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There have never been more quality head coaching candidates in the NFL as there are right now. There are seven coaches that have won the Super Bowl since 1996 currently on the market, as well as several respected names such as Herm Edwards, who was recently let go by the Kansas City Chiefs.
With this glut of experienced coaches available, who have the Oakland Raiders reportedly settled on to turn the team around?
Tom Cable. Yes, "The Cable Guy."
The same guy that Raiders owner Al Davis knew so little about when he announced his hiring that he had to ask someone for a media guide to look up some of his accomplishments. The same guy who was 4-8 as the Raiders interim head coach last season after being promoted from offensive line coach. The same guy who was 6-29 as the coach of Idaho in his last head coaching job.
This is equivalent of someone walking into a fancy steakhouse and after being shown the different cuts of prime meat and settling on the soup and salad.
It's bland, it's uninspired and it's a shame.
The Raiders are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL and they have literally become a coaching black hole, which isn't a compliment to their fans.
Now that the Cardinals have made it to their first Super Bowl, it's safe to call the Raiders the NFL's equivalent of the Clippers. Davis, a Clippers fan who used to sit courtside at many games when the Raiders played at the nearby Coliseum, might not mind being compared to his favorite basketball team, but it's certainly cause for concern if you're a Raiders fan.
No self-respecting coach wants to work for Davis and take over the dysfunctional Raiders. Who can blame them after Davis has gone through five head coaches in the last seven years and sought to publicly humiliate his last coach, Lane Kifffin, before firing him and trying to get out of paying him? It's not exactly the kind of environment a coach with options would choose.
It's a sad state of affairs for a franchise that was once led by John Madden and Tom Flores, who won three Super Bowls. David could never lure a coach of their ilk to the team now. It's for that reason alone that Davis must give up control of the team and take a hands off approach to his beloved "Ray-duhs." If he truly wants to "just win baby" and attract the people who will help him turn around the team, he must retire to his skybox high above the field and keep that distance at all times.
Davis will always be synonymous with Raiders history and folklore but as long as he is synonymous with the current Raiders, the team will be destined to languish in a black hole that will never be as intimidating or as good as its fans or its nostalgic yet meddlesome owner would like.