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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Raiders finally made a coaching decision, bringing Mike Waufle back as defensive line coach.
The move announced Friday comes as head coach Tom Cable’s status remains in limbo nearly three weeks after the end of the regular season.
Waufle was an assistant in Oakland from 1998-2003, helping the Raiders go to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season. He spent the past six seasons with the New York Giants. He coached the defensive line that was key to New York’s Super Bowl victory over New England two years ago. Waufle was fired earlier this month.
While owner Al Davis has not decided whether to bring Cable back next season, the news release announcing Waufle’s hiring pointed out that Waufle and Cable worked together for six years at California.
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Tom Cable’s status as Oakland Raiders head coach is still in limbo almost three weeks after the end of the regular season.
Cable has been talking with owner Al Davis about his job since the season ended Jan. 3. Cable went 5-11 in his first full season as Raiders coach.
“It’s still a fluid deal,” senior executive John Herrera said Friday. “The assumption is they will continue to meet on the agenda in front of us until it comes to a resolution.”
Cable is 9-19 since replacing Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season, leading the Raiders to their NFL-worst seventh straight season with at least 11 losses.
Davis has also been talking to potential assistant coaches while weighing Cable’s fate. He met this week with Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson and former New York Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle.
ESPN.com reported Friday that Waufle will return to the Raiders as defensive line coach. He coached with the Raiders from 1998-2003. Jackson and Waufle worked on the staff at California with Cable in the 1990s.
Herrera denied reports in the Carroll County Times and the Baltimore Sun that Jackson was also interviewing for the head coaching job.
“That’s not the case,” he said. “We’re not interviewing any head coaching candidates while Mr. Davis still talks to our head coach about the job. Those reports are untrue.”
Jackson played a key role in developing Joe Flacco in Baltimore. He also coached Carson Palmer at Southern California. That experience could make him attractive to the Raiders, who are waiting for former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell to become a legitimate NFL quarterback.
Russell was benched midway through his third season by Cable. He completed 48.8 percent of his passes, with three touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 50.0 passer rating that was the lowest in the NFL in 11 years.