Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable, a graduate of Snohomish High School, lobbied for the full-time job Monday, saying that stability at the head-coaching position would help the team get back to the postseason.
“I don’t think there’s any question. In order for it to move forward and be a playoff team next year, which I believe it will be, hopefully things will go in the right direction that way,” Cable said. “I think it’s very important at this point.”
Cable is 3-8 since taking over for the fired Lane Kiffin in late September. If the Raiders (4-11) finish the season with a win Sunday at Tampa Bay, they would end up with their most victories since going 5-11 under Norv Turner in 2004.
Cable will sit down with owner Al Davis after the season to discuss the coaching situation. Cable said he hopes he’s done enough in his short stint to warrant keeping the job.
“This is a dream come true for me,” he said. “I’ve invested a great deal in these last few weeks.”
If the Raiders do hire a new coach, it would be their sixth head coach in seven seasons since going to the Super Bowl in January 2003. Oakland has a 23-72 record since losing that Super Bowl to Tampa Bay, becoming the first team in NFL history to lose at 11 games for six straight seasons.