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Tom Cable

Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

Bio Summary

Cable joined the Seahawks staff on January 18, 2011, after spending four years with the Oakland Raiders, serving the last two-plus years as head coach.



Cable joined the Seahawks staff on January 18, 2011, after spending four years with the Oakland Raiders, serving the last two-plus years as head coach.

In collaboration with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the two spearheaded Seattle’s rushing attack to become the best since the 2011 season. Behind his lines, the Seahawks running game ranks first in the NFL with 13,144 rush yards since 2011, and had a franchise-record 25-game streak of 100-plus rushing yards from 2014-15.

Seattle’s rush offense finished in the top-five for the fourth-consecutive season in 2015, ranking third with 141.8 yards per game. The season saw the emergence of rookie RB Thomas Rawls, who rushed for the second-most yards in franchise history with 209 yards on 30 carries vs. San Francisco, also breaking Curt Warner’s 1983 club record by a rookie (207 yards). In addition to his rushing total, he added 46 yards on three receptions and his 255 total yards from scrimmage are the seventh-most by a rookie in NFL history (third in Seahawks history), and most by an undrafted rookie.

Cable was the leader of the no. 1-ranked rushing attack in the NFL during Seattle’s run to Super Bowl XLIX with a franchise record 2,762 yards on the ground and saw his unit set the franchise-record for rushing yards in a single-game with 350 vs. the N.Y. Giants. 

A Pro Bowler for the fourth-consecutive season, RB Marshawn Lynch totaled a career-high 17 touchdowns in 2014 (career-high 13 rush, career-high four rec.) and added 1,306 yards on 280 carries.

The Seahawks once again ranked in the top-five in rushing in 2013, averaging 136.8 ypg to rank fourth in the NFL. C Max Unger and T Russell Okung earned Pro Bowl nods for the second-consecutive season in helping Lynch to another Pro Bowl season with 1,257 yards and 14 total touchdowns (12 rush, two rec.) on 301 carries.

In Super Bowl XLVIII’s win over Denver, Seattle’s rushing attacked gained 135 yards on 29 carries and recorded one touchdown. 

Sticking with its offensive identity of running the ball, Cable’s 2012 line was led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler Unger and Pro Bowler Okung, finishing the season as the league’s fourth-youngest starting offensive line. Seattle’s rushing attack ranked third in the NFL with 2,579 yards led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler Lynch. Lynch set career-highs in carries (315), yards (1,590, 3rd NFL), average gain (5.0, 4th NFL) and most yards from scrimmage (1,786, 4th NFL). He also scored the third-most rushing touchdowns of his career with 11 and set the franchise’s highest yards per carry average (11.64, 11 for 128) vs. Arizona.

Seattle’s line once ranked as the third-youngest in the NFL in 2011, but with injuries to rookie RT James Carpenter and RG John Moffitt, and second-year tackle Okung, the Seahawks line finished as the seventh-youngest starting line in the league. Despite that, Cable plugged away and maintained a solid unit as Seattle’s line paved the way for Lynch’s Pro Bowl season with 285 carries, 1,204 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, while becoming Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander (2005).
Cable was named the 17th head coach of the Oakland Raiders on February 3, 2009. He served as the interim head coach for 12 games of the 2008 season following the announcement on September 30, 2008, and led the Raiders to victories in the campaign’s final two games.

He led Oakland to an 8-8 record in 2010, its most wins since the 2002 season and went 17-27 in his time leading the Silver and Black. The Raiders rushing attack ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in 2007 (6th) and 2008 (10th) behind his offensive lines.

Cable broke into the NFL ranks in 2006 as the offensive line coach for Atlanta, where he tutored a unit that saw the Falcons lead the NFL in rushing.

From 2004-05, Cable was both the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at UCLA, where he helped develop one of the most productive offensive units in the nation. In 2005, he coordinated a UCLA offense that averaged 431 yards in total offense per game while earning 10 wins and a bowl berth. In 2004, the Bruins offense under Cable improved by more than 1,000 yards from the previous season while averaging 410 yards per game. 

He served as the head coach of the University of Idaho from 2000-03. During his tenure at Idaho, his teams averaged 424.1 yards of total offense per game. Cable also spent two years at the University of Colorado, serving as the offensive line coach and the following year was promoted to offensive coordinator. Under his direction, the Buffaloes offense ranked 14th in the nation in 1999, averaging 424.9 yards per game. 

He spent six seasons (1992-97) as offensive line coach at the University of California, where he tutored four first-team All-Pac-10 selections.

Cable began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a graduate assistant at Idaho in 1987 and 1988. He was a graduate assistant at San Diego State in 1989, defensive line coach at Cal State Fullerton in 1990 and offensive line coach at Nevada-Las Vegas in 1991. 

The Merced, Calif. native played four years at Idaho, three as a starting guard, and spent one season with the Indianapolis Colts before beginning his coaching career.
Cable, born on November 26, 1964, and his wife Carol, have five children, Ryan, Amanda, Alex, Zach and Vincent.