Raiders to hire Tom Cable as O-line coach


Cable's coming back, NFL Network reported Saturday afternoon, as offensive line coach.

"For someone to say for six years, 'When you are done broadcasting, we would love for you to compete here for a job as the head coach of the Raiders, ' that is not a violation of the Rooney Rule", Mehri told ESPN on Wednesday night.

Hurting his team's case even more, Davis acknowledged that he likely would not have fired Del Rio if Gruden were not going to be the next head coach of the Raiders.

Cable came to Seattle in 2011 after having been the head coach of the Raiders for 44 games from 2008-10 seasons and having been the offensive line coach in 2007-08 - Oakland ranked in the top 10 in rushing in the National Football League each season he was the OL coach there. Although Gruden has a Super Bowl title to his credit and was successful during his first stint with the Raiders, he hasn't coached in almost a decade and there's no telling whether he'll be able to adapt to the modern era of coaching in the NFL. But Davis himself has let on that he and Gruden talked in week 16 prior to the Raiders game in Philadelphia that Gruden called for ESPN. He was replaced as head coach by Hue Jackson. Cable later sued to recover that money. Cable was allegedly involved in a 2009 incident where then Raiders assistant Randy Hanson was left with a broken jaw. No criminal charges were filed.

Cable's tenure included allegations of physical abuse.

At the time, Cable released a statement through his agent that he had "only once touched a woman inappropriately" during his first marriage and there was no discipline by the NFL. He spent the past seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as their assistant head coach/offensive line coach before being dismissed this month.

Gruden succeeded Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign for the Raiders.

It remains to be seen how Cable will mesh with the Raiders' highly-paid offensive line.