National Football League asked to investigate if Raiders violated Rooney Rule in Gruden hiring


National Football League asked to investigate if Raiders violated Rooney Rule in Gruden hiring

Tom Cable's on the way, albeit in a lesser role.

Davis has not said that Gruden verbally accepted the job, but used the phrase "all in" to describe how Gruden felt about the job.

Cable's coming back, NFL Network reported Saturday afternoon, as offensive line coach. Although Gruden has a Super Bowl title to his credit and was successful during his first stint with the Raiders, he hasn't coached in almost a decade and there's no telling whether he'll be able to adapt to the modern era of coaching in the NFL.

Cable previously coached the Raiders' offensive line in 2007 and was promoted to interim head coach four games into the 2008 season after then-owner Al Davis fired Lane Kiffin.

He followed that feat with the now famous quote, "We're not losers anymore".

Cable earned a strong reputation with the Seahawks after developing late-round picks and converted defensive linemen into starters on the offensive line, garnering a few head-coaching interviews in recent years.

Oakland went just 17-27 under Cable's direction, and he was sacked after his third season.

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. He also worked extensively with Marshawn Lynch during the rusher's salad days in Seattle. At training camp in 2009, defensive assistant Randy Hanson sustained a broken jaw and accused Cable of assault. Davis docked Cable's pay in relation to that litigation.

Obviously, only time will tell whether Gruden still has what it takes to be a successful coach in this league and if Carr buys in, but there's definitely a reason for optimism in Oakland as a new era gets underway for the silver and black. He and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were fired after a disappointing season where the Seahawks missed the postseason.