(The Spread) - In news that should surprise no one, Oakland Raiders head coach Al Davis is ready to make a coaching change.
The Raiders informed Tom Cable on Tuesday night that they will not pick up his $2.5 million option to return as had coach in 2011. There are reports that Davis was reportedly unhappy with Cable for not playing rookie guard Bruce Campbell and running back Darren McFadden in the Week 17 finale (a game that Oakland won anyway).
With Cable out of the way, Davis will promote offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to head coach. Jackson oversaw the offense’s dramatic improvement from 4,258 yards in 2009 to 5,674 yards in 2010. He’s interviewed for other head coaching positions before, although this will be his first opportunity, assuming that the deal becomes official later this week.
Davis loves offense, so it’s not surprising that Jackson was promoted. But that doesn’t change the fact that Cable probably deserved another shot. The Raiders went 6-0 against the rest of the AFC West this year and over the past couple of seasons, Cable has managed to transform Oakland from a doormat in the division to a contender. He won’t have trouble finding work elsewhere.