With status uncertain, Cable looking ahead to draft

MOBILE, Ala. — If Tom Cable‘s future as head coach of the Oakland Raiders is in doubt, he sure isn’t going about things at the Under Armour Senior Bowl this week as if it is.

Cable is here scouting players and doing it as intensely as if he were coaching a game.

Some coaches here, like Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin or St. Louis’ Steve Spagnuolo like getting right up close to the action and tracking the drills from only steps away. Others like the Jets’ Rex Ryan or the Chiefs’ Todd Haley prefer to roam the premises and catch up with old friends in between glances at the field.

Not Cable. I’m not sure anyone in the entire stadium monitored practice as closely as the embattled Raiders coach. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he planted himself in the middle of the stands with a couple members from his Oakland staff, and intently scanned the field.

He remained in his seat for the duration of each of the North and South practices and never moved, his eyes always on the action, usually focusing on the linemen drills.

It was fascinating to see just how locked in Cable was while watching practice from the stands.

Whether it results in the Raiders having a great draft after enduring several shaky ones over the past few years, remains to be seen.

But one thing is for sure: Cable can’t be blamed for not knowing the Senior Bowl prospects.

Jason Feller

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