Kurtenbach: Jon Gruden hiring Tom Cable raises serious concerns


FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) speaks with head coach Pete Carroll, right, and assistant head coach Tom Cable during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not properly following concussion protocol with Wilson during this game in November. The NFL and NFLPA announced their decision Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, following an investigation that lasted more than a month.. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

The Raiders have reportedly re-hired Tom Cable as the team’s offensive line coach, and while normally the hiring of an offensive line coach would not make waves, this one deserves serious scrutiny.

Not because of Cable and the Raiders’ history — I don’t care about that — but because of the work Cable has done since being fired as the Raiders’ head coach at the end of the 2010 season.Related Articles

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This hire should concern Raiders fans.

It makes all the sense in the world that Jon Gruden, the Raiders’ new head coach, would hire Cable as his offensive line coach. He has a strong Raiders’ history, he’s a big name, and he can install a zone blocking scheme for Gruden’s West Coast Offense.

And that last point is the one Raiders fans should worry about.

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Cable is one of the leading proponents of zone blocking, and the Seahawks found tremendous success but also extreme failure with it in Cable’s seven-year run as Seattle’s offensive line coach.

Much of that had to do with personnel — Cable inherited a solid offensive line in his early years in Seattle and it (and some solid …read more

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