Tom Cable returning as Raiders OL coach

Raiders fans and Chucky dolls greet Jon Gruden before introductory press conference

Raiders fans and Chucky dolls greet Jon Gruden before introductory press conference

The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 24-23.

The Raiders proceeded to fire head coach Jack Del Rio and hire Jon Gruden to lead the team after the season. He spent the past seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as their assistant head coach/offensive line coach before being dismissed this month.

It didn't take long for fired Seahawks' offensive line coach Tom Cable to find a new home as reports Saturday morning surfaced that he will become the new OL coach for the Raiders and new Oakland coach Jon Gruden.

Among the media in attendance, Steve Wyche and James Palmer from NFL Network weighed in on the event.

Cable's tenure included allegations of physical abuse. Police elected not to press charges. He finished the season with 891 yards but is not necessarily a lock to return next season.

In January of 2011, Davis cited the latter situation when discussing Cable's departure. Davis docked Cable's pay in relation to that litigation.

Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden as the team's coach that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked a game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN. Although Gruden has a Super Bowl title to his credit and was successful during his first stint with the Raiders, he hasn't coached in almost a decade and there's no telling whether he'll be able to adapt to the modern era of coaching in the NFL. Cable's familiarity with Lynch may indicate that Lynch will be retained.

Mike Tice served as the Raiders' O-line coach the past three years. This comes after Schefter reported the 10-year, $100 million contract Oakland gave Gruden was the longest coaching deal in National Football League history. He held the position from the 1998 to 2001 seasons before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks and $8 million in cash.

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