With the New York Giants getting the 2018 version of the coaching carousel started early with the firing of Ben McAdoo, the rumors about which assistants will get head coaching gigs are already firing as the regular season winds down. One name thrown in the hat in years past? Seattle Seahawks Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable.
Cable brings NFL experience already at that level, having joined Pete Carroll and the Seahawks coaching staff in 2011 just two weeks after being let go as head coach of the Oakland Raiders following an 8-8 year. Cable was also head coach at the University of Idaho from 2000 to 2003.
In Oakland, Cable inherited a team that had gone 20-64 in the five and a quarter seasons since their 2002 Super Bowl appearance before he was named interim coach part way through 2008. Despite a lack of talent infused into the roster through the draft, and through the meddling of an aging owner desperate for a return to the glory days of the franchise, after being handed the reins Cable turned the team around to its .500 finish more than two years later.
Now, obviously Cable was at the helm for most or all of two of the previous seven consecutive seasons of double digit losses, and was the Raiders offensive line coach in 2007 and the beginning of ’08 too, but look at the talent the roster received through the first three rounds of the draft during the four years Cable was associated with the organization:
Raiders draft choices in rounds 1-3 during Tom Cable’s time in Oakland
|Johnnie Lee Higgins
With several other teams beyond just the Giants expected to need a new head coach once the season concludes—potentially the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Indianapolis Colts—and following improvement by the Seattle offensive line in recent weeks maybe polishing perception of Cable’s ability to keep franchise quarterback upright and healthy, Cable’s resume and the extenuating personnel circumstances involved in both recent jobs might make him an interesting candidate for any of them.
Cable has reportedly been interviewed for head coaching positions previously, including the San Francisco 49ers as recently as 2017. Although it’s worth mentioning in the current environment of piqued awareness around treatment of women, Cable’s history of assault allegations in his past might present an obstacle to his becoming the face of another franchise. While the head coach in Oakland, Cable was also alleged to have broken the jaw of assistant coach Randy Hanson in 2009. Following that incident, more than one woman with whom Cable had been in a relationship said he had abused them.
So, depending on how the remainder of the season plays out, not just for the Seahawks but for the rest of the league as well, those Seattle fans who have been clamoring for the organization to have someone, anyone in charge of the offensive line other than Tom Cable may just get their wish. And it’s not only fans who may be rooting for Cable to become a head coach again, as just days ago Russell Okung sent out this tweet:
Tom Cable should definitely be considered for the NYG role.— Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) December 4, 2017
With the size of the New York market and hotter names closer to home for the northeast market like Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Jon Gruden, as well as celebrated college coaches like David Shaw, there remains plenty of time between now and the end of the season to stoke the rumor fires.