Reports Have Cable Returning as Raiders Coach

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

NFL odds have Tom Cable returning as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

ESPN has reported that owner Al Davis is going to bring back Cable for the 2010 season.  Next NFL betting lines season will mark the last year of Cable’s contract.

NFL odds have seen the Raiders as underdogs a lot in recent seasons.  Cable has had his moments and is popular with the players but the Raiders still have a lot of problems.  Part of the reason that Cable could be coming back is that very few people want to coach the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis is thought of around NFL odds as the worst owner in the league and many people do not want to work for him. 

It has been an NFL odds off-season where a lot of coaches have held on to their jobs.  Wade Phillips is back with Dallas, Norv Turner is returning to San Diego, Eric Mangini to Cleveland and Jack Del Rio to Jacksonville. Many who wager on NFL betting lines thought many of these coaches would be gone.

Another factor that is helping Cable is that the NFL is headed for a probable lockout in the 2011 NFL odds year.  The owners have said that they are preparing to lock out the players if a new agreement is not reached.  That uncertainty has helped a number of coaches who otherwise might be looking for work.

Oakland was 5-11 this past season straight up and 8-8 against the NFL odds.  It was not a hopeless season for the Raiders after they finally decided to bench JaMarcus Russell at quarterback.  Owner Al Davis has been a staunch supported of Russell but he is about the only one in the league that hasn’t realized Russell is never going to be a good quarterback. The Raiders were actually competitive when Bruce Gradkowski took over at quarterback.  Gradkowski was injured late in the NFL betting lines year and the Raiders struggled with Russell and Charlie Frye at quarterback.  The Raiders could be in the market for a quarterback again but Davis still has belief in Russell.  Head coach Tom Cable does not though so it is unlikely Russell will be impacting NFL betting lines anytime soon.  The Raiders were next to last in the league this season in points scored as NFL odds stats showed.

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