Tom Cable
Tom Cable
Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach Tom Cable
Date of birth November 26 1964 (1964-11-26) (age 55)
Place of birth Merced, California, U.S.
No. N/A
College Idaho
High school Snohomish High School, Snohomish, WA
Career highlights
Coaching Record / Statistics
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Career player statistics (if any)
NFL coachig record / Win Pct.     17-27 (.386)
NCAA coaching record     11-35
NCAA Win Pct.     (.239)
Playing stats
Team(s) as a player (if any)
Indianapolis Colts
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)












Graduate assistant coach

San Diego State
Grauduate assistant

Cal State Fullerton
Defensive line coach

Nevada–Las Vegas
Offensive line coach

Offensive line coach

Offensive line coach

Offensive coordinator

Head Coach

Offensive coordinator

Atlanta Falcons (NFL)
Offensive line coach

Oakland Raiders (NFL)
Offensive line coach

Oakland Raiders (NFL)
Head coach

Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Asst. Head Coach & Offensive line coach

Thomas Lee "Tom" Cable, Jr. (born November 26, 1964) is the offensive line coach and assistant head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at University of Idaho and was on the replacement team for the Indianapolis Colts during the 1987 NFL players' strike. After being an assistant coach for several college football teams, as well as head coach at Idaho, Cable became an offensive line coordinator for the Oakland Raiders NFL team and served as head coach for the Raiders from 2008 to 2010.

Early lifeEdit

Cable was born in Merced, California. He played high school football in Snohomish, Washington a suburban town, northeast of Seattle. Cable graduated from Snohomish Senior High School in 1982 and accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Idaho from first-time head coach Dennis Erickson.

Playing careerEdit

Cable played on the offensive line for the Idaho Vandals for head coaches Dennis Erickson and Keith Gilbertson, blocking for quarterback Scott Linehan. Idaho won the Big Sky title in 1985 and advanced to the Division I-AA playoffs in 1985 and 1986. He was a member of the 1987 Indianapolis Colts strike replacement team, but did not play in the two games he was on the team's active roster.

Coaching careerEdit


Cable then embarked on a career as a college football coach. He was a graduate assistant for three years and an assistant coach for a decade, ascending to offensive coordinator at Colorado in 1999. On December 13,1999, he became the head coach at his alma mater, with a three-year contract at $170,000 per year ($120,000 base and $50,000 media bonus) plus $30,000 in incentives.[1] He succeeded fellow alumnus Chris Tormey, who had departed earlier in the month after five seasons for Nevada. At Idaho, Cable's first year in 2000 was his best, with a 5-6 record. He managed only six victories in the next three seasons, resulting in a disappointing record of 11-35 (.239), in four losing seasons.[2] Following the 2003 season, Cable became the first Vandal head football coach fired in 22 years; his four predecessors had all achieved success in Moscow and moved on. Cable then became the offensive coordinator at UCLA for two seasons (2004-05) under head coach Karl Dorrell, a former colleague at Colorado.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Cable entered the professional ranks as a coach in 2006 as the offensive line coach for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, under head coach Jim Mora. Mora was dismissed at the end of the season and Cable moved on.

Oakland RaidersEdit

He joined the Oakland Raiders as offensive line coach for the 2007 season, under first year head coach Lane Kiffin. Four games into the 2008 season, Kiffin was fired by owner Al Davis and Cable was named the interim head coach. The Raiders finished the 2008 season with a 4-8 record under Cable.

On February 4, 2009, Cable was officially introduced as the Raiders new head coach. Davis had made his decision nearly a week before, but did not want to interfere with the Super Bowl. Davis also gave Cable time off prior to that due to the death of Cable's father.[3] On January 4, 2011, Raiders' owner Al Davis informed Cable that his contract would not be renewed, ending his tenure with the organization. During his time as head coach, Cable had a 17-27 record, including a record of 8-8 in his final season. The offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson succeeded him as head coach.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

Two weeks later on January 18, 2011, Cable was hired by the Seattle Seahawks as offensive line coach and assistant head coach, under head coach Pete Carroll. He was fired by the Seattle Seahawks January 10, 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Cable is married with four children: Amanda, Alexander, Zachary, and Ryan. Cable's third cousin is Canadian sportscaster Cam Stewart.

Alleged misconductEdit

On August 17, 2009, ESPN reported that Cable was accused of pushing an assistant coach and fracturing his jaw. The incident allegedly took place on August 5 during the Raiders training camp, held in Napa, California. On October 22, 2009, the Napa district attorney announced that no charges would be filed against Cable.[4]

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom Tom Cable has served:

Assistant coaches under Tom Cable who became NFL head coaches:

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Idaho Vandals (Big West Conference) (2000)
2000 Idaho 5–6 3–2 3rd
Idaho Vandals (Sun Belt Conference) (2001–2003)
2001 Idaho 1–10 1–5 7th
2002 Idaho 2–10 1–5 7th
2003 Idaho 3–9 3–4 6th
Idaho: 11–35 8–16
Total: 11–35


Team Year Regular season Post season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OAK2008 480.333 3rd in AFC West - - - -
OAK2009 5110.3123rd in AFC West - - - -
OAK2010 880.5003rd in AFC West - - - -
OAK Total17270.386 - - - -
Total[5]17270.386 - - - -


  1. Spokesman-Review - Cable sends a message - 1999-12-15 - p.C1
  2. College Football Data - Tom Cable - head coaching record - accessed 2009-10-09
  3. Raiders reward Cable with top job
  5. Tom Cable Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -

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