Looks like Cable's the guy

More than a month after their season ended, it looks like the Raiders will finally put an end to the speculation and name Tom Cable as their head coach some time this week, Silver and Black Illustrated has learned.

On Monday two people close to the situation confirmed that Cable, who took over as interim head coach after owner Al Davis fired Lane Kiffin four games into the 2008 season, has been given the full-time job and that a press conference will be held, possibly within the next few days, to make the announcement.

The Raiders, though, weren't saying for certain.

"All I can do is say stay tuned," Raiders spokesman John Herrera said Monday when asked about a possible announcement. "Nothing is going to happen today."

Cable has been considered the leading candidate for the job for some time. Davis also interviewed Kevin Gilbride and Winston Moss for the head coaching vacancy but neither man received a follow-up meeting with Davis. Before flying for a face-to-face meeting with Davis, Gilbride did have a 90-minute conversation on the phone with Davis though the Raiders refused to characterize it as an interview.

Cable, on the other hand, continued to work with the Raiders evaluating the roster, helping interview assistant coaching candidates and scouting players at the Senior Bowl more than a week after his contract expired on Jan. 13.

Two other names, Jim Fassel and Marc Trestman, popped up in the rumor mill but never bore out. Trestman, in an e-mail exchange with Silver and Black Illustrated, said he was never part of the process. Don Martindale, Oakland's linebackers coach last year, also thought he was getting a look as a potential head coach but joined Denver after apparently finding out that wasn't true.

Asked Monday if the Raiders were planning on interviewing anyone else for the head coaching job, Herrera was non-committal.

"As of right now probably not," Herrera said. "But nothing is chiseled in stone."

It is not known for certain if the Raiders will name an offensive or defensive coordinator at the same time they name Cable their head coach. In the past few weeks Davis has been busy assembling the rest of the coaching staff but has yet to decide on coordinators on both sides of the ball.

Al Saunders was interviewed for the offensive coordinator spot but there's been no word whether he was offered the job or not. There is speculation that Paul Hackett, who was hired as quarterbacks coach last week, would also assume the offensive coordinator job if Saunders is not hired.

As for a defensive coordinator, there's even more uncertainty. Since Rob Ryan left to take the coordinator's job in Cleveland, the Raiders haven't tipped their hand as to which way their leaning and have held minimal interviews for the job.


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