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Posted at 8:29 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Raiders part with Tom Cable and Jim Harbaugh's name comes up

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 12:37 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders parted with Tom Cable on Tuesday, which means that there suddenly are two NFL coaching vacancies in the Bay Area.

And, coincidentally and conveniently, the hottest name in coaching right now is just next door at Stanford.

Jim Harbaugh has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Mike Singletary with the San Francisco 49ers, who promoted Trent Baalke to general manager. (The Niners are expected to interview Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson today.)

And Harbaugh's name has surfaced as a replacement for Cable, which may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. If Harbaugh wants to jump to the NFL without relocating to, say, South Florida, Oakland is as conveniently located as San Francisco. And it isn't as if Harbaugh is unacquainted with Raiders owner Al Davis; he was an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach from 2002-03.

Although Cable led the Raiders to their first non-losing season since winning the 2002 AFC title, the Raiders opted not to exercise a two-year, $5 million option on Cable. The team's next coach will be its sixth since Jon Gruden left after the 2001 season.

"It was obviously a huge surprise with the progress we made from last year to this year, but I guess the owner made a decision for his reasons," left guard Robert Gallery said. "Our locker room is definitely behind Coach Cable.

"This is going to hit 99 percent of the locker room really hard, because people respected how he dealt with us and where we were headed. It's definitely a step back from what we've done going forward the last year or two."

What's the best option for Harbaugh: Stanford, Michigan, the 49ers or Raiders? Dave Brandon, Michigan athletic director, said: "I personally believe Jim Harbaugh is headed to the NFL."

By Cindy Boren  | January 5, 2011; 8:29 AM ET
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I don't have a dog in this hunt, but I hope Jason Campbell doesn't have to go through yet another offensive makeover/coordinator. For his sake I hope that Hue Jackson gets the job as HC so, for once, the kid has some continuity.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | January 5, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I think way too much focus is being put on Jim Harbaugh wanting to "stay in his house".

He will move to Canada if it gives him the best opportunity. The Raiders? No - Al is a psycho that Harbaugh got to observe up close and personal. The 49rs? Not likely. Charlotte with the first pick and chance to bring along his QB? Maybe. Michigan? Absolutely. The Cowboys? If offered, you Betcha"!

Posted by: KDSmallJr | January 5, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Jim Harbaugh is a Stanford class act. To consider the Oakland Raiders as opposed to the San Francisco 49's in the bay area would be equivalent to having aspirations of coaching the San Quentin's inmates.

Posted by: jpswain | January 5, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, just when you think Dan Snyder has a hammerlock on the "worst owner in sports" title, you get a reminder that Al Davis is out there. Danny must be so relieved.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 5, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

6 head coaches in 10 years.You barely get a chance to stay there to accomplish anything. Anyone who takes this job is "Dead Man Walking" off the jump.

Posted by: bigd57 | January 5, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I been a RAIDERS fan for a very long time (1968) I just wonder WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!!!!!!!!!!! COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? No one can explain this. I was really mad when we let Marcus Allen go now we let Cable go. I thought we are trying to win. This move is the worst move made in football in the last decade. WHAT ARE WE DOING AL

Posted by: walkerj83 | January 6, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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