahawks fire Tom Cable

  1. Looks like a serious reset for the Seahawks. Can John Schneider and Pete Carroll capture lightning in a bottle – again?

  2. So now Cable cant coach an O line? You know why all the assistants are getting fired?
    We need to examine the Seahawks for a minute. Their last good draft was 2012. In the last 5 drafts they have netted these starter caliber players:

    Griffin
    Clark
    Richardson
    Lockett
    Britt

    This is why they continue to trend downwards. They had a string of great drafts and since ’12 their player acquisition has flat out stunk. Maybe the coaching staff is getting blamed for years and years of terrible front office decision.

  3. Carroll is throwing ballast to keep his balloon afloat.

    Next year scapegoats won’t be so easy to find.

  4. They got extremely lucky with later round draft picks

    The last few drafts haven’t produced that kind of talent and now the coaches are paying the price

  5. Fantastic news! I am actually looking forward to watching the Hawks play again. I couldn’t have stomached another Cable/ Bevell year.

  6. Remember 2 weeks ago when his agent tried getting his name into the NYG job? Good times. Good times.

  7. Sometimes a fresh staff is needed. These guys got complacent and now they are gone. I expect Seattle to be better next season because of the changes.

  8. Good. Time to clean coaching house. I agree, they’ve not drafted well since 2012, especially on the OL. Now move Ifredi, he’s abysmal.

  9. Wilson has single handedly divided a locker room and torn a whole team apart. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one player be responsible for 3 coaches getting fired in the span of a few days. Everyone on that team is either getting fired or trying to get out. Unbelievable.

  10. shlort says:
    January 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm
    Sometimes a fresh staff is needed. These guys got complacent and now they are gone. I expect Seattle to be better next season because of the changes.

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    Ya, i would not expect that. SF and LA are looking really good for the upcoming future and Seattle’s poor drafting, lack of draft picks (no 2nd or 3rd round pick) and a poorly situated salary cap position all tell me that the ship in Seattle is sinking, not rising.

  11. Last year I was reading a lot of posts about the 49ers being a “dumpster fire” by Seahawk fans. Who’s the dumpster fire now?

  12. Hawks went from stellar drafts to mediocre drafts and even more mediocre trades. As much as I can’t stand Carroll or even Cable for that matter….. Coaching staff is not their problem

  13. Good to hear that Bevell, Cable and Richard has been relieved of their duties. Get rid of some of the overpaid players as well. It’s about time the Seahawks clean house!

  14. Carroll and Schneider probably made the decision to convert a TE and defensive linemen to offensive linemen but Cable had to pay the price for it. It can be done but it’s hard to make chicken salad out of chicken crap. I don’t think Cable should have any problems getting another job because other HCs know how good he is when given REAL talent.

  15. reminds me of the title of the Who’s album, “Who’s Next”

    7-9 next season and John Schneider may be next. After another season missing the playoffs, then Petey will be next.

  16. Only a conspiracy theorist would think that it’s all Russell Wilson’s fault these guys are being fired. Chris Rishard too? *eyeroll*

    “Seattle, the town without class.”

    The fact you call Seattle a “town” tells me a few things that help put your comment in perspective. Perhaps you mean just the Seahawks and just didn’t think too much about it. Yeah, that’s probably it.

  17. “Funny how he somehow forgot how to be a good o-line coach once he was asked to make chicken salad out of chicken bleep.”

    People keep saying this, but let’s look at this year’s O-line:

    LT – Duane Brown (1st round pick – he’s actually good); LG -Joeckel (1st round pick – OK, he’s a bust, and a 1-yr stopgap); C – Britt (2nd round); RG – Pocic (2nd round); RT – Ifedi (1st round).

    So that’s an O-line made up of 1st and 2nd round picks; either the Hawks are bad at evaluating O-line talent; or bad at coaching O-line personnel. Either way, something is off. The line about the Hawks ignoring the O-line isn’t right. We’re just not picking the right guys. Plenty of teams of decent O-lines made up of guys picked in lower rounds than ours.

  18. The seashells make great decisions when it comes to personnel. I mean letting Hauschka go then signing Walsh was genius. oh, and cutting Alex Collins was the best move they could have done. How about letting Okung walk then trading their All Pro center, just revolutionary moves.

    And all those moves don’t even compare to the amazing call to throw on the 1…. Just a great coaching staff and organization.

  19. If they had spent money on a decent kicker they would have won 11-12 games and everybody would still be all happy. But who in management has been responsible for starting each of the last 3 years with an all new random assortment of fat guys expected to suddenly become NFL lineman? Did Cable promise he could do that?

  20. marcsasharc, I didn’t say they would be great, I said they would be better. If they are not better, the whole shake up was a ruse by management.

    I do see the Rams as being the division leader next season and maybe longer. SF might be better with Jimmy G, but it is really too early to tell how that will shake out. I think Seattle is in the wildcard hunt next season and might be nipping at LA’s heels for the division. I am also assuming a healthy Sherman and Bennett being back and a couple offensive weapons being added, especially a RB.

  21. How about letting Okung walk then trading their All Pro center, just revolutionary moves.
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    Max Unger.. All-Pro… 2 things I’ve never heard in the same sentence.

    .. there isn’t a team in football that wouldn’t have traded their center for Jimmy Graham. Even the Steelers make that move!

  22. “Wilson has single handedly divided a locker room and torn a whole team apart.”
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    I’d say Richard Sherman started that quite some time ago when he was name-calling Wison and throwing footballs at him after they won the Super Bowl. Anybody paying attention knows they’ve been Dysfunction Junction for a LONG time. And given Wilson is like 95% of their offense he’s about the only guy there who would deserve to be listened to at this point.

  23. As already stated the Seahawks were a good kicker away from 12 – 4 even with all the injuries.

    They will be fine. Some changes coming but it is still a lot of fun being a Seahawks fan. They have a terrible year and you guys are all talking crap but the Seahawks were 9 – 7 and just missed the playoffs. It seriously felt like 6-10 but they were 9-7. San Fran fans getting loud is funny. Next year will be exciting. The Rams got all excited because they nipped the Seahawks for the division but then went to the playoffs and look like a bunch of rookies. Not dominating to say the least. Work to do.

    I happen to like when everyone in the division is good and fans are talking crap. It was sad what happened to the niners and now the cardinals. I missed San Fran fans the last couple of years.

  24. Funny how he somehow forgot how to be a good o-line coach once he was asked to make chicken salad out of chicken bleep.

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    Anyone knows that Cable drafted the guys he wanted for his zone blocking deal. ‘hawks have drafted more offensive linemen than any team in the NFL in his time in Seattle. This isn’t a Schneider/Carroll issue. This is a “you made your own bed and now you lie in it” issue. Should have fired him a while ago.

  25. That defense may be losing 5-6 starters next season. Just in case you don’t know (or refuse to believe it) Wilson’s record when the defense gives up 23 pts (league average) or more…. 7-19.

  26. rainponcho87 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm
    Last year I was reading a lot of posts about the 49ers being a “dumpster fire” by Seahawk fans. Who’s the dumpster fire now?

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    I couldn’t help but chuckle at this one.
    What goes around, comes around.

  27. looks like old Tommie and Darrel are the scapegoats for Petey and John who have ran their once dominate rooster into the ground (almost coincides perfectly with Scott M’s departure). Its top heavy no depth, and fundamentally flawed due to paying such huge contracts to a handful of players. You cant sustain injuries, or groom proper replacement for when you need them. Same pattern at USC Pete is a great coach and motivator, but he plays loose and fast with the rules. That type of culture will always catch up to you….

  28. For you uneducated, Tom Cable was also assistant HEAD coach. He was probably more responsible for the line draft choices than anyone. It never ceased to amaze me when all the network talking heads for years said he was the great o-line guru yet year after year his coaching (o-lines) sucked.

    As a real Hawk fan I’m thrilled by these moves and if Richard is offered a head coaching job somewhere and takes it more power to him. If they don’t think he did the job as well as they hoped and let him go Carroll and Schneider have done pretty well after losing 2 defensive coordinators in a row to head coaching positions and Norton to a coordinator position.

    You Hawk haters should give Carroll some credit for keeping this ship running and until the injury bug hit really hard this year, in the playoffs.

  29. Max Unger.. All-Pro… 2 things I’ve never heard in the same sentence.

    .. there isn’t a team in football that wouldn’t have traded their center for Jimmy Graham. Even the Steelers make that move!

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    No, I called that a bad trade when it happened. Jimmy Graham will put up numbers with Drew Brees or Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball, but Russell Wilson just isn’t at that level. The Seahawks are team that needs a rushing attack. It was pretty obvious that Jimmy Graham would be wasted.

  30. Steve Erkel says:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    The end of a dynasty 😦 lol
    ++++
    Just curious, how many Seahawks fans said they’d be a dynasty? If you’re basing it on an anonymous blog, that’s sad.

    Each time I see dynasty and Seahawks on here, it’s a non Seahawks fan that writes it.

  31. Obvois answer is fire Carroll and make loudmouth Sherman the coach. After all he went to Stanford as we are constantly reminded. Too slow and old to.play his half of the field anymore anyway.

  32. Please return Jimmy Graham to his rightful home with Drew Brees. There’s still time for Jimmy to make the Hall of Fame.

  33. HAHAHA! I thought missing the playoffs would totally blow. But hearing how salty everybody is about the Hawks is quite redemptive. Sorry haters, but the Hawks have made the playoffs the past 11 of 15 years AND have a better qb and defense than your team. How in the world will the Seahawks recover? A qb that led the league in td’s and a top flight defense? We’re doomed!

  34. aarons444 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    How about letting Okung walk then trading their All Pro center, just revolutionary moves.
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    Why didn’t Denver keep Okung? He was there for just one year. He’s average at best. Every team needs an above LT at a minimum. The Walter Jones left tackles don’t come around that often.

  35. crik911 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    If they had only ran Beast Mode from the 1 yard line at that SuperBowl.
    ***
    Sure, but how would that fix the problems of this year?

  36. No, I called that a bad trade when it happened. Jimmy Graham will put up numbers with Drew Brees or Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball, but Russell Wilson just isn’t at that level. The Seahawks are team that needs a rushing attack. It was pretty obvious that Jimmy Graham would be wasted.

    Jimmy Graham had 10 Touchdowns this year, more than any other TE in the League and more than a lot of WR’s. But you say Russell Wilson isn’t at that Level.

  37. pdway with some in depth analysis. that’s good work bro! if only we had that kind of deep analysis here on philly sports talk radio instead of the slop they spew out here. I literally get dumber everyday

  38. All because your on the one yard line with perhaps the greatest running back of his era, and the team failed to get him the ball to win the SUPER BOWL!!! That’s the difference of these guys losing there jobs.

  39. I’m amazed by all the people who think Seattle is a huge dumpster fire after a 9-7 season. Its the first time they missed the playoffs in how many years? 9-7 is not great, but is clearly not a sign of the impending doom of Pete Carroll or the seahawks franchise.

    And to the people saying Cable didn’t choose the offensive lineman he got to coach, well actually he had a TON of input on who the hawks drafted for the OL. Cable scouted and interviewed and they ultimately spent significant draft capital on the OL in recent years, guys Cable wanted to draft, and do not have the returns to show for their investment. Cable was not able to develop the talent AKA was unable to coach the players so he is now fired after Seattle’s worst rushing season in god only knows how long.

    Don’t comment on stuff you know nothing about.


  40. scmems07 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    The seashells make great decisions when it comes to personnel. I mean letting Hauschka go then signing Walsh was genius. oh, and cutting Alex Collins was the best move they could have done. How about letting Okung walk then trading their All Pro center, just revolutionary moves.

    And all those moves don’t even compare to the amazing call to throw on the 1…. Just a great coaching staff and organization

    And yet still better than Niners.

    #Sad

  41. Moving on from Bevell/Cable has been slowly brewing for a few years. The fact that it happened now and seemingly surprised so many “NFL experts/fans” shows how little people pay attention. It was just a year ago that when everyone was calling for Pete/John to make this exact move that Pete endorsed his staff and said he wouldn’t do it. Well, it’s done now. It’s not a complete fire sale or rebuilding of the team. It’s an adjustment and one endorsed by the majority here in the NorthWest.

    The core or essence of the Seahawks front office remains. The core of the players who are the future of this franchise remain. Positive feeling for the Seahawks next season. Go Hawks!!

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