Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Oakland coach Cable gets good news
By Bill Williamson
Life is looking up for Tom Cable.
After a tumultuous first full season as the Oakland Raiders’ head coach both on and off the field, Cable has a clean slate headed into the 2010 season. The NFL announced Wednesday that Cable will not be disciplined for alleged physical assaults.
Cable was accused of breaking assistant coach Randy Hanson's jaw and teeth in a training camp fight. The Napa County district attorney did not file charges. Hanson is suing both Cable and the Raiders civilly.
Cable admitted slapping his first wife more than 20 years ago but that did not warrant punishment because it happened before he joined the NFL. Cable also was accused of attacking a former girlfriend last year but no charges were filed.
The league's decision has been expected since Cable was cleared in the criminal case. But it has to be a load off of Cable's mind. Other than the civil case, Cable can concentrate fully on football. And, while no formal decision has been made, Cable is expected to return as Oakland's coach in 2010.
At the end of last season, it looked like Cable was on his way out after compiling a 9-19 overall record. Oakland went 5-11 under Cable last season. Now, he has a second chance to heed his own advice. He has often stressed that Oakland needs stability and no distractions as it tries to have a winning season for the first time since 2002.
The Hanson saga was an issue for several months. Now, it is over in the eyes of the league.