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Thomas Lee "Tom" Cable, Jr. (born November 26, 1964) is an Americanmarker football coach, currently the head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

Early life

Cable was born in Mercedmarker, Californiamarker. He played high school football in Snohomishmarker, Washingtonmarker, northeast of Seattlemarker. He graduated from Snohomish High School in 1982 and accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Idahomarker from first-time head coach Dennis Erickson, originally from Everettmarker in Snohomish Countymarker.

Playing career

Cable played on the offensive line for the Idaho Vandals for head coaches Dennis Erickson and Keith Gilbertson, blocking for quarterback Scott Linehan. He was a member of the 1987 Indianapolis Colts strike replacement team. He did not play in the two games he was on the team's active roster.

Coaching career


Tom Cable then embarked on a career as a college football coach. He was a graduate assistant for three years and an assistant coach for a decade, ascending to offensive coordinator at Colorado in 1999. He became the head coach at his alma mater the following season in 2000, succeeding fellow alumnus Chris Tormey, who had departed for Nevada after five seasons. At Idaho, Cable's first year was his best, compiling a 5-6 record. He managed only six victories in the next three seasons, resulting in a disappointing record of 11-35 (.239), in four losing seasons. Following the 2003 season, Cable became the first Vandal head football coach fired in 22 years; his four predecessors had all achieved success in Moscowmarker and moved on. Cable then became the offensive coordinator at UCLA under head coach Karl Dorrell, a former colleague at Colorado, for two seasons (2004-05).


Cable entered the professional ranks as a coach in 2006 as the offensive line coach for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, under head coach Jim Mora. Mora was dismissed at the end of the season and Cable moved on to the Oakland Raiders as offensive line coach for the 2007 season, under first year head coach Lane Kiffin. Four games into the 2008 season, Kiffin was fired by owner Al Davis and Cable was named the interim head coach. The Raiders finished the 2008 season with a 4-8 record under Cable.

On February 4, 2009, Cable was officially introduced as the Raiders new head coach. Davis had made his decision nearly a week before, but did not want to interfere with the Super Bowl. Davis also gave Cable time off prior to that due to the death of Cable's father.

Personal life

Cable has three children: Amanda, Alexander, and Zachary.

Incidents of misconduct

On August 17, 2009, ESPN reported that Cable was accused of punching assistant coach Randy Hanson in the face and fracturing his jaw. The incident allegedly took place on August 5th during the Raiders training camp, held in Napamarker. On October 22, 2009, the Napa district attorney announced that no charges would be filed against Cable.

On November 1, 2009, the ESPN show Outside the Lines reported that Cable was accused of physical abuse against two ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend.

Coaching Tree

NFL head coaches under whom Tom Cable has served:

Assistant coaches under Tom Cable who became NFL head coaches:


Head coaching record



Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OAK 2008 4 8 0 .333 3rd in AFC West - - - -
OAK 2009 3 8 0 .272 - - - -
OAK Total 7 16 0 .304 - - - -
Total 7 16 0 .304 - - - -


  1. College Football Data - Tom Cable - head coaching record - accessed 2009-10-09
  2. Raiders reward Cable with top job
  5. Tom Cable Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -

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