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February 3, 2009
The official start of the Cable era

Let the jokes begin.

Tom Cable is Al Davis' (place your synonym for puppet here).

Davis did Cable's public perception no good by hiring several assistant coaches while making Cable wait.

After all, don't most coaches get to be hired before their assistants?

Why did Davis do it? Well, because he could.

Cable didn't seem intent on leaving or courting other jobs to make Davis announce a decision sooner.

So Davis let him wait for more than a month to announce what was assumed long ago.

But why Cable? This is the main reason from where I sit:

Cable is the anti-Lane Kiffin.

Unlike Kiffin, Cable never publicly challenged (or in Kiffin's case sometimes) taunted Davis' methods or decisions.

Sure, Cable showed independence in some decisions (see the fake FG against Kansas City) but he's not going to brag that things that work are of his doing and when things go bad, that they're all Davis' fault.

Mind you, Kiffin's constant jabs at Davis through the media made for fun days at work.

It didn't take much thought for a story idea when Kiffin comes out to say he has no talent and he's not allowed to cut players.

(Davis said that's not true, but that didn't make reporting on it any less fun).

Kiffin's willingness to take a player to task was refreshing. It couldn't' have been fun for Mario Henderson or Javon Walker, but it was fun because it was so unusual.

But ithat's not good for business.

Kiffin knew that. But he didn't care as he and Davis were busy giving each other the evil eye.

So what's Cable going to do? What he did in 12 games as interim head coach.

Cable is going to speak highly of Davis. He won't trash players and isn't likely to be the source of media leaks that will anger Davis.

Cable probably made Davis smile when he came out and angrily dogged the decision of assistant offensive line coach James Cregg to leave the team to join Kiffin at Tennessee.

Cable was 4-8, not exactly a record that should have made him a cinch to be head coach. But the Raiders aren't like other teams.

Loyalty is important to Davis and Cable was that in 2008. So Cable has the job he wants.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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