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October 12, 2008|By KEN MURRAY

Treading water

It's the high-water mark of Tom Cable's modest career: becoming the Raiders' fourth coach in four years. A one-time head coach at Idaho (11-35 record) and offensive coordinator at UCLA, Cable, 43, replaces Lane Kiffin, 33. His interim title is what it implies: caretaker for the final 12 games of the season.

He's handled adversity

Rarely do coaches get rewarded for failure. When Jim Haslett was named coach of the Rams on Sept. 29, it wasn't because of his defense, which ranks 31st in the NFL. It was because he dealt with chaos as Saints coach after Katrina. His title does not include interim, but his reign should be short.

Not meant to last

Lions coach Rod Marinelli must wonder how it turned so quickly. The Lions were 6-2 halfway through the 2007 season. Since then, they've lost 11 of 12 games and Marinelli is on the verge of getting fired in another regime shake-up. At least he said he wouldn't bail on the team.

Fading fast

The man who shaped the Brett Favre legend deserves to go out better than this. But the truth is last Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Giants was the worst of Mike Holmgren's 17 NFL seasons as head coach. He has already said this will be his final season; the Seahawks seem underwhelmed at the prospect.

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