Pete Carroll continued the purge of his offensive staff Wednesday afternoon, firing offensive line coach and assistant head coach Tom Cable shortly after word came that he ousted Darrell Bevell as his offensive coordinator. As with Bevell, Cable had been with the franchise since 2011, Carroll’s second season with the Seahawks.
Carroll released a statement Wednesday afternoon on Twitter:
“We are challenged by change, but excited to attack the future with great purpose. I want to thank both Tom and Darrell for their role in helping take this program to a championship level. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to coach and compete alongside these great men.”
Cable presided over one of the least effective offensive lines in the NFL the past two years, a principal reason why Seattle finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. That line blocked for only four rushing TDs in 2017, three by quarterback Russell Wilson and only one by a running back, fewest by a running back on any team since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978.
Seattle enjoyed considerable offensive success from 2011-15 with Cable as the offensive line coach, but struggled after the departure of RB Marshawn Lynch, who helped the Seahawks establish a franchise record with 2,762 rushing yards in 2014 when Seattle made its second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl.
The 12s largely blamed the 53-year-old Cable for Seattle’s offensive line deficiencies, which rendered Wilson one of the most pressured quarterbacks in the NFL over the past two seasons.
A Northwest native, Cable played prep football at Snohomish High, then college ball at the University of Idaho under Keith Gilbertson, a former UW head coach, and Dennis Erickson, a former Seahawks head coach.
Cable broke in as an assistant coach at San Diego State and then worked at Cal State Fullerton, UNLV, California and Colorado before becoming head coach at Idaho in 2000. He later had assistant gigs at UCLA and with the Atlanta Falcons before becoming head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2008. Cable joined Seattle in 2011 after offensive line coach Alex Gibbs retired.
Cable might not be the last coach out the door. Carroll has reportedly encouraged defensive coordinator Kris Richard to explore other job options.