Oakland Raiders: How Much Influence Does Tom Cable Have?

It’s seems to be the way to go to say that Al Davis takes who he wants without input from anybody else or letting anyone else have a say in who the Raiders decide to grab in free agency or the draft.

JaMarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, DHB, Javon Walker, Gibril Wilson, and a trade for DeAngelo Hall are all very recent examples in support of that theory.

However, head coach Tom Cable might be a different kind of presence in Alameda. One who Al Davis actually invites input from. One who Davis actually gets along with…what’s up with that?

Now, before I start rambling, I will say some moves are straight up Al Davis' picks, like last year’s first round pick of the draft. Tom Cable actually told the media after the pick, yet still during the draft, that the team “Knew who we were taking about a month before the draft."      

Which leads to another misleading theory, as Cable dispelled any communication flaws that some people might have thought existed within the general management and the coaching staff before coach Cable made that statement.

Before the 2010 draft, I’d like to examine what kind of impact coach Cable has been granted in terms of player personnel with the Oakland Raiders.

Many players have outwardly expressed their affection for Coach Cable. Nnamdi Asomugha went so far as to say that team captains were ready to go into Mr. Davis’ office and lobby for their desire to keep Coach Cable as the head coach of the team.

Cable was recently cited as being a “players coach” by team quarterback Bruce Gradkowski in an interview with KNRB 560 AM.

Tom Cable has a certain player type that he likes, and it’s not necessarily the height, weight, or speed approach that Mr. Davis is apparently so fond of. It’s obvious that Cable and Davis have differing ideas of what talent actually is. Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders