Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Raiders to hire Cable as offensive line coach

Raiders to hire Cable as offensive line coach

Tom Cable, at the helm from 2008 to 2010, reportedly has returned to the franchise as its offensive line coach. Cable was sacked after the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, but like Gruden, he's now set to return to a familiar workplace.

The hire was reported by NFL Media and former Raiders exec Mike Lombardi Saturday morning.

The Raiders did interview two minorities, Bobby Johnson, the Raiders former tight ends coach, and Tee Martin, the former offensive coordinator at USC.

The 53-year-old Cable worked as the Raiders offensive line coach in 2007 before becoming the team's interim head coach four games into the 2008 season after Lane Kiffin was sacked. Cable finished out his final season.

The Rooney Rule requires National Football League teams to interview a minority candidate for the head coaching job.

The problems arise from the timing of owner Mark Davis' discussions with new head coach Jon Gruden. Cable later sued to recover that money.

Cable's tenure included allegations of physical abuse.

In training camp in 2009, Randy Hanson, a Raiders assistant, was the alleged victim of a punch by Cable which left him a broken jaw.

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.

Gruden succeeded Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign for the Raiders.

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.

Lynch did not mesh as quickly in his first season behind the Raiders' high-paid offensive line in 2017.

Also reportedly hired (ESPN, Chris Mortensen) by the Raiders is Green Bay assistant Edgar Bennett, who will replace Rob Moore as wide receivers coach.

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