Raiders coach Tom Cable hasn’t been fired yet, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation surrounding his future in Oakland.
The Raiders have remained quiet since reports surfaced owner Al Davis was scheduled to meet with Cable last week. That meeting, or supposed meeting, followed multiple published reports out of the Bay Area that Cable was on his way out.
There are four names on the list of potential candidates should Cable be fired as reported on NFL.com two weeks ago. NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi reported former Raiders QB coach and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and former Giants coach Jim Fassel are candidates. The list also includes Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss, who also interviewed according to NFL.com’s Steve Wyche.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that Davis has interviewed candidates for more than two weeks, including interviews with Fassel and Trestman, who is currently the coach of the Montreal Alouettes.
Fassel is denying the report, saying he has not heard from the Raiders. He told SIRIUS XM’s Mad Dog Radio Wednesday he’s not pursuing any jobs.
“My son happens to be the special teams coordinator for the Raiders and they played very well this year,” Fassel said. “They set an NFL record, an all-time record, of net punt [yards] and gross punt [yards] this year. So I follow the Raiders pretty closely because my son is coaching there and I coached there at one time.
“But, no, I’m not lobbying for any job. I’m not lobbying for the Raider job,” Fassel said. “I have never in my life rooted for a coach to be let go so there’s an opening. I never have. I’m in the same fraternity.”
Moss and Gilbride interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy last year.
Davis appears to be moving forward assembling the rest of the coaching staff. The Raiders have interviewed Ravens QB coach Hue Jackson for the offensive coordinator job, reported NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora, and have also interviewed Mike Waufle to be defensive line coach.