The meeting to see if coach Tom Cable would be staying with the Raiders was set for Thursday, as word was he was supposed to meet with owner Al Davis to discuss his future. Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the two men could meet again Friday. Cable has been spending the 10 days since the season ended evaluating the team with his assistant coaches.
Cable’s status is in question after he went 5-11 in his first full season as coach and failed to develop JaMarcus Russell into a legitimate NFL quarterback. Cable is 9-19 since replacing Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season, leading the Raiders to their NFL-worst seventh straight season with at least 11 losses.
Cable has pointed to the team’s improvement after Russell’s midseason benching as proof that he deserves another year to get the Raiders back to the playoffs. Cable provided some positives this season by beating playoff teams in Cincinnati and Philadelphia and knocking off contenders Denver and Pittsburgh on the road in December.
Oakland also lost to last-place teams in Kansas City, Washington and Cleveland, and scored just 17 touchdowns in 16 games. With Cable serving as head coach, play-caller and overseeing the offensive line, he could have a hard time convincing Davis that he deserves another season.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday that inside NFL circles there was word that Cable would not be coming back, and that it appeared that Davis would once again be looking for a head coach after he dismisses Cable.