Raiders go with experience in Cable

The Oakland Raiders hired Tom Cable to coach their offensive line in the coming season, announcing the addition on Tuesday.

As first reported by SilverandBlack.com on January 25 when Tom Cable confirmed his interview with the team, the Raiders remained relentless in their pursuit of an experienced offensive line coach to guide the future of the unit.

"I have been familiar with Tom for quite some time now and he has a great offensive mind both as a line coach and as a coordinator," said Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "Coming off a season in which he oversaw the league's best run game, we are extremely pleased to have him. Greg Knapp and Tom can hit the ground running as they are so familiar with one another and both are clear in terms of exactly what I am looking for in an offense."

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. and six seasons (1992-97) as offensive line coach at the University of California, working for Keith Gilbertson, Steve Mariucci and Tom Holmoe.

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.

  • The Raiders also added Darren Perry to coach the defensive backfield, a role he had with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2003.

    Perry, 38, played seven seasons (1992-98) with the Steelers and started the first 110 games of his career. He joined the Steelers as an assistant before being promoted to defensive backs coach in 2004.

    "Darren's track record speaks for itself in Pittsburgh, first as an outstanding player and then equally as a proven coach," said Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "His work in the defensive backfield has resulted in championship caliber play from all areas. More specifically, his work with Troy Polamalu, whom I'm very familiar with, has been outstanding and will translate well with the great talent we have here."

  • Oakland rounded out a busy two days by wrapping up Mark Jackson and naming him Director of Football Development where he will work in unison with Kiffin.

    Jackson was Director of Football Operations/Assistant Athletic Director at USC from 2001-05, where he helped Head Coach Pete Carroll rebuild the Trojans program back to prominence.

    "I am very excited about having Mark join the Raiders and I know that he is elated about being an integral part of this historic franchise," said Kiffin. "His vast knowledge and tireless work ethic will serve us well."


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