The San Francisco 49ers wrap up their first round of head coach interviews on Sunday when they meet with Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable. They could decide to interview somebody else after that, but for the time being, all that is left is Cable, and then Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan, who they interviewed a week ago.
The decision to interview Cable leaves me baffled. This is a man who while head coach of the Oakland Raiders allegedly punched an assistant coach and broke his jaw. This is a man who allegedly physically attacked three different women. He did not face criminal charges in any of that matters, but did settle lawsuits related to two of the alleged attacks. You can learn more about his alleged violent history in this video from Outside The Lines.
There are football points to be made about Tom Cable’s abilities as a head coach and what he can bring to the table. You can read more about them in Matt Barrows look at pros and cons for each HC candidate.
There have been some puff pieces talking about Cable and how he is on the straight and narrow. Most notably they popped up when Seattle went to the Super Bowl following the 2013 and 2014 seasons. And it is entirely possible he has figured out what causes his violent temper, and what he can do to control it.
But, as far as I am concerned, four incidents of violence removes the benefit of the doubt. This is not about football in my mind. People will excuse the incidents, and if you just want to focus on the football side, so be it. But if there was even the slightest reason to believe Jed York was serious when he talked about winning with class (as opposed to just slighting Jim Harbaugh), this removes any credibility that might otherwise have had. At least in my mind.
I heard some rumblings over the weekend the 49ers might be closing in on a decision for the head coach. It was nothing firm, but if it is even close to true, it would suggest Cable is not likely to get the job. I suppose he could blow them away in his interview, but I am hoping that is not the case. It is bad enough they decided to conduct the interview. Going on to then hire him would be tough for me to reconcile as a fan.