The NFL coaching carousel will begin to turn after the final regular season games are played on Sunday. NFL Network’s Michael Silver is reporting that the Colts may consider hiring Tom Cable as their next head coach.
Tom Cable worked in college football as an assistant coach from 1987-1999 before accepting the head coaching job at Idaho in 2000. He became UCLA’s offensive coordinator in 2004 before getting his first job in the NFL as Atlanta’s offensive line coach in 2006.
He went to Oakland to coach the offensive line in 2007, and he was promoted to his first NFL head coaching job with the Raiders in 2008. He went 17-27 as Oakland’s head coach, and was fired after going 8-8 in the 2010 season.
Cable has been an assistant head coach/offensive line coach in Seattle since 2011, and he may get his second chance at succeeding as an NFL head coach.
Tom Cable’s Fit in Indianapolis
Tom Cable seems to be a coach in a similar mold as Chuck Pagano. An old school “football guy” with a bit of a disciplinarian attitude, and he’ll likely run a fairly antiquated offense if he gets the job in Indianapolis.
Hiring Tom Cable wouldn’t make the Colts’ fanbase jump for joy. However, he may have been able to find success in his first head coaching stint in Oakland had he been given a bit more time.
Overall, I don’t think Tom Cable should be a coach that the Colts’ front office targets this offseason.
Here are some other coaches that could (or should) be in consideration if Chuck Pagano is fired:
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