Will Tom Cable be back?

Now, that the Oakland Raiders are officially out of the playoff mix, it’s time to wonder if the head coach will be fired. Not that player’s opinions matters in these types of things, but Tom Cable has the support of the Oakland locker room.

It’s really too bad Cable has to deal with this speculation again. But he likely will until he leads the Raiders to the playoffs. Oakland has made clear strides under Cable. Oakland was in the AFC West race until Week 16. That’s progress. The only way I could see Cable being fired is if Al Davis promotes offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in an attempt to block him from going to Denver as head coach if that possibility unfolded. Still, Cable has done well this season and deserves to stay whether Oakland goes 8-8 or 7-9.

Meanwhile, there is chance Oakland guard Robert Gallery could leave as a free agent. Know this: If the Raiders want him, they sign him. Oakland is known for paying its own top dollar to keep them.

As if we needed to be told – Denver interim coach Eric Studesville said rookie quarterback Tim Tebow will make his third straight start Sunday. Tebow led Denver back from a 17-0 halftime deficit Sunday against Houston.

Former Denver general manager Ted Sundquist is expected to interview for the general manager job in San Francisco. San Diego front office member Randy Mueller is also expected to be a candidate.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “SportsCenter” former Kansas City general manager Carl Peterson and former Chiefs’ assistant Bill Cowher could be potentially reunite in Miami.

As we’ve noted several times, John Elway’s return to Denver is just a matter of time.