Report: Raiders plot future minus Cable

Tom Cable’s strategy of not talking about it and hoping it would go away doesn’t look like it’s going to pan out.

Multiple reports indicate that the law and the league may be coming for the Oakland Raiders head coach, and soon. Cable remains under scrutiny for an alleged assault of assistant coach Randy Hanson at the team’s training camp facility two months ago. Hanson claims he suffered a broken jaw in the attack, and met with Napa, Calif., police less than two weeks ago.

Now, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has said that commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with Cable on the issue, soon, perhaps when the Raiders travel to play the New York Giants this week. Worse, police may be ready to finally move on the case themselves. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that internally the Raiders coaches are discussing who will take over when Cable is away, suggesting they believe he will be suspended or led away in handcuffs in the near future.

“Everybody is trying to figure out who’s going to take over if Tom isn’t here,” an anonymous member of the Raiders staff told Cole. “John Marshall has a lot of experience, he’s probably the guy. But it’s nuts. It’s crazy when you start to really think about it.”

Cable continues to say nothing.

“I don't know anything about that development,’’ he told reporters in response to a question about meeting with Goodell following the latest loss for Oakland, a 29-6 beating at Houston.

Cable denied any wrongdoing when news of the alleged attack came out in late August. He’s said virtually nothing about it since, and owner Al Davis seemed to distance himself from the situation during the Richard Seymour press conference. Davis used Hanson as a star witness in his case against ex-Raiders coach Lane Kiffin. Davis refused to return Hanson to his role as an assistant coach with the team following the Aug. 5 incident at training camp, but he reportedly is still receiving his salary. All the while, Hanson has plotted his next move with his San Francisco-based attorney John McGuinn.

Goodell can wait for the police to make a move himself, or after speaking with Cable he could take action against the coach for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, one that holds non-players even more accountable for their actions.

Stay tuned.

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