The NFL's so-called "Black Monday" came and went with Tom Cable still the Raiders coach.

Cable said Monday that he met with managing general partner Al Davis in the morning to discuss the evaluation process for the squad and coaching staff and expected to talk with him again next week.

Whether Cable remains the Raiders coach only Davis knows for sure — assuming he's made a decision.

The Raiders never have done their dirty work the day after the end of the regular season, as the Washington Redskins did on Monday when they fired Jim Zorn.

So Cable did what Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Jon Gruden, Joe Bugel and Mike White did and met with the media to talk about the future. Those coaches discovered within varying degrees of time the future would be entrusted to someone else.

Lane Kiffin was spared only because he was fired after the fourth game of his second season.

Cable, in the wake of a 21-13 season-ending loss to the Baltimore Ravens and a 5-11 record, will press on until told otherwise.

"All I know is I have a contract right now," Cable said. "Whether or not that's honored is not up to me. I'm a ball coach. I'm a damned good football coach, so things will work out. They always do."

The quickest Davis firing was White, who got the news Christmas Eve, two days after the 1996 regular-season finale. Callahan lasted three days, Turner four and Shell six.

Bugel wasn't fired for 16 days after the 1997 regular-season finale, and Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a month after the 13-10 "Tuck Rule" playoff loss to New England in January 2002.

Cable believes the Raiders met the challenge competitively over the final seven games of the season and said, "The next step for this organization is not just to compete and be in (the games), but to win them and get over the hump."

Many players had already cleared out of the locker room by the time the media were allowed in, but support for Cable was apparent, as it was after the loss to the Ravens.

"To be a head coach and come in this league and only get one year, one shot, it's tough," quarterback Bruce Gradkowski said. "The good teams in this league, their coaches have been there for a while with the same players and got to work together."

For the second straight December, the Raiders played some of their best football — something that often wasn't apparent under previous coaches.

"All year I think guys kind of rallied around him and played hard for him and put all our good effort on the field for him," tight end Zach Miller said.

Said left guard Robert Gallery: "I think you know when people are giving you the company line and I think you know when people are serious and say it from the heart. I think people truly believe in him."

Gallery, like cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, said that while he didn't know if it was his place to seek out Davis, he would support Cable if asked his opinion.

Players said they appreciated the way Cable weathered controversies such as being accused of breaking the jaw of assistant coach Randy Hanson (no charges were filed) and an ESPN story containing allegations of domestic abuse.

Cable also benched multimillion-dollar quarterback JaMarcus Russell and weathered some big losses without losing the team.

Despite the improvement in play after Russell was benched, the Raiders were outscored by 182 points — an 11.4 per game deficit that is the second highest in franchise history.

"I'm the master," Cable said. "Any of you got problems, call me."

  • As head coach, offensive coordinator, play-caller and also working closely with the offensive line, Cable conceded he may have been stretched too thin and sounded agreeable to delegating some of those duties.

  • Russell and defensive end Richard Seymour were not present at the final meeting of the season, Cable said. Both were excused for personal reasons.

  • Gallery is recovering from surgery to widen an area of the spine, fuse three vertebrae and clean out calcium deposits. He said doctors have cleared him to play and that his rehabilitation time is "three to four months."

  • Gradkowski, a restricted free agent, said "worst-case scenario, it should be a competition for the starting job."

  • Quarterback Charlie Frye underwent an MRI to determine the extent of his back injury, which forced him to come out of the Ravens game at halftime. The results weren't announced.