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Monday, January 25, 2010
AFC West coaching updates

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Oakland Raiders still say no decision has been on made on whether the team will retain Tom Cable as coach. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Cable will be back.

Another hint that Cable may be retained is that he is headed to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this week as part of the Raiders’ contingent to scout potential draft picks. Still, until the Raiders say Cable will be back, this situation cannot be considered a done deal.

Schefter is reporting that Baltimore quarterback coach Hue Jackson is a candidate for the offensive coordinator job in Chicago. Jackson interviewed for the spot in Oakland last week. If Jackson were to end up in Oakland, that could be a good sign for Cable.

The two have worked together in the past. If Jackson ends up in Chicago, that would be a negative for Cable and Oakland. Jackson is a good quarterbacks coach who could help the struggling JaMarcus Russell.

Meanwhile, in other AFC West coaching news, it is being reported that former New England defensive coordinator Dean Pees will be the Ravens’ linebackers coach. He was previously considered a strong defensive coordinator candidate in Denver. He and Denver coach Josh McDaniels were coordinators together with the Patriots. The Denver Post reported that Denver linebacker coach Don Martindale is the leading candidate for the position now.