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News » Raiders say no decision yet on head coach, despite ESPN report


Raiders say no decision yet on head coach, despite ESPN report


Raiders say no decision yet on head coach, despite ESPN report
All signs point to Raiders managing general partner Al Davis making 2008 interim head coach Tom Cable the permanent coach within the coming days.


However, Cable has not signed a contract, and any such move isn't imminent, contrary to an ESPN report Wednesday.

"A decision has not been made yet," Raiders senior executive John Herrera said in response to the report.

Herrera said he told the reporter as much when he called the Raiders seeking comment. Two people familiar with the situation confirmed that Cable's contract expired Jan. 13 and has not been renewed.

Cable said an announcement will be made by Davis once he has made a decision. Until then, Cable added, he won't comment on the situation.

Davis has interviewed Cable, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Green Bay Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss for the job Cable held the final 12 games last season.

The ESPN report cited "a source close to another candidate for the Raiders' head coaching job" as saying the Raiders told the candidate Tuesday that Cable got the job.

Cable replaced the fired Lane Kiffin after Oakland's fourth regular-season game.

Cable has been working at the team's year-round facility since his contract expired and even guided the Raiders contingent in Mobile, Ala., during the week leading up to the Senior Bowl.

Hence, it is logical to assume that Cable is the front-runner for the job. Herrera agreed, but added that Davis still is in the midst of the decision-making process and not ready to name a coach.

In other news, the Raiders named Paul Hackett their quarterbacks coach. He was their advance scout last season. Hackett replaces John DeFilippo, who held the position the past two seasons.

Hackett has coached for the 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his NFL career.

Also, John Marshall arrived Wednesday afternoon for his scheduled interview with for the Raiders defensive coordinator vacancy. He is the first candidate known to have interviewed for the position held by Rob Ryan the past five seasons.

Marshall spent the past three seasons as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator. He also has been a defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

Contact Steve Corkran at scorkran@bayareanewsgroup.com



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 29, 2009

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