Whether or not the Raiders ultimately retain interim head coach Tom Cable has not officially been determined, but there are signs indicating he could be in trouble at the end of the season.
Oakland officials already have begun compiling a list of prospective head-coaching candidates it would like to interview shortly after this season wraps up Dec. 28 at Tampa Bay in what was supposed to be the Kiffin Bowl. Plans for post-season interviews already have been put in place.
The Raiders are being tight lipped about who is on the list and insist that their focus is squarely on finishing this season strong and giving Cable the support he deserves. But it has not stopped this franchise from wisely begin to chart its future.
And when the Raiders begin interviewing head-coaching candidates, expect them to be on the offensive side of the football. Including Cable, the last 11 head coaches the Raiders have hired have offensive backgrounds. In fact, the last defensive head coach that Raiders owner Al Davis hired was none other than John Madden.