Cable's status with Raiders still in limbo
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders finally made a coaching decision, bringing Mike Waufle back as defensive line coach on Friday.
The move comes as head coach Tom Cable's status remains in limbo nearly three weeks after the end of the regular season.
Waufle was an assistant in Oakland from 1998-2003, helping the Raiders go to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season. He spent the past six seasons with the New York Giants. He coached the defensive line that was key to New York's Super Bowl victory over New England two years ago. Waufle was fired earlier this month.
While owner Al Davis has not decided whether to bring Cable back next season, the news release announcing Waufle's hiring highlighted his relationship with Cable.
"He and Coach Cable spent six years together at the University of California where they enjoyed working together," the release said.
ESPN.com first reported Waufle's hiring.
Cable has been talking with Davis about his job since the season ended Jan. 3. Cable went 5-11 in his first full season as Raiders coach. He 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.
"It's still a fluid deal," senior executive John Herrera said. "The assumption is they will continue to meet on the agenda in front of us until it comes to a resolution."
Davis has also been talking to potential assistant coaches while weighing Cable's fate. Besides hiring Waufle, Davis has met with Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson this week. Jackson also worked on the staff at California with Cable and Waufle in 1996.
Herrera denied reports in the Carroll County Times and the Baltimore Sun that Jackson was also interviewing for the head coaching job.
"That's not the case," he said. "We're not interviewing any head coaching candidates while Mr. Davis still talks to our head coach about the job. Those reports are untrue."
Jackson played a key role in developing Joe Flacco in Baltimore. He also coached Carson Palmer at Southern California. That experience could make him attractive to the Raiders, who are waiting for former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell to become a legitimate NFL quarterback.
Russell was benched midway through his third season by Cable. He completed 48.8 percent of his passes, with three touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 50.0 passer rating that was the lowest in the NFL in 11 years.
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