Hope dies, Raider Nation starts grieving process

It’s no surprise the firing decision to not extend the contract of Tom Cable has elicited some strong morning-after opinions.

And it was Raiders punter Shane Lechler who kicked it off,  calling the decision “a huge setback.” It always makes for good copy when punters have opinions. Maybe we can give Lechler a pass, though, given that he’s been through six head coaches in 11 seasons.

But if Lechler has provided us with an accurate gauge of the temperature in the locker room, then the Raiders are in worse shape today than yesterday.

Perhaps the situation isn’t quite as dire as the headline suggests, but judging from their outcry, most of Raider Nation is currently in the need of group therapy discounts. Even fans of other teams have been posting their empathies.

Here’s a sample of some of the PG-rated responses, the ones that didn’t require inserting “#$%&” for most of the words:

1992teresa: I haven’t been this sad since Jan 26, 2003. Do a good job, you’re outta here. Davis, you’d better be right. I don’t know how much more the fans can take of your bad calls. We don’t wanna be losers anymore, we’re sick of that. Sorry, Cable. I’ll miss Sundays watching you running back and forth waving your hands and yelling like a nut, just like us. 🙂

katsart: Al Davis is making harder and harder to be a Raiders fan! Too bad he can’t be released from the organization. I was considering buying season seats next year, but that won’t be happening now.

sjraider43: it hurts, hurts, hurts…. god i hope davis has the absolute masterplan / enlightenment deep in his dictator’s soul. he better be sellin’ stuff on ebay to pay this fine group of players we have now! because money is the only thing that can keep these guys playin’ if there’s gonna be a new head coach from somewhere out of iceland they can’t connect too. Tom, good luck man. you deserved better. hate to see you on some other sideline. we were so close but now i think we may be goin’ down again. prepare for blacked out games.


sajohnson2010: What a terrible decision by an owner who has lost his football mind. I think us die-hard Raiders should start a petition against this awful decision. No Cable – No Raiders. I’m not in Oakland to boycott, but I will do my part. No more Raider gear, I won’t even watch next season if I don’t see Cable on the sideline.

Another odd situation in Oakland, which we’ve fully come to expect under Al Davis. And also one ripe with risk. After a glimpse of continuity, stability and progress led to an 8-8 season, the Raiders will be starting over. Again.

There are rumblings Davis cut ties with Cable in order to keep Hue Jackson, who the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting already has the job. But what if the Raiders also lose Jackson, who is interviewing with the 49ers today? The Raiders are also expected to make a run at Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, and Jason La Canfora says they could kick the tires on Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman as well. Trestman was on the Raiders’ staff from 2001-03 as a quarterback’s coach and offensive coordinator.

For the well-being of Raider Nation, here’s hoping Davis indeed has a master plan.

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