Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Raiders Seeking New Coach

Although Tom Cable is still officially holding the head coaching job on the Oakland Raiders, it appears it's only a matter of time before Al Davis and Co. go in a different direction.

The Raiders reportedly reached out to Stanford head coach Jim Harbough, although Harbough has made it pretty clear that he wants to stick around Palo Alto for a few more years. At least that's the stance that Harbough is taking publicly. Other than the guy who's brought the Cardinal back to relevance, the Raiders have shown apparent interest in former Giants' head coach Jim Fassel, and former Niner and Raider offensive coordinator, Mark Trestman. Fassel was recently coaching in the UFL, while Trestman has spent the last couple of years in the Canadian Football League. Amidst all the speculation, Cable is still keeping his confidence that it'll be his job and that he believes he's the right man for the job. I just think it's a matter of time before a move is made, but unfortunately for the Raiders, there in a position where they need to find someone willing to come to them because they obviously aren't going to land their top choice in Harbough. The Oakland Raider head coaching job has to be one of the least desirable jobs in the NFL, as it's basically a position to be Al Davis' puppet, which is the reason why they always have a tough time finding a candidate with good credentials who actually wants to coach for them.

Whether it's an NFL retread like Fossil or Trestman, or a newer, younger guy like Tom Cable and Lane Kiffin were, I think it's only a matter of time before a move is made. Davis wouldn't have this much public interest in other candidates if he didn't indeed have a plan in mind, but what has me scratching my head, is why hasn't he made the move to officially release Cable yet? I just can't see a situation where Cable returns to Oakland after the circus year they had in 2009. Davis wants someone who will come in and work JaMarcus Russell into being an NFL QB, and I think that's why he's showing so much interest in those offensive guys like Trestman and Fossil, and of course former NFL QB, Jim Harbough. I highly doubt he'd except the role, but a guy who could really fit well in Oakland I think would be Steve Mariucci. He is an offensive mind who's had a hand in developing a few very good quarterbacks, including Brett Favre. "Mooch" is no fool though, and the Raiders would have to throw a whole truckload of money at him to have him even consider coming into this mess.... More on this situation as it comes!

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