Jon Gruden won’t be the only former Raiders head coach on the 2018 Silver and Black staff. The Raiders reached an agreement to bring back Tom Cable, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (on Twitter).
The Raiders’ head coach for a two-plus-season stint from 2008-10, Cable will be in charge of Oakland’s offensive linemen next season. The Seahawks fired Cable after seven seasons earlier this week, but it didn’t take long for the veteran coach to land on his feet.
The 2018 season will mark the 12th straight campaign in which Cable will coach with the Raiders or Seahawks, with his most recent job outside those two western-based franchises coming with the 2006 Falcons. Cable will have a chance to coach a Raiders offensive line that’s seen historic finances poured into it. Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson are all under contract for next season.
This would also reunite Cable with Marshawn Lynch. Although, it shouldn’t be considered a lock Lynch — whose cap number jumps from $2.7MM to $6MM — will be part of the 2018 Raiders. But he thrived during most of his previous stint with Cable.
The Raiders underwhelmed last season despite the resources put into their offensive front, finishing 25th in rushing offense. While the Seahawks have struggled on the ground in recent years, they did not spent nearly the kind of money the Raiders did up front.
Cable went 17-27 as Raiders HC and was replaced by Hue Jackson despite an 8-8 season in 2010. The 53-year-old Cable interviewed for the 49ers’ HC job last year but stayed on as Seattle’s O-line coach.
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