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Tom Cable Let Go by Raiders

Jan 4, 2011 – 10:20 PM
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Tom CableThe Raiders will not renew Tom Cable's contract, the team announced in a statement Tuesday night, ending Cable's term as head coach in Oakland after less than three seasons.

Oakland had until Jan. 18 to pick up the option on Cable's contract for the 2011 season.

"The Raiders express gratitude to Tom Cable for his contributions in his four seasons as an assistant and as Head Coach of the Silver and Black," the statement read.

Cable took over as Oakland's head coach on an interim basis four games into the 2009 season. He led the Raiders to a 4-8 mark over the season's final 12 games that year, then had his interim tag removed by Oakland owner Al Davis prior to the 2009 season. Oakland finished just 5-11 in 2009 but improved to 8-8 this season, including a 6-0 mark within the AFC West division.

That was not enough for Davis, however, who will reportedly now consider promoting Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to Cable's vacated position. SFGate.com cited a source close to Jackson as saying that Jackson will take over the head coaching spot, but the Raiders denied that.

"We have not talked to anybody yet," Raiders senior executive John Herrera told SFGate.com. "Nothing has been done. This was the decision (firing Cable) that had to be made first."

Former Denver coach Josh McDaniels may also be in the mix in Oakland -- FOX Sports' Nancy Gay tweeted earlier this week that McDaniels "intrigues" the Raiders.

Cable's job was rumored to be in danger prior to the 2009 season, following an alleged off-field incident involving ex-Oakland assistant Randy Hanson. Police investigated after Hanson's jaw was broken during an altercation at the Raiders' training camp compound, but no charges were filed against Cable.

The Raiders' perfect mark against AFC West opponents was the first time they'd pulled that feat off since 1976. Oakland put the finishing touches on its 6-0 intra-division record with a 31-10 win at Kansas City in Week 17. The team's 8-8 overall record was its best since finishing 11-5 and winning the AFC championship in 2002; Oakland did not win more than five games in any season between 2003-09.

"We're not losers anymore. We're 8-8," Cable said Sunday, when asked following the Raiders win if he thought he would be back as the team's coach in 2011. "That's not what we wanted. We wanted to be a playoff team. We came here to get the sixth win, which means we went 6-0 in the division and, most importantly, we are done with that losing. We are not losers anymore."

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