Ed Driscoll

They Call Him Assassin

The spirit of Jack Tatum lives on in Oakland:

Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson in the jaw during an Aug. 5 altercation at the team’s training camp headquarters at the Napa Valley Marriott, two sources told FanHouse.

National Football Post first reported Monday that Hanson, a third-year assistant who is in his first season with the team under the title “assistant coach-defense,” had been hit by another member of the coaching staff, but did not specify the attacker.

Two NFL sources have told FanHouse that the assailant was Cable and “that Hanson never saw it coming.”

Neither Hanson nor the coach who threw the punch were identified in a Napa, Calif., police report taken Aug. 6 at Queen of the Valley Hospital. But one well-placed NFL source told FanHouse of the attacker: “It’s a well-known coach. Very well-known.”

Pressed to confirm the identity of the attacker, the source said, “It was Cable who hit him.”

As Chris Chase of Yahoo’s “Shutdown Corner” NFL blog adds, “The good news for Cable is that Oakland is probably the only place in the NFL where a coach can break the jaw of an assistant and earn respect of fans.