Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Michael Smith's report that Al Davis had decided to make interim coach Tom Cable the head coach is no surprise.
Who else really was in the mix? All signs have pointed to Cable since he finished the 2008 season 4-8 as the interim replacement to the fired Lane Kiffin.
I reserve the right to analyze this hire until the team makes it official. The team is denying that it is official. The Raiders have shown nothing is official until it's official over the years.
But the idea of Cable getting the job isn't farfetched. It's been expected for weeks.
There were just two other candidates reportedly interviewed, Kevin Gilbride and Winston Moss. But Cable has had all the momentum.
Cable has been part of the interview process and he represented the team at the Senior Bowl last week. He has support of several players and he knows the team well.
At this point, it would be an upset if anyone else is coaching the Raiders in 2009. Still, until the Raiders make it official, it is not official.