Examining Tom Cable’s off-field history

Published on January 19, 2011 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

Tom Cable comes to the Seahawks after serving as Raiders coach for the past two-plus seasons.

This season, the Raiders finished with their best record since 2002, but Cable’s option was not picked up. Part of the reason, Raiders owner Al Davis explained, was Cable’s off-field behavior.

That could include everything from an alleged altercation between Cable and Randy Hanson — a Raiders assistant coach — in 2009 to a report from ESPN that year in which multiple women alleged Cable had been physically abusive. Davis also mentioned he was upset at reports that Cable had brought Marie Lutz, identified as his former girlfriend, on road trips. That seemed to upset Davis most.

Now, a couple of things. It’s important to note Cable was not charged in relation to the altercation with Hanson. He was not charged with domestic violence, either.

But with Cable’s hiring in Seattle, coach Pete Carroll was asked to address those issues.

Q: How concerned are you about his off-the-field questions, domestic violence and allegedly hitting a coach?

Carroll: “I think they’re the questions that you’re going to ask. Tom has dealt with all of that of in a very professional manner and taken care of business. We’ve done our due diligence to understand the background and all of that, and I feel that this is a good time for him to come to us. He’s going to get supported. He’s going to be reinforced as he moves ahead to do all the good things and the right things and live the life that he wants to live in the manner he wants to live it.

“We’re going to make sure that he has all the support he needs to do all of that. I think we’ve taken care of that.”

Q: In your due diligence with Cable, what weight did you put on the inevitable backlash by some people to the episodes in his past?

Caroll: “There’s reason because of the expanse of coverage and stuff where people are going to ask questions and all of that. What I would like to look at this as is we give a guy an opportunity to come to our program, and we’re going to support him and help him in every way so he can be the best that he can possibly be. If there were stories, well, I’m going to say issues that he was dealing with in the past, we’re going to do everything we can to make those things come together in the most positive way possible for him and his future. I think we looked at it carefully.

“We know Tom. He’s a heck of a guy, and he’s got a lot that he wants to do in this career of his, and we’re going to help him do that as best we can. So we weighted it and all of that, but looked at the guy and where his intentions are and what he plans to do and how determined he is to really make right in a career that’s going to go places. I think it’s going to work out really well.”

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