According to the Oakland Tribune, Al Davis is planning to fire Tom Cable as coach of the Oakland Raiders. On one hand you have to feel bad for the man losing his job, but on the plus side, he would no longer have to deal with that mess of an organization.
Going 5-11 in Oakland is not bad at all, especially if you had to start JaMarcus Russell for the first half of the season. Had he started Bruce Gradkowski [THE POLISH RIFLE!!! -Ed. note] the whole season, this team could easily have had two or three more wins.
Cable did a really good job with what he had: a terrible QB, a waste of a first round draft pick, and a pain in the ass of an owner. I think he is getting a raw deal in this situation. Maybe this firing is based more on the in-season distractions, punching a coach, domestic abuse, but if it is based solely on his performance, then he has been royally screwed.
As a franchise, I do not see them having much success next year, or in the near future if they continue fire coaches left and right. The players need some continuity if they want to gel and master a system, and if the Raiders are constantly firing coaches, they can’t get that, because they will be forced to learn a new system, adjust to new coaching styles, and basically start over from scratch every season.
Even the Raiders’ best players, like cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, realize this.
“We started to get a rhythm and we started to understand what we were doing. I would definitely try to get Cable back, just because that gives us some consistency.” Asomugha said, he and the other team captains will voice their support of Cable if the need arises.”It’s very important to have that consistency,” Asomugha said. “Any business or company that is continually changing the boss or CEO, they have a tough time with whatever it is they’re doing.”
As long as Al Davis is in charge, I have a hard time seeing this franchise stay stable and have a prolonged run of success. As bad as it sounds for me to say this, they might need to have a situation similar to that of the Chicago Blackhawks. The owner and controller of the team dies, a young guy inherits the team and is determined to make any of the necessary changes needed to make the franchise rise up.
This honestly might be the least desired job in the NFL, it is almost a no-win situation. No big name coach is going to want to go and coach this team if Davis is still the man in charge.
The Raiders will probably hire some young guy, with no previous head coaching experience, someone who Al Davis knows he can completely control. He won’t have any control over team, they will struggle to 3-13, and then he’ll say something about Al Davis and get fired. Repeat.
It’s too bad for Tom Cable. I thought he did an admirable job given the position he was put in, and good luck to the next poor sap who decides to take on the task of coaching under Al Davis.