Oakland Raiders Should Cut Their Cable

Tom Cable joined the Oakland Raiders as their offensive line coach in 2007 after having one year of NFL experience with the Atlanta Falcons at the same position the year before.

Though he did nothing impressive with his unit, Raiders owner Al Davis unexpectedly promoted him to head coach before the fifth game of the 2008 season. Since that moment, the team has been stuck somewhere between quicksand and an actual black hole, not to confused with the "Black Hole" in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

A few months before the 2009 season, after being accused of punching a coach and a few women, he embarked on his first full season as a head coach after going 4-8 the year before. He improved his win total by just one, and drew the ire of the loyal Raiders fans for good reason.

In 2008, Oakland had the third-worst scoring offense in the NFL. The defense wasn't much better, ranking 24th-worst in points allowed. The next year they had the second-worst scoring offense and the 23rd-worst defense in points allowed. There was no signs of progress. In fact, the team seemed to be getting worse under Cable.

This year has seen Oakland win just once in their first four games after so much was expected in the department of improvement. The offense does rank 17th in points scored, but the defense is 28th in points allowed. This is not what Oakland expected.

Cable is an offensive line coach, but he waited until this year to draft anyone. In 2007, he converted defensive tackle Mario Henderson, a third-round draft pick, into an offensive left tackle. Henderson, who didn't start playing football until his sophomore year in high school, earned five starts in 2008 and has been the starter there since.

The two linemen he picked this year, tackles Bruce Campbell and Jared Veldheer, are projects who have been moved to other positions. Veldheer is now at center, starting once before losing his job, an...

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