CABLE LAYING CLAIMS TO RAIDERS JOB?
Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2009, 3:29 p.m. EST
As the only (for now) NFL head-coaching vacancy nears a full month in duration, there are signs that interim coach Tom Cable could be getting the job.
Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that Cable is a “prime candidate” for the position, and possibly “the” prime candidate.
Cable’s contract has expired, but he’s nevertheless at the Senior Bowl, assisting in the scouting on the incoming draft class and interviewing potential assistant coaches.
Other candidates who have interviewed include Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Packers assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss. There’s some suspicion, however, that both men primarily were being eyeballed as potential candidates for coordinator jobs, and that they were interviewed for the head-coaching position in order to prevent their current teams from blocking the sessions.
Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie also was mentioned as a possible candidate, but to date he hasn’t been interviewed.
Schefter also reports that former linebackers coach Don Martindale has joined the Broncos, and never was a candidate for the head-coaching position in Oakland, despite recent reports to the contrary.
We figured that Martindale was a lock for the job, based on the notion (as a reader recently articulated in the comments) that the primary trait for the head-coaching gig in Oakland is that no one has previously ever heard of the candidate.