Reports suggest Cable is on way out

Raiders coach Tom Cable was schedule to meet with owner Al Davis Monday about his coaching future in Oakland according to multiple published reports.

Cable was on the record last week as saying he’s “pretty sure” he’ll return to the helm of the Raiders in 2010.

“I am, because I see, and you all see, too, where this team is going, and what we’ve been able to accomplish in proving some things,” he said.

But the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Cable will be fired today, citing people up and down the organizational chart. The lone question, according to one source in the report, is whether Cable gets fired “for cause.” Last week, Steve Corkran of the San Jose Mercury News reported that sources close to Davis felt he was inclined to fire Cable.

Still, Davis has not commented.

If Cable is fired, who is the next coach of the Raiders?

It’s no secret the Raiders coach — Cable or his replacement — has his future tied to the $29 million of guaranteed money in JaMarcus Russell’s contract. NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi noted today that everything is centered on trying to salvage Russell’s career.

Lombardi is on the record with three candidates — longtime QB coach and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman (currently coaching CFL’s Montreal Alouettes), Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and former Giants coach Jim Fassel. NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche has added Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss, who interviewed last offseason and is on the Raiders’ short list.

As of 5:15 p.m. ET, still no word on today’s meeting. Stay tuned.

– Frank Tadych

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