Cable, Davis meet on future
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable met with owner Al Davis on Thursday to discuss his status with the team.
Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the two men could meet again Friday, and a team official confirmed they would. Cable has been spending the 10 days since the season ended evaluating the team with his assistant coaches.
A final decision on Cable's future likely wasn't to be made Thursday night, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com.
Cable's status is in question after he went 5-11 in his first full season as coach and failed to develop JaMarcus Russell into a legitimate NFL quarterback. Cable is 9-19 since replacing Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season, leading the Raiders to their NFL-worst seventh straight season with at least 11 losses.
Cable has pointed to the team's improvement after Russell's midseason benching as proof that he deserves another year to get the Raiders back to the playoffs.
Cable provided some positives this season by beating playoff teams in Cincinnati and Philadelphia and knocking off contenders Denver and Pittsburgh on the road in December.
He also had solid support from his players, who publicly advocated for him in hopes of maintaining continuity for a franchise that has had five head coaches in the past seven seasons.
Oakland also lost to last-place teams in Kansas City, Washington and Cleveland and scored just 17 touchdowns in 16 games. With Cable serving as head coach and play-caller and overseeing the offensive line, he could have a hard time convincing Davis that he deserves another season.
Information from ESPN.com AFC West blogger Bill Williamson, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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