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Raiders cut Tom Cable loose

Tom Cable

Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable walks the sidelines as his team is losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 35-3.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Four years ago, Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders would fire coach Art Shell. The Raiders loudly denied the report, calling Schefter a “false rumor monger.”

And then they fired Art Shell.

This time around, Schefter reported that the Raiders would not be keeping coach Tom Cable, despite the team’s first non-losing record since 2002. The Raiders said nothing in response.

Now, Schefter reports that the Raiders have informed Cable that the option on his contract will not be exercised.

As a result, Cable is no longer the coach of the Raiders.

Speculation has centered on offensive coordinator Hue Jackson being promoted into the job.

The Raiders’ 8-8 finish in 2010 arose in large part from a 6-0 record against AFC West teams. But as NBC’s Rodney Harrison explained it during our weekly video segment, there was a sense that Cable didn’t exert enough discipline over the younger players on the team.

UPDATE: The Raiders have announced the move, explaining that Cable was informed of the decision not to pick up his option on Tuesday.