Tom Cable is on the verge of returning to the Bay Area.
The Oakland Raiders found their next head coach in Jon Gruden, but the National Football League is reportedly investigating how they reached their decision.
The league and the alliance previously declared the Raiders to be in compliance with the rule based on their interviews of Bobby Johnson, their tight ends coach, and Tee Martin, the offensive coordinator of USC.
Davis has not said that Gruden verbally accepted the job, but used the phrase "all in" to describe how Gruden felt about the job.
Cable was elevated to interim head coach for Lane Kiffin four games into the 2008 season.
The Raiders finished 8-8 in Cable's final season.
He followed that feat with the now famous quote, "We're not losers anymore". He spent the past seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as their assistant head coach/offensive line coach before being dismissed this month. He lasted with the Falcons for just one season, as Atlanta head coach Jim Mora Jr. was sacked at the conclusion of that year, leading Cable to move on to the Raiders. He also worked extensively with Marshawn Lynch during the rusher's salad days in Seattle. Cable then led the Raiders in 2009 and 2010, and finished with a 17-27 record before former owner Al Davis elected not to renew Cable's contract.
In November of 2009, ESPN reported two women had accused Cable of physical abuse. One of Cable's accusers sued Cable and named the Raiders as a co-defendant.
Cable earned a strong reputation with the Seahawks after developing late-round picks and converted defensive linemen into starters on the offensive line, garnering a few head-coaching interviews in recent years. Davis docked Cable's pay in relation to that litigation. Cable initially joined the organization as an offensive line coach in 2007.
It also should be noted that former offensive coordinator Todd Downing's scheme was unsuccessful while utilizing zone blocking, that doesn't mean Cable's would be.