Tom Cable’s Future and the Oakland Raiders’ Offseason Agenda

The Raiders' season has come to a close, so let's tackle the big question of the offseason—will Tom Cable be back on the Oakland sideline in 2010?

A lot of people, including Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic from ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, say Cable has this team pointed in the right direction. Many people agree that if the Raiders could have been a playoff team this year if they had gotten more consistent play at quarterback.

Many players are standing behind Cable, including JaMarcus Russell, who was benched by the coach earlier this year. Russell agreed that better quarterback play was an issue.

"No doubt, you know, you need better than average play from your quarterback to be a great team," Russell told, describing his play as "shaky" and saying it was similar to a roller coaster.

"You know you go up, you go down, you go up, you go down, same thing," he said.

Russell was asked if the coach should be back next year and said, "You know, he should, he should...that's not my decision."

Nnamdi Asomugha told The Oakland Tribune newspaper that he and other team captains will voice their support for coach Cable if the need arises.

"Sometimes it doesn't take a coach two years; sometimes it does take him three," Asomugha said. "Tom during his speech today said, 'This is a playoff team and next year we'll be in the playoffs.' 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."

Right guard Cooper Carlisle told The Tribune that the decision to keep Cable on will have a major effect on the team, "It's huge. He deserves a shot. He had some tough breaks early. Everybody respects him, everybody plays hard for him, and he does a lot of things that are positive and that work."

On the flip side, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter said that if he...

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