SANTA CLARA—Following the dismissal of Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after a 2-14 record, the SF 49ers CEO Jed York interviewed Tom Cable, the offensive line and assistant coach for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, January 15.
Cable, 52, is the last of seven candidates for the open head coach position. Officials have already interviewed Anthony Lynn (Buffalo Bills), Kyle Shanahan (Atlanta Falcons), Josh McDaniels (New England Patriots), Sean McDermott (Carolina Panthers), Vance Joseph (Miami Dolphins) and Sean McVay (Washington Redskins).
A native of Merced, Cable played football for the University of Idaho and played one season with the Indianapolis Colts before commencing his career as a coach. With 10 years of coaching experience in the NFL, he began his career with the Seahawks in 2011 following his dismissal from the Oakland Raiders, for whom he was ranked the 17th head coach in 2009.
Though he led the Raiders to an 8-8 record (their best in eight years) in 2008, he was fired after two seasons with a record of a 17-27 record. Cable was facing accusations of physical abuse, when ESPN reported in 2009 that an ex-wife and ex-girlfriend reported that they had been abused by Cable.
“Cable has avoided off-the-field issues since joining Seattle in 2011 and is regarded as one of the NFL’s best offensive line coaches,” stated MSN Sports.
During Cable’s career as an offensive line coach, the Seahawks have won two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl. The 49ers shared on their website that “Cable’s offensive line helped former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch amass 5,357 rushing yards and 48 rushing touchdowns from 2011-14.”