Tom Cable was head coach of the Raiders from 2008-10. (Stephen Brashear / Getty Images)
The Lions reportedly have zeroed in on at least one head coaching candidate.
Though they have yet to officially request an interview, the Lions are doing background work on Seahawks assistant head coach Tom Cable, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
While the Lions are still in the early stages of the search to replace coach Jim Schwartz, who was fired Monday after a 29-51 record in five seasons, general manager Martin Mayhew said the team would prefer someone with head coaching experience, which Cable has.
Cable took over as Raiders head coach during the 2008 season after Oakland fired Lane Kiffin. In nearly three seasons under Cable, the Raiders went 17-27, but his contract wasn’t renewed after an 8-8 finish in 2010.
The Lions’ front office has already spoken to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll about Cable, according to Rapoport.
NFL teams with head coaching vacancies can interview assistants on a playoff teams with a bye — Seattle, Carolina, Denver and New England — through Jan. 5.
In addition to being assistant head coach, Cable has coached the Seahawks‘ offensive line since 2011. He was also the head coach at Idaho from 2000-03 and has coached the Falcons’ and Raiders’ offensive lines.
When Cable was coach of the Raiders he reportedly got into a fight with one of his assistant coaches, Randy Hanson, in training camp in 2009. Cable allegedly punched Hanson in the jaw and caused injuries that required hospital treatment.
Hanson was put on paid leave-of-absence, and when he returned in December 2009 he was reassigned to the team’s scouting department.