Tom Cable: Love Him or Hate Him, He Is the Oakland Raiders Coach

Since being beaten by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl following the 2002 season the Raiders have struggled.  Struggled is not the proper word to describe how the Raiders have played but we will go with it.

Bill Callahan was the coach at the time and was fired the following season when the Raiders (clearly suffering the famed Superbowl hangover) went 4 and 12. 

Norv Turner got a shot for two seasons in which he went 9-23 collectively.  Then came Art Shell Part Dos, who won a meager two games.  Young, rebellious offensive genius Lane Kiffin came along and won a total of 5 games over a year and a half. 

That brings us to the present.  Currently the Head Coach is the often criticized Offensive line guru, Tom Cable.  He has had to earn every ounce of respect he has gotten.

Most wrote him off as band aid when he was appointed the mid season replacement during 2008. 

His on the field record isn’t really any better then his predecessors.  He’s been called a puppet among other things.  He was criticized for his lack of creativity in play calling.

Other people were not fond of him singling the former number one quarterback out for his poor play, work ethic, and physical conditioning.  He was nearly brought up on assault charges for allegedly punching a former coach in a meeting.

After last season many fans and media people were calling for Cable to be out as the Coach.  Few thought he should stay on. 

In the 2005 draft Alex Smith was chosen number one overall by the San Francisco Forty Niners.  Since being drafted he has had four different offensive coordinators and has delivered sub par results. 

The frequent changes and different philosophies are often blamed for Alex’s lack of development and progress as an NFL Quarterback.  Aaron Rodgers, the other option the...

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