Raiders Knee Jerk Reactions: Is Tom Cable ‘Assistant of the Year’?

The Las Vegas Raiders got their third straight win against Denver on Sunday in blowout fashion. This win put the Silver and Black at 6-3 this season.

O-Line coach Tom Cable for Assistant of the Year

Remember a couple of years ago when everyone said that Cable was a terrible offensive line coach? Come on, admit it, we were all calling for his head back in 2018. All doubts about Cable’s coaching abilities have been put to rest this season and his work in Week 10 is a great example of why.

The Raiders were playing with three backup offensive linemen the entire game. Also, one of those backups, tackle Sam Young, left the game with injury. Despite all the at, they still dominated the Denver defensive line at the point of attack all game long.

Even at the end, when everyone on Earth knew the Raiders were running, the Broncos were still helpless. The Raiders have won the last three games relying heavily on the run, despite a depleted line, credit has to go to the coaches starting with Cable.

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The Raiders defense is turning the corner

We’re shocked by this, like totally shocked and you should too if you have seen the Raiders’ defense performance in recent years. The unit looked genuinely good in Week 11.  Having cornerback Damon Arnette back definitely helped a lot. Also, giving more playing time to safety Jeff Heath on defense is clearly paying off.

The defense has been significantly better over the last three weeks. Having a healthy Kwiatkoski is likely a big factor as well. We may be witnessing a Raiders defensive revival.

Did Nicholas Morrow just take Cory Littleton’s Job?

Maybe. Getting people healthy has certainly helped the defense,  but there also may have been some addition by subtraction. Corey Littleton being out thrust Nick Morrow into a much larger role. He handled it very well. Against the Broncos, the Greenville standout had five tackles, a sack, defended two passes, and forced a fumble.

That is a far more productive game than anything we’ve seen from Littleton this year. Unfortunately, Littleton will likely get his job back when he returns due to the sunk cost fallacy.

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