Cable, who came to UCLA after being the head coach at his alma mater, Idaho, had gotten NFL overtures prior to this season, but stayed at UCLA and helped make the Bruins offense one of the highest-scoring in the NCAA.
Cable is the third offensive coach to leave the staff this year for the NFL, following running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Eric Bieniemy who left for the Minnesota Vikings and tight ends coach/assistant head coach Jon Embree who took the tight ends coaching position with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sources are indicating that Head Coach Karl Dorrell is in the process of reviewing potential candidates for the now-open offensive line coaching position.
Jim Svoboda, the quarterbacks coach, will more than likely take over the position of Offensive Coordinator, also vacated by Cable. It's believed that Dorrell himself will also have a very active role. Svoboda will retain his job as quarterbacks coach.
UCLA's Official Release on Cable:
Tom Cable, who has served as UCLA's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach the past two seasons, has been hired to coach the offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today.
"Tom has done a great job of coordinating our offense and coaching the line," said Dorrell. "He has been a friend for a long time and I am grateful for his contributions and wish him well with the Falcons.
"My goal is to quickly fill the offensive line position with an outstanding coach who possesses both college and NFL experience. We have a bright future on the line and we will bring in a great coach to work with the players at that position."
Dorrell said that Cable received a call from the Falcons on Wednesday evening and accepted the position early this morning and then told his position players during workouts.
"Coaching in the NFL has been a career dream," said Cable. "I am grateful to Karl for giving me the opportunity at UCLA. I have had a great time during my two years here. I know Karl will continue to have great success with the program.
"The Falcons called last night and it all happened very quickly. It's a great opportunity, but I will really miss being at UCLA."
Also, sources are saying that there is a leading candidate for the linebackers coaching job, one hand-picked by new Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker.
A leading candidate for the defensive line coaching position has also emerged, one with NFL experience.
it's been learned that current cornerbacks coach, Gary DeLoach will either remain in the same position or coach the safeties, while Walker will take over one of the defensive back coaching positions. It's pretty certain that Brian Schneider, who coached safeties and special teams last season, will become the new tight ends coach, replacing departed Jon Embree, and remain special teams coach. Schneider coached tight ends at Colorado State for six years before coming to UCLA.