Raiders part with Tom Cable and Jim Harbaugh's name comes up
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."
| January 5, 2011; 8:29 AM ET
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