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Raiders to hire Cable as offensive line coach

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Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2018, 16:02

That's a line you've already heard this offseason, as Oakland announced that Jon Gruden will lead the Raiders next year after the franchise fired head coach Jack Del Rio following a 6-10 season. Cable's coming back, NFL Network reported Saturday afternoon, as offensive line coach.

"Chucky" indeed has returned to the Bay Area in the form of Jon Gruden, but that definitely wasn't the new Oakland Raiders head coach riding shotgun with an East Bay motorist.

Cable's tenure included allegations of physical abuse. Cable was allegedly involved in a 2009 incident where then Raiders assistant Randy Hanson was left with a broken jaw. Napa police did not press charges. ESPN also aired a report where three women accused Cable of domestic violence. It's also clear that the Raiders got their man in Cable.

In Seattle, Cable reportedly doubled as the Seahawks' running game coordinator. Though Cable uses a zone-blocking scheme that fell out of favor with fans and analysts given the powerful construction of Oakland's offensive line, Cable has been around the league long enough to adapt his schemes to match personnel.

The Raiders' offensive line is considered one of the better units in the AFC, but it took a step back in 2017 after a terrific 2016 season. He finished the season with 891 yards but is not necessarily a lock to return next season.

General manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday at Gruden's introductory news conference two minority candidates, Raiders tight end coach Bobby Johnson and University of Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin, were interviewed.