Report: Raiders likely to fire Cable

Posted Jan. 04, 2010 @ 12:33 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

He probably will not be sent packing Monday, but a San Jose Mercury News report indicates the Raiders will likely fire head coach Tom Cable.

Citing several people close to Raiders owner Al Davis, the report says Davis is inclined to fire Cable, who led Oakland to a 5-11 record this season. Davis has yet to comment publicly on the head-coaching situation. Cable said he expects to be coaching the Raiders in 2010 when asked about his future during a press conference following his team's 21-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Cable became the Raiders' interim head coach four games into the 2008 season when he replaced Lane Kiffin. Davis decided to retain Cable as head coach in the offseason.

There may be a difference of opinion between Cable on Davis on QB JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in ’07, which could help lead to Cable's dismissal. The head coach has made it clear that he thinks the team is better off with someone else under center at this point, and he stripped Russell of starting duties, replacing him with Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye, but Davis may be interested in finding a coach that will commit to reinstalling Russell as a starter in ’10.