Cable wants to be the answer in Oakland

December, 22, 2008
12/22/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Tom Cable thought there was no better time to start lobbying to become the Oakland Raiders' coach than Monday, a day after the Raiders' 27-16 win over Houston.

At his Monday press conference, Cable said he is ready to talk to Oakland owner Al Davis about becoming the head coach of the Raiders in 2009. Cable, Oakland's offensive line coach, took over for the dispatched Lane Kiffin after four games. Sunday's win gave Cable a 3-8 record as the Raiders' coach. They were 1-3 under Kiffin.

The team has looked good in the three wins under Cable but it looked terrible in most of the losses. Cable's last two wins have come wrapped around a four-game losing streak and a three-game slide.

Cable said Monday he thinks Oakland will be a playoff team next season but it needs stability. He, of course, would provide that stability.

Cable is very enthusiastic and he clearly cares about being the Raiders coach. But the team has had too many stretches of poor play for him to be considered a slam-dunk selection.
Davis will surely talk to Cable after the season. But it is also clear the Raiders will, at least, consider other head coach's potential candidates include Jim Fassel, Kevin Gilbride, Dennis Green and Jim Haslett.

Cable probably deserves a look by Davis for the permanent gig and Monday he made it clear he wants to be in the mix.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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