Raiders to interview OL coach Tom Cable

Scout.com has confirmed the Oakland Raiders will interview former Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Tom Cable for their vacant offensive line position.

Tom Cable spent last year coaching the Atlanta Falcons offensive line, his only year with the club.

Cable spent the prior two seasons as both the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at UCLA. In 2005, the Bruins' offense ranked 23rd in the nation with an average of 431.0 yards of offense per game as the team won 10 games. In 2004, the Bruin offense improved by over 1,000 yards from the previous season and ranked 28th nationally in yards per game (410.0).

Prior to joining the UCLA staff, Cable, 42, served as head coach of the University of Idaho for four seasons. During his tenure at Idaho, his teams ran the West Coast offense and averaged 424.1 yards of total offense per game. Idaho ranked sixth nationally in 2001 (464.8), eighth nationally in 2000 (453.2) and 27th nationally in 2002 (404.6) in terms of yards per game.

Before becoming a head coach at his alma mater, Cable spent two years at the University of Colorado. In 1998, he served as the offensive line coach for Rick Neuheisel, working with then-offensive coordinator and current UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell. In 1999, he was promoted to offensive coordinator by head coach Gary Barnett. Under his direction, the Buffaloes' offense was ranked 14th in the nation, averaging 424.9 yards per game.

Cable spent six seasons (1992-97) as offensive line coach at the University of California, working for Keith Gilbertson, Steve Mariucci and Tom Holmoe. He produced four first-team All-Pac-10 selections, including first-team All-America and two-time All-Pac-10 performer Todd Steussie, who was also voted the Pac-10's top lineman in 1993.

Cable began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a graduate assistant for Gilbertson at Idaho in 1987 and 1988. He then served as a graduate assistant at San Diego State in 1989. From there, he went to Cal State Fullerton, where he was the defensive line coach in 1990. His next stop was UNLV, where he coached the offensive line for one year (1991) before moving to the University of California.

Cable, a 6-3, 270-pound offensive lineman, played four years for the Dennis Erickson teams that launched the rebirth of Idaho football in 1982. After a four-year career - three as a starting guard - for the Vandals, Cable spent one season as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts before beginning his coaching career.


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