AFC West news and notes: Cable talks to Davis

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Interim Raiders coach Tom Cable has talked to Oakland owner Al Davis about the permanent head coaching job.

This is good progress by the Raiders. Davis needs to make a decision. His only known interview for the job is a short phone interview with Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Cable has long been considered a legitimate candidate.

The fact that he has talked to Davis is a good sign for Cable getting the promotion. Cable led Oakland to victories in its final two games, and he has the support of several key Oakland players, including quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

The Raiders have lost several assistant coaches and whoever the head coach is will need to assemble a staff. So the faster it happens the better.

Elsewhere in the AFC West:

  • Denver cornerback Champ Bailey injured his elbow in the Broncos' disastrous 31-point defeat at San Diego to end the season. Bailey is having surgery and he could be sidelined until June. Bailey is expected to be ready for training camp.

  • The Chiefs signed fullback/tailback Jed Collins. He was with Philadelphia, Chicago and Cleveland during 2008.

  • The latest weather forecast for Pittsburgh Sunday for the AFC divisional playoff game between the Chargers and the Steelers is for a high of 27 and a chance for snow.