Raiders managing general partner Al Davis has yet to weigh in on whether he intends to bring back coach Tom Cable for a fourth season. It would be an easy call for Davis if he based it on player sentiment.

The handful of players interviewed Monday unanimously voiced support for the coach who has guided the Raiders to a 7-8 record this season, the most victories for an Oakland team since 2002.

"It would be a huge setback" if Cable isn't brought back, punter Shane Lechler said. "We've invested so much of our time and there's been so much commitment starting from the day he took over. Not only this year. He had a plan. The plan is working.

"It would be a terrible disappointment if there was a change, because he's the guy for this job. This job is for a blue-collar, hard-nosed coach. That's what we need."

Lechler speaks from experience. He has played for six coaches and lived through five coaching changes since he joined the Raiders in 2000 out of Texas A&M.

New coaches promise change, Lechler said, without any guarantees. The Raiders know what they have in Cable, and it's worth building upon.

"You can't have a flashy guy come in," Lechler said. "I've heard it too many times. Every coach comes in, 'Oh, I'm going to fix this. I'm going to turn this thing around.' (B.S.). You can't say that every time, because people start calling your bluff."

The Raiders went 4-8 under Cable in 2008, when he replaced the fired Lane Kiffin four games into the season. They posted a 5-11 mark last season and already have won two more games than they did in any of the previous seven seasons.

The Raiders hold an option on Cable's contract. Davis has a short window once the season ends to exercise that option. If he lets that time period pass, Cable is free to seek employment elsewhere.

"I got no problem with Cabes," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "Cabes is a good coach. "... He a straight shooter. Every year he's been the coach, we've done a little better, so you can see progress. It's just that everything depends on (Davis). How he sees it through his own eyes, nobody knows that. Al D., he knows who he wants and he's going to bring back who he wants."

Cable said he isn't worried about his job security right now. That time will come after the Raiders' season ends Sunday in Kansas City.

"I haven't even thought about it yet because of what we've been trying to do here in the last month," Cable said. "It's really been probably the furthest thing from my mind. As we get done with the season, we'll have a two- or three-week period there when it will be time for all that."

Just the same, Cable said, he is confident that what he has accomplished with the Raiders speaks for itself. A meeting with Davis will take place soon after the season ends.

"I'm good at what I do," Cable said. "So, I'm going to coach football. That's just what I do. In terms of being here and all that, I know that I want to coach this football team. But that's for after the season, in terms of how it's discussed and when it's discussed."

  • Pro Bowl selections will be announced today (NFL Network, 4 p.m.), and several Raiders are in contention for spots on the team. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha led the fan portion of the voting process and is expected to earn his third straight selection. Lechler is a strong candidate to receive his fourth straight selection, and sixth overall. Other legitimate candidates include kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has a league-high 135 points; running back Darren McFadden, who is fourth in the league in combined yards rushing and receiving (1,664); Kelly, who leads AFC defensive tackles in sacks (7): Jacoby Ford, who has returned three kickoffs for touchdown; and special teams player Rock Cartwright. Asomugha, Lechler and long-snapper Jon Condo were the Raiders representatives last season.

  • Janikowski set a franchise record for most points scored in a season (135) with the 14 he scored against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He had four field goals and two extra points in the 31-26 loss. He broke the mark set by kicker Jeff Jaeger (132) in 1993. Janikowski's previous best was 128 (2002).

  • The Raiders are 76 yards shy of setting the franchise record for penalty yards in a season. They are at a league-high 1,199 through 15 games. The 1969 Raiders amassed 1,274 penalty yards in a 14-game season. The Raiders are seventh in league history for yards penalized in one season. The Chiefs set the mark in 1998, when they racked up 1,304 penalty yards. In a strange twist, Oakland's opponents have committed 1,122 yards worth of penalties against the Raiders. That figure is 108 yards higher than the Tennessee Titans' runner-up total.

    SUNdAY'S game
    Raiders (7-8) at Kansas City (10-5),
    10 a.m., CBS