The Lions have expressed interest in Seahawks assistant coach Tom Cable, according to multiple reports, and has already spoken with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll about him, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press was first to report the interest, and the NFL Network later confirmed it.
“Those in Seattle view Tom Cable as one of their most valuable assistants, if not most valuable,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday evening. “No official request from #Lions on Tom Cable. Those who know him say he’s the most misunderstood person in NFL. Really good teacher”
Detroit is believed to prefer a candidate with head coaching experience, and Cable fits that profile. He coached the Oakland Raiders from 2008-10.
The Raiders went 17-27 in Cable’s three seasons, including 8-8 in his final year. He was burdened with far less talent than what Detroit has now, though, including monster draft bust JaMarcus Russell at quarterback.
He tenure also was beset by controversy. Assistant coach Randy Hanson accused Cable of breaking his jaw during an altercation in a coaches meeting in 2009. Charges were never filed by the Napa County district attorney’s office due to inconsistencies in Hanson’s story that were not corroborated by witnesses.
Cable rose through the NFL ranks as an offensive line coach, first with Atlanta in 2006 and then with Oakland in 2007-08 before earning his promotion.