Estranged Raiders Coach Randy Hanson gives an extremely detailed, full accounting of his relationship with head coach Tom Cable and owner Al Davis to Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports. Hanson also provides his version of a confrontation with Cable that may have led to his jaw being broken.
(Silver reports Cable may be looking for plea bargain to avoid jail)
In Hanson’s version of the events, Cable comes off as a paranoid maniac who devoted his life to belittling Hanson - who the head coach viewed as a snitch for Owner Al Davis. (Hanson was hired by Davis before Cable was named head coach.)
The critical matter at hand of course is if Hanson was actually violently assaulted by Davis in front of three Raider assistant coaches. Hanson provides the same deposition to Silver as he made to Napa police.
“From my blindside, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon,” Hanson told Yahoo! Sports Friday during an extensive interview at a Bay Area restaurant. “He was screaming, ‘I’ll f——- kill you! I’ll f——- kill you!’ And I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t have killed me if they hadn’t pulled him away. If my head would’ve hit a different way, I might be dead right now.”
Cable has denied causing Hanson’s injuries, though Silver reports Cable “could be seeking a plea deal that might allow him to avoid jail time.”
That’s the first I’ve heard of that, did Silver perhaps bury the lede in the piece?
Reading through Silver’s account of Hanson’s career and time with the Raiders, I’m a little dubious of every single detail painting Hanson in such a favorable light. I highly doubt that Cable is as much of a madman as Hanson portrays him.
But the head coach could very well have snapped and attacked Hanson, that would surprise no one.
One thing that’s clear to me in reading Silver’s piece is that Hanson is doing all he can to try to position himself to get back in coaching, be it with the Raiders or other NFL teams. The entire story from Hanson reads almost like a cover letter and resume - as to indicate that he really is a good coach and a team player.
I doubt seriously though that Cable would have had such a violent reaction if Hanson’s methods and reputation were exactly as portrayed in Silver’s piece. I could be wrong, but that’s my feel for this whole sordid, pathetic situation.
A situation I might add that was brought on by Davis insisting on not allowed his head coach to hire all his own assistants.