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Tom Cable

Offensive Line

College: University of Idaho

Hometown: Merced, California

Experience: 15 years

Biography

Tom Cable, now in his second year as the offensive line coach in his return to Oakland, brings 31 years of coaching experience to the post, including 13 seasons in the NFL. Cable previously served as the Raiders offensive line coach from 2007-08 and head coach from 2008-10. 

During his first season back in Oakland, Cable tutored two rookie tackles in first-round selection T Kolton Miller and third-round selection T Brandon Parker. Despite multiple injuries, Miller became the first rookie offensive lineman to start every contest for the Raiders since 2011 and just the 16th Raiders rookie overall to do so since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Parker saw significant playing time in his first year, appearing in 15 contests with 12 consecutive starts to finish his rookie campaign. Additionally, Cable helped produce two Pro Bowl alternates in C Rodney Hudson and G/T Kelechi Osemele.

Behind Cable’s line in 2018, the Raiders connected on 382-of-556 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 68.7, a mark that ranked fifth in the NFL and set a new franchise record. The offensive line helped QB Derek Carr set a franchise record with 332 consecutive pass attempts without an interception in addition to recording career highs in passing yards (4,049), completion percentage (68.9), passes completed (381) and yards per attempt (7.3 avg.). 

From 2011-17, Cable helped the Seattle Seahawks win three NFC West titles, two NFC Championships and the Super Bowl XLVIII title. During his seven seasons as the Seahawks’ assistant head coach/offensive line coach, his line helped Seattle’s running game rank second in the NFL with 131.9 yards per game over that span. 

He saw three players on his line receive a total of five Pro Bowl honors as C Max Unger and T Russell Okung earned selections in 2012 and 2013, with Unger being named first-team All-Pro in 2012 and T Duane Brown earning the honor in 2017. Cable’s line also helped RB Marshawn Lynch earn four consecutive Pro Bowl honors from 2011-14 and first-team All-Pro honors in 2012.

After losing a starting member of his line in the preseason of 2017, Cable guided Brown, who joined Seattle in Week 2, into the starting role and saw him earn a Pro Bowl selection. Under Cable’s direction in 2016, his line helped Seattle average 357.2 yards per game, a figure that ranked 12th in the NFL.

In 2015, Cable helped Seattle’s rush offense finish in the top-five for the fourth consecutive season, ranking third with 141.8 yards per game. Behind Cable’s line, undrafted RB Thomas Rawls had a break out rookie season, highlighted with a 209-yard rushing performance against the San Francisco 49ers, a figure that ranked second among rookies in franchise history.

Cable was the leader of the league’s best rushing attack during Seattle’s run to Super Bowl XLIX in 2014 with a franchise-record 2,762 yards on the ground and saw his unit set the franchise record for rushing yards in a single game with 350 against the New York Giants. Cable’s line helped Lynch total a career-high 17 touchdowns and add 1,306 yards on 280 carries.

In 2013, the Seahawks once again ranked in the top-five in rushing, averaging 136.8 yards per game to rank fourth in the NFL. Cable helped Unger and Okung earn their second straight Pro Bowl nods while helping Lynch to another Pro Bowl season with 1,257 yards on 301 carries and 14 total touchdowns. In Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory, the Seahawks rushing attack gained 135 yards on 29 carries and recorded one touchdown.

Cable’s 2012 line was led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler Unger and Pro Bowler Okung, as they finished the season as the league’s fourth-youngest starting offensive line. Seattle’s rushing attack ranked third in the NFL with 2,579 yards, which was led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler Lynch, who set career highs in carries (315), rushing yards (1,590), average yards per carry (5.0) and yards from scrimmage (1,786). 

Facing injuries to his line in 2011, Cable maintained a solid unit as Seattle’s line paved the way for Lynch’s Pro Bowl season with 285 carries, 1,204 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Before joining the Seahawks, Cable spent four seasons in Oakland from 2007-10. He was named the 17th head coach of the Raiders on February 3, 2009 after serving as the interim head coach for the last 12 games of the 2008 season. He led Oakland to an 8-8 record in 2010, a three-win improvement from the year before, and went 17-27 in his time leading the Silver and Black. 

Cable started his first stint in Oakland as the offensive line coach from 2007-08. The Raiders rushing attack ranked in the top-10 in both years, finishing sixth in 2007 (130.4 yards per game) and 10th in 2008 (124.2).

Cable entered the NFL coaching ranks as an offensive line coach with the Falcons in 2006, where he worked with a unit that saw the Falcons lead the NFL in rushing with 183.7 yards per game.

From 2004-05, Cable was both the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at UCLA. Cable’s offense averaged 410.0 yards per game in his first season and increased to 431.0 in 2005.

He served as the head coach of Idaho from 2000-03, during which time his team averaged 424.1 yards of total offense per game. 

Cable worked with the offensive line at Colorado in 1998 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1999. Under his direction, Colorado ranked 14th in the nation with 424.9 yards per game in 1999.

From 1992-97, Cable served as the offensive line coach at California, where he tutored four first-team All-Pac 10 selections.

Cable was the offensive line coach at UNLV in 1991 after spending the 1990 season working with the defensive line at Cal State Fullerton. Cable had two stints as a graduate assistant, first at Idaho from 1987-88 where he began his coaching career, and then spent the 1989 season at San Diego State.

PERSONAL: Native of Merced, Calif. …Played guard for four years at Idaho and spent one season with the Indianapolis Colts before beginning his coaching career…Cable and his wife, Carol, have five children, Ryan, Amanda, Alex, Zach and Vincent.

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