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article imageNFL: Tom Cable Will Be Back In Oakland

By Michael Bearak     Jan 24, 2010 in Sports
After weeks of wondering it is coming out that Al Davis had decided to keep Tom Cable on the sidelines for the Oakland Raiders next season.
This past season was not an easy one for Tom Cable, Al Davis, or the Oakland Raiders. Questions swarmed about the use of quarterback Jamarcus Russell and whether or not it was the right decision to bench him or to continue playing him. Tom Cable started the season amidst allegations that he struck an assistant coach during a dispute in the locker room. ESPN ran a report concerning allegations of abuse towards women that he was married to and that he dated.
Al Davis was faced with those issues and whether to stand behind his coach or not, as well as whether or not he should step in or just but out of things and let his coach run his team.
Along the way it was a struggle for the Raiders team to just be respectable in the NFL. After getting just two wins in 2006, they went 5-11 this past season, but it was the impressive wins that gave the team hope. They beat the defending champion, Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, the playoff bound Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals, as well as the Denver Broncos in Denver. All wins that gave hope that the team was on track for something better.
At the end of the season the questions arose whether Davis would retain Cable of not, but according to Adam Schefter, sources within the Raiders say that Cable will be back next season. Cable has one season left on his contract, and after meeting with Davis again this week he will be back to finish out his contract. ESPN cited his popularity in the locker room as one of the main reasons for his return.
While the Raiders have not announced anything yet, the decision to keep Cable seems to make sense as many teams around the NFL have done so in-light of the uncertainty of the 2011 season.
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