I praised the hiring of Tom Cable even before it led to the good personnel moves that have come to pass just from a coaching standpoint, I even joked on twitter that Pete Carroll may have relinquished his final say over the roster to bring him on board.
To some degree, that last statement is fairly accurate, Tom Cable has had tremendous sway in offensive personnel decisions from the draft until now.
It was reported after the draft the Cables two favorite offensive lineman available were James Carpenter and John Moffitt; wouldn’t you know it, those were Seattles first two draft picks and both are expected to start immediately.
Free agent signee Robert Gallery has also plainly said that Cable was the reason he chose the Seahawks as well:
(It was) a very big factor,” Gallery said. “I know how he coaches, how he treats guys, and the way he handled himself as the head coach and the line coach in Oakland. And also the situation here, obviously it’s a great place. It’s run well from top to bottom, as I’ve learned even more being here.”
Now Zach Miller is echoing the same sentiment– Courtesy of Pro Football Talk
“Coach Cable gave me a call Saturday morning and saw I wasn’t signed yet, kind of feeling the Raiders would have done it by then,” Miller told Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune. “He said, ‘We want you here and I’m going to make a push to get you here.’
“I took a visit, and my wife and I just loved it. I’m still kind of blown away.”
It appears contrary to what I stated last night that there was indeed some tension between Miller and the Raiders, or at least some animosity from Miller towards the Raiders front office:
“When I was going into the last year of my rookie deal I was hoping to get extended and get a longterm contract and it didn’t happen. Then the season ended and I was expecting a deal and it didn’t happen either. Throughout the process I was expecting it and it just never happened. I thought I’d get an extension and it never materialized.”
After watching Kamerion Wimbley, Stanford Routt, and Richard Seymour all sign for more guaranteed money then what the Seahawks gave Miller, it became clear to him that he wasn’t their No. 1 priority.
In addition to being one of the most respected offensive line coaches in the league, Tom Cable has essentially brought over 1/3 of the starting offense for 2011 to the Seahawks.
You know Seattle really struck gold when this was a guy the Raiders placed a 1st and 3rd round tender on before the new CBA made him eligible for free agency. If you thought there were some Sidney Rice sour grapes, “Raider Nation” is ready to start cleaving the “12th Man” for committing Grand Theft Miller.
In Carroll I trust, in Cable I trust. That’s strong words from somebody who still can’t believe one of his favorite certain inside linebackers won’t be in Seahawks blue next season.
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