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Tom Cable: The Missing Piece Of The Puzzle?

When things disintegrated to the point where the Oakland Raiders needed to make a change at the position of Head Coach they looked to the great northwest for the solution to their problems. Tom Cable who at the age of 44 unlike his recent predecessors is not a young and up and coming coach that is younger than some of the players. He is also not an aging coach who is looking for a last chance before they find themselves in some studio somewhere staring at a TV camera.

Tom Cable is a working man’s coach. Working through the collegiate ranks in places like Idaho, San Diego State, UCLA and Cal. Going into the pros he has worked with the Atlanta Falcons before coming to the Silver and Black of the Oakland Raiders. As Henry Hartman said, “Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.”

There is something to be said for a man who has had to sleep in the football offices of San Diego State and lived on a beach in Southern California for a short period of time when he found himself without a place to live. Professional and personal experience can give a man perspective. This was shown when he was named interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2008.

Coach Cable realized that the “me” attitude which had prevailed over the last number of years within the locker room had to be abolished. By Coach Cable’s own admission this is an on going process. At the press conference in which Tom Cable was announced as the permanent Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders Tom Cable presented himself as a quiet speaking man with focus and determination.

Not the youthful words of a young man looking into the unknown, or the tired platitudes of a coach who has spent to much time at the fair. In concert with Al Davis Coach Cable and the Raiders have chosen to pick up players that are not going to capture headlines in the off season but have effectively added depth to a team in need of competition.

With Coach Cable at the helm the Raiders are a team with a common direction and a common goal. Many people have expressed the opinion that no one wants to coach in Oakland because of the challenge of working with Al Davis. Coach Cable has seemed to relish this opportunity and has appeared to gain Mr. Davis’ trust and respect. Coach Cable’s maturity was on display during the draft this year when the Raiders selected Darrius Heyward-Bey with the 7th overall pick.

I am sure the Coach Cable would have loved to pick up one of the top tackles in this years draft but understanding how the Raiders go about their business and that there is more then one path to a common goal Coach Cable will take the weapons that he has at his disposal and will work toward the only thing that matters in the Raider Nation and that is winning.

The road may have been long and his travels may have wound through many hamlets but Tom Cable deserves to be where he stands at this moment in his life.

The Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders.

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