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."
Raiders (7-8) at Kansas City (10-5),
10 a.m., CBS