Shortly after Tom Cable was officially informed he was out as head coach, the biggest paper in the Bay Area reported that the Raiders had already decided on Cable’s replacement.
Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle credits a source close to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson that says Jackson will become the next Raiders head coach. The Raiders predictably deny that report.
“We have not talked to anybody yet,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera said. “Nothing has been done. This was the decision that had to be made first.”
Jackson publicly denies the report he got the job as well. Raiders players are first trying to get over their shock and dismay
over what happened. Owner Al Davis gave some clues after Sunday’s win, when he was asked if 8-8 was a good finish.
“If that’s the world you live in,” Davis replied to Paul Gutierrez of Comcast Bay Area.
Davis reportedly wasn’t happy with Cable’s decision
to make Darren McFadden and Bruce Campbell inactive for the finale. There may also have been disagreements about how Cable handled the quarterback position during the year.