Tom Cable finds a new job back in Oakland


The Oakland Raiders are bringing back their former head coach. Gruden already has the top job.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance said Wednesday it is "deeply concerned by reports" that Raiders owner Mark Davis reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing any minority candidates.

He occupied that role in Oakland from 2007 until he assumed the head coach role when Lane Kiffin was sacked five games into the 2008 season.

Cable served as the Raiders' head coach from 2008 through 2010, but his stint was hardly a success.

He followed that feat with the now famous quote, "We're not losers anymore".

Since leaving the Raiders, Cable has spent seven seasons in Seattle where he coached the Seahawks' offensive line, a unit that came under heavy scrutiny for its inability to protect quarterback Russell Wilson over the last several years.

It also means a reunion in Oakland between Cable and former Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who returned to play for the Raiders last season at the age of 31 and remains under contract for next season.

Oakland went just 17-27 under Cable's direction, and he was sacked after his third season. Cable stayed head coach through the 2010 season and compiled a 17-27 record before being fired. Cable was allegedly involved in a 2009 incident where then Raiders assistant Randy Hanson was left with a broken jaw.

In November of 2009, ESPN reported two women had accused Cable of physical abuse.

The Raiders finished 8-8 in Cable's final season. Davis docked Cable's pay in relation to that litigation.

The 53-year-old originally joined Oakland in 2007, serving as the team's offensive line coach in 2007 and the first portion of 2008 before taking over as head coach during the latter season after Lane Kiffin was sacked. He and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were fired after a disappointing season where the Seahawks missed the postseason.