Published: December 28th, 2008 | Tags: Oakland Raiders
Change is coming in Oakland, but it might not necessarily be with interim head coach Tom Cable.
Raiders owner Al Davis –- who did not make the trip to Tampa Bay due to knee and ankle injuries he suffered in a fall earlier this month in San Diego –- has not declared whether Cable will return or not.
The feeling within the organization is that Cable, who has the support of many of his players, has the chance to keep his job. But sources around the league also believe Davis will study other candidates before determining what is best for his franchise.
Whether Cable is back is one issue, but there are plenty of others on the Raiders coaching staff. The contracts of 19 of the Raiders’ 20 assistant coaches all expire after this season. The only Raiders coach under contract beyond this season is wide receivers coach James Lofton.
Otherwise, every coach including Cable is free to leave Oakland. Maybe the highest-profile assistant is defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. If his brother Rex Ryan, the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator, lands the head-coaching job in St. Louis or another city, Rob would be a prime candidate to join him.
But there now are questions following each Raiders coach as the season heads into the offseason.