Tom Cable's on the way, albeit in a lesser role.
The NFL said Thursday it will review the process that led to the Oakland Raiders' hiring of Jon Gruden as their head coach. Gruden has served as an ESPN commentator for Monday Night Football during the last nine years, although he previously coached the Raiders (1998-2001) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08), amassing a 95-81 record and winning a Super Bowl.
The 53-year-old originally joined Oakland in 2007, serving as the team's offensive line coach in 2007 and the first portion of 2008 before taking over as head coach during the latter season after Lane Kiffin was sacked.
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Davis has not said that Gruden verbally accepted the job, but used the phrase "all in" to describe how Gruden felt about the job.
He followed that feat with the now famous quote, "We're not losers anymore". He was 17-27 in two-plus seasons as Raiders head coach.
The Rooney Rule means teams have to interview at least one minority candidate before making a coaching hire, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Raiders satisfied the requirement by interviewing Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson.
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Cable has spent the last seven seasons working as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks before being dismissed on Wednesday. He also worked extensively with Marshawn Lynch during the rusher's salad days in Seattle. Then-owner Al Davis fired Cable amid physical abuse allegations, including those involving women. Davis docked Cable's pay in relation to that litigation.
The Seahawks fired Cable along with offensive coordinator Darren Bevell after finishing 9-7 to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Offensive line coach was a top priority as Gruden built a staff. Cable is known for using a zone blocking scheme, though it remains uncertain what he'll use in Oakland with a powerful, expensive offensive front locked in place save the right tackle spot.
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