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.
However, for the second time this offseason, the Raiders have hired a former head coach, as Tom Cable is reportedly set to return to Oakland and work under Gruden as the team's offensive line coach.
The Fitz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes diversity in National Football League front offices and coaching staffs, asked the National Football League to investigate whether the Raiders reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing minority candidates. He spent the past seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as their assistant head coach/offensive line coach before being dismissed this month. At training camp in 2009, defensive assistant Randy Hanson sustained a broken jaw and accused Cable of assault.
Cable's tenure included allegations of physical abuse. Police elected not to press charges.
The Raiders finished 8-8 and were 6-0 against the AFC West, a season which prompted Cable to say "We're not losers any more".
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Other actors, technicians - you do silly things. "But it's childhood stuff what he was doing", he continued. "Childhood stuff". Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing a teenage intern during the 1980s.
In January of 2011, Davis cited the latter situation when discussing Cable's departure.
He lasted with the Falcons for just one season, as Atlanta head coach Jim Mora Jr. was sacked at the conclusion of that year, leading Cable to move on to the Raiders. Davis docked Cable's pay in relation to that litigation. The Raiders retained him after a 4-8 finish, and they went 5-11 and then 8-8 during the next two years of his tenure.
This offseason, the Raiders have a decision to make with Marshawn Lynch.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance said Wednesday it is "deeply concerned by reports" that Raiders owner Mark Davis reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing any minority candidates. Those candidates were Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
Mike Tice served as the Raiders' O-line coach the past three years.