Is Cable the guy or not?

January, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

When the Kansas City Chiefs finally fired coach Herm Edwards on Friday, ending 26 days limbo, Tom Cable stood alone twisting in the wind.

The Raiders have not hired a head coach after reportedly interviewing three candidates. The candidates interviewed were Cable, the team's interim coach, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Packers defensive assistant Winston Moss.

It has long been assumed that Cable, who went 4-8 in 2008 after taking over for the fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 30, will end up getting the job.

He has a good relationship with Raiders owner Al Davis. He really wants the job. He guided Oakland to wins over Houston and Tampa Bay to end the season and several key Oakland players are supporting him.

Plus, Cable has reportedly been sitting in on interviews for assistant coaches, several of whom who have ties to him. And Cable represented the Raiders at the Senior Bowl last week. He has basically been the head coach of the Raiders all month. Yet, he has not been named yet.

Cable has to know something or he would be working toward getting another job. Cable is a respected offensive line coach who is an expert in the zone-blocking scheme. Add his short head coaching tenure and he'd be an attractive candidate for several staffs.

Yet, Cable has stayed away from pursuing other jobs. Again, he must know something. But if he does know something, why doesn't the rest of the football world know?

What's the hold up?

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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