It’s official. The Tom Cable era in Oakland is over. Late Tuesday night, the Raiders issued a statement saying “The Raiders express gratitude to Tom Cable for his contributions in his four seasons as an assistant and as head coach of the Silver and Black.” And with that, Cable’s time as the Raiders Head Coach was done, and the search for a new coach began.
Personally, I think they should have kept Cable for one reason only. Continuity. This team and organization need a steady hand, and bringing Cable back would have provided that. Although he was only 17-27 as the head coach, the team did improve this year quite a bit.
Unfortunately for Cable, his success was probably his downfall. When the Raiders beat the Chiefs in Week 9 to go to 5-4 and tied for the division lead, many fans thought this team was playoff bound. The biggest Raiders fan is still Al Davis, and I’m sure he thought the same thing. He was wrong. This was an average team from the onset, which made great strides, particularly on the offensive side of the ball and finished 8-8, 6-0 in the division.
However, I’ve said it before. Expectations are a coach killer. After that big Chiefs win, Oakland laid two big eggs, one in Pittsburgh, and one at home to Miami. The playoff hopes vanished and so was Cable’s tenure in the Bay Area.
So who’s next? If you ask me, I say you have to give serious thought to Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson. The Raiders scored almost two TD’s more per game this year, and gained almost 90 yards more per game. Quarterback Jason Campbell looked more and more comfortable in his system as the year went on and Darren McFadden became the star back everything thought he would be since coming out of Arkansas.
Please don’t say Jim Harbaugh. The last thing this team needs is to take a flyer on the next Jimmy-come-lately college coach. If they can get a Bill Cowher, or a Jon Gruden, or a Bill Parcells go for it. I’m not saying any of those three; I’m saying a coach with that kind of resume. If he’s available, fine. If not, stay in-house and give it to Jackson.
This team can be good next year; maybe really good. Just don’t let Davis screw it up. Haven’t we seen enough of that already?