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Should the Bengals consider Tom Cable to be next offensive line coach?

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Once thought to be among the NFL’s better offensive line coaches, Tom Cable lost his job in Seattle after his units underperformed in recent years.

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Tom Cable out at Seattle

Tom Cable was fired Wednesday as the offensive line/assistant head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. The Bengals are looking for an offensive line coach after parting ways with Paul Alexander.

Would Cable be a fit in Cincinnati?

Cable certainly has the experience. He began his professional career in 2006 as the offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons, and took the same position with the Oakland Raiders in 2007 under Lane Kiffin. The Raiders’ rushing attack was ranked sixth in that NFL that season.

When Kiffin was fired four games into the 2008, Cable was named head coach of the Raiders, a position he held through the 2010 season. His teams compiled an overall record of 17-27 during his tenure, including an 8-8 record in his final season.

Cable was hired as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach by the Seahawks in 2011, and he remained in those positions until his dismissal Wednesday. Seattle’s rushing attack, with Marshawn Lynch running behind Cable’s lines, became one of the best in the NFL during the 2011 season.

Lynch ran for 1,204 yards in 2011, and followed that up with 1,590 yards in 2012, 1,257 yards in 2013 and helped lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship with 1,306 yards in 2014.

As a team, Seattle finished 21st in rushing in 2011, third in 2012, fourth in 2013, first in 2014, third in 2015, 25th in 2016 and 23rd in 2017

Despite the occasional success of the rushing attacks in both Oakland and Seattle, none of Cable’s lines were ever very highly regarded. In Cable’s first year in the league, the Falcons were ranked 19th in run blocking and 31st in pass protection.

In Cable’s first year with the Raiders in 2007, his offensive line was ranked 13th in run blocking and 27th in pass protection.

Things did not get any better for him in Seattle. His lines were never ranked any higher than 19th, and were the lowest-ranked units in the NFL in both 2016 and 2017 after coming in at No. 30 in 2015.

But the biggest reason for Cable’s dismissal from the Seahawks was probably his inability to young, talented offensive linemen into quality NFL starters. Seattle drafted 16 offensive linemen since 2010, the highest number in the NFL, and the results speak for themselves.

Cincinnati drafted two young, talented offensive linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft, and will undoubtedly draft at least a couple in the 2018 NFL Draft. What the Bengals need is an offensive line coach with the ability to develop these linemen.

Cable does not appear to be that man, but he still could be someone Cincinnati looks into with their offensive line coaching spot unfilled.