By all accounts Tom Cable turned the Oakland Raiders around this season. At 8-8 the Raiders had their best record in eight years. Most teams would give their coach a contract extension after this season. But not the Raiders. Instead they decide not to exercise a two-year, $5 million option on Cable’s contract for 2011 and 2012.
A statement on the Raiders web site read:
The Oakland Raiders will not extend the contract of Tom Cable for the position of Head Coach. Cable was informed that his contract would not be extended on Tuesday.
The Raiders now begin their search for their sixth coach since Jon Gruden left for Tampa Bay following the 2001 season. Cable lasted longer than any of the previous five, with a 17-27 record since being promoted from offensive line coach to interim head coach early in the 2008 season after Lane Kiffin was fired.
The firing of Cable comes a day after the Raiders granted the San Francisco 49ers permission to interview offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for their vacant head coaching job. Now Jackson would normally be a leading contender for the Raiders job, but if that was the case, why would the Raiders let him interview with the 49ers, if they were interested in him as their head coach?
Another name sure to branded about in the bay area is Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh was a quarterbacks coach in Oakland from 2002-03 and is said to be close with Raiders owner Al Davis.
The problem with that is that Harbaugh has his pick of any college or NFL he wants at the moment. The Raiders, with their dysfunctional front office is not a glamor job. Harbaugh can, and will do better, coaching elsewhere in 2011.