Oakland Raiders Opt Not to Extend Tom Cable’s Contract as Coach

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Oakland Raiders said they will not extend the contract of coach Tom Cable, who led the National Football League team to its best record in eight years.

Cable, 46, was told yesterday that his contract won’t be renewed, the Raiders said in a statement on their website last night. His deal expired at the conclusion of the regular season. The team gave no information on a successor.

Cable took charge of the Raiders when Lane Kiffin was fired in 2008. The team’s fifth coach in six years, Cable went 17-27 and guided Oakland to an 8-8 mark this season, its best since 2002, when it reached the Super Bowl after going 11-5. Cable was offensive line coach from 2007 until Sept. 30, 2008, when he was named interim head coach.

Cable was involved in an incident at the team’s training camp hotel in Napa, California, on Aug. 5, 2009, that left one of his assistants with a broken jaw. Defensive assistant Randy Hanson told Yahoo Sports he suffered the injury when Cable threw him out of a chair during a meeting with other coaches and then threatened to kill him.

A review of police reports, medical records and witness interviews by Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein concluded that there were no blows or punches thrown and that Cable didn’t make any verbal threats toward Hanson. No criminal charges were filed against Cable.

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