Raiders managing general partner Al Davis needed only two days after the season ended to decide that he didn't want Tom Cable back as coach. History suggests that Davis is going to take far longer before he chooses a replacement.
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is the logical candidate to become the 17th coach -- Art Shell had two stints -- in the team's 51-year existence. However, he has not interviewed for the job yet, and no interview is scheduled.
Jackson interviewed for the 49ers head coach vacancy Wednesday. He made a "strong impression," according to an NFL.com report, but wasn't offered the job. His chances no doubt increase if Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh goes back to The Farm or bolts for the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos or some other team with millions to gamble on someone without NFL experience as a head coach.
Yet, even the prospect of Jackson going to the 49ers might not be enough to spur Davis into action any sooner than he intends, assuming reports are accurate about Jackson being in Davis' sights.
In 2002, Davis traded coach Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two first-round and two second-round draft picks, as well as $8 million. Then-offensive coordinator Bill Callahan became the logical candidate to succeed Gruden.
Callahan learned, as Jackson certainly is in the process of discovering, that Davis is beholden to no one else's timetable. Davis routinely is the last one
Before hiring Callahan almost nine years ago, Davis anointed him "captain of the coaches," stepped back and watched Callahan function as the de facto coach.
Callahan assumed he would be the coach, hoped he would be the coach, but he received no word for 22 days before Davis finally confirmed Callahan's promotion.
Jackson would do well to follow Callahan's lead in how to behave in the coming days, weeks and, perhaps, months.
Davis will be watching and listening to see how Jackson conducts himself around the Raiders' year-round facility. It's not a coincidence that Jackson hasn't been quoted in any print or broadcast reports this week.
Do the right things, say the proper things and act as if you're the coach. Davis will decide in due time whether it's good enough.
Jackson remains under contract with the Raiders, and he isn't allowed to leave without the Raiders' blessing unless it's for a head coaching job.
Cable replaced Lane Kiffin four games into the 2008 season and finished that season as the interim coach. He carried on as if he were the coach for more than five weeks before Davis made it official Feb. 5.
Note: Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour will not participate in the Pro Bowl because of a lingering hamstring injury. He was replaced by the Buffalo Bills' Kyle Williams on the AFC roster. Seymour was voted in as a backup.