Raiders to hire Tom Cable as O-line coach

Report Gruden Adds ex Packers Offensive Coordinator to Staff

NBC Sports Bay Area staffReport Gruden adds ex Packers offensive coordinator to staff

The Rooney Rule means teams have to interview at least one minority candidate before making a coaching hire, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Raiders satisfied the requirement by interviewing Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson.

The Fitz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes diversity in National Football League front offices and coaching staffs, asked the National Football League to investigate whether the Raiders reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing minority candidates.

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Tom Cable is on the verge of returning to the Bay Area.

The Raiders finished 8-8 and were 6-0 against the AFC West, a season which prompted Cable to say "We're not losers any more".

Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn't win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons.

Cable, 53, had 17-27 record for the Raiders as head coach. He and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were fired after a disappointing season where the Seahawks missed the postseason.

Cable served as the Raiders' head coach from 2008 through 2010, but his stint was hardly a success. Cable later sued to recover that money.

Cable was also the subject of an ESPN "Outside the Lines" feature where his ex-wife and a former girl-friend accused him of being physically and verbally abusive. Cable was allegedly involved in a 2009 incident where then Raiders assistant Randy Hanson was left with a broken jaw.

At the time, Cable released a statement through his agent that he had "only once touched a woman inappropriately" during his first marriage and there was no discipline by the NFL.

On the field, Gruden will take over for Jack Del Rio after the latter was sacked following a 6-10 season. The Raiders did their best work in 2016 in power and gap schemes as taught by Tice.

It also means a reunion in Oakland between Cable and former Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who returned to play for the Raiders last season at the age of 31 and remains under contract for next season.

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