Cable expected to return as Raiders’ coach

After discussions with Raiders owner Al Davis, Tom Cable is expected to remain as the team’s head coach, league sources told NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi.

Lombardi also reports that, according to sources, key Raiders assistants have been told to get to work, another sign that Cable will be back.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that all signs point to Cable returning to the Raiders, but sources say the coach hasn’t been informed of any decision.

The Raiders denied Saturday night that any decision had been made.

“We’ve never made any statement that the head coach would not be back — that has been media speculation from the beginning,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera told The Associated Press. “We’ve consistently stated that we’re going through an evaluation process to determine the direction that the organization needs to go. The process is ongoing and has not reached a conclusion.”

Cable’s job security has been in question since he completed his first full season as Raiders coach on Jan. 3 with a 5-11 record. The Raiders have an NFL-worst seven consecutive seasons with at least 11 losses.

Cable is 9-19 since he replaced Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season.

Davis also has been talking to potential assistant coaches while weighing Cable’s fate. Davis met with Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson this week and hired former Giants assistant Mike Waufle on Friday to coach the defensive line. Waufle held the same position with the Raiders from 1998 to 2003.

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