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Saturday, January 23, 2010
An interesting development in Oakland

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Did the Oakland Raiders just give us a clue regarding coach Tom Cable's job security?

Here is Oakland’s press release on the hiring of defensive line coach Mike Waufle. Pay attention to the final sentence of the release:
The Oakland Raiders are pleased to announce that Mike Waufle will rejoin the Raiders as the Defensive Line Coach. Mike has an outstanding record of success as a defensive line coach and has participated in Super Bowls with the Raiders and Giants. New York’s Super Bowl victory over New England featured dominating defensive line play. Mike is thrilled with the opportunity to rejoin the Raiders. He and Coach Cable spent six years together at the University of California where they enjoyed working together.

Why would the Raiders bring attention to the fact that their new position coach has a history with Cable if he wasn’t in the team’s plans? Cable also has a history with Baltimore quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, who is talking to the team about becoming the offensive coordinator.

It could be that the Raiders, Cable included, are simply working to put their new staff together. Oakland owner Al Davis hasn’t made any announcement yet. But the Raiders are moving forward with coaches who have worked with Cable in the past.

In Oakland, nothing should be assumed until there is an announcement. But we may have been just given a hint.