Tom Cable returning as Raiders OL coach

Aug 12 2017 Glendale AZ USA Detailed view of an Oakland Raiders helmet against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

"We are deeply concerned by reports that the Oakland Raiders' owner, Mark Davis, came to an agreement with Jon Gruden about him becoming the Raiders' next head coach before interviewing any candidates of color". 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.

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 Oakland Raiders are bringing back their former head coach.

Cable came to Seattle in 2011 after having been the head coach of the Raiders for 44 games from 2008-10 seasons and having been the offensive line coach in 2007-08 - Oakland ranked in the top 10 in rushing in the National Football League each season he was the OL coach there.

This will not be Cable's first rodeo with the Raiders. He was replaced by Hue Jackson, who was hired to be Cable's offensive coordinator by Davis in the 2010 season.

Cable, 53, had 17-27 record for the Raiders as head coach.

In August of 2009, Cable reportedly was involved in a physical alteraction with defensive assistant Randy Hanson that resulted in Hanson suffering a broken jaw.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith recently chimed in on the subject and gave what he thinks is a reasonable timeline for Gruden to win a Super Bowl with the Raiders. No criminal charges were filed.

At the time, Cable released a statement through his agent that he had "only once touched a woman inappropriately" during his first marriage and there was no discipline by the NFL.

On the field, Gruden will take over for Jack Del Rio after the latter was sacked following a 6-10 season.

Cable had spent the last seven years as the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line coach.

It remains to be seen how Cable will mesh with the Raiders' highly-paid offensive line.



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