Speculation on coach grows in Oakland

January, 20, 2010
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The Oakland Raiders' coaching situation is heating up.

Tom Cable
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesTom Cable is 9-19 as head coach of the Raiders.
Plenty of potential replacements for Tom Cable have surfaced. But the issue still remains: Cable has not been fired.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Oakland reached out to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. But he declined the overtures. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland owner Al Davis has interviewed potential replacements for Cable. The paper said Jim Fassel and Marc Trestman are candidates and Kevin Gilbride and Winston Moss could be candidates. All four of those names have been connected to Oakland in the past.

On SIRIUS XM’s Mad Dog Radio Wednesday, Fassel said he has not contacted the Raiders.

“No. Because, I mean, Tom Cable’s the coach,” Fassel said.” He is the coach there and that’ll answer part of the question you asked me before. I think if a coach is in place you don’t start calling somebody and seeing if the job is open or not. Tom Cable is the coach. My son happens to be the special teams coordinator for the Raiders and they played very well this year. They set an NFL record, an all-time record, of net punt [yards] and gross punt [yards] this year. So I follow the Raiders pretty closely because my son is coaching there and I coached there at one time. But, no, I’m not lobbying for any job. I’m not lobbying for the Raider job. I have never in my life rooted for a coach to be let go so there’s an opening. I never have. I’m in the same fraternity. I just got my nose to the grindstone. I’m down here in Vegas working on getting situated down here and that’s where I am. Nobody’s reached out to me.”

Schefter is reporting Baltimore quarterback coach Hue Jackson is in Oakland interviewing for the offensive coordinator job. Under this scenario, Cable could remain as the head coach.

Davis is definitely looking ahead to 2010. Still, he has not pulled the plug on Cable -- yet.

But with all of these names surfacing, it leads you to believe that Davis is more interested in moving on than standing pat. Stay tuned.

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