Raiders hire Tom Cable

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2018

It didn't take long for fired Seahawks' offensive line coach Tom Cable to find a new home as reports Saturday morning surfaced that he will become the new OL coach for the Raiders and new Oakland coach Jon Gruden.

The league's announcement came a day after the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the diversity group that works closely with the NFL on its minority hiring, called for the Raiders to be investigated for a possible violation of the Rooney Rule.

The Rooney Rule means teams have to interview at least one minority candidate before making a coaching hire, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Raiders satisfied the requirement by interviewing Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson. The interim tag was lifted in 2009, and he coached the Raiders to an 8-8 record in 2010.

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.

Davis also said on Tuesday that he had been pursuing Gruden since taking ownership of the team from his late father, Al, six years ago.

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But they're making a total sham of the Rooney Rule.

Gruden opened up about what it was like coming back to the Silver and Black.

The Oakland Raiders found their next head coach in Jon Gruden, but the National Football League is reportedly investigating how they reached their decision. Then-Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen was fined $200,000 for circumventing the rule when he hired Steve Mariucci as the team's head coach in 2003.

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.

The Raiders finished 8-8 and were 6-0 against the AFC West, a season which prompted Cable to say "We're not losers any more". He retained the job the following year, in part because of a 31-24 win over Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the regular-season finale.

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