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Old 25 Jan 2008, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis Asks Coach Lane Kiffin to Resign, Wants Dennis Green
Posted Jan 25th 2008 4:01PM by Michael David Smith
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has asked coach Lane Kiffin to resign.

According to Mortensen, Davis sent Kiffin a letter in which he asked Kiffin to step down. In fact, Davis actually provided Kiffin with a resignation letter that he wanted Kiffin to sign and return to the team.

Davis and Kiffin have butted heads almost from the beginning of Kiffin's tenure as head coach, particularly over Kiffin's staff of assistants. Most notably, Kiffin wanted to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after this season and Davis refused.

Kiffin would rather get fired than resign because a firing allows him to guarantee his salary for the remaining two seasons on his contract. Kiffin is currently in Mobile, Alabama with the rest of the Raiders' coaching staff. He is scheduled to coach in the Senior Bowl tomorrow.

According to Mortensen, if Kiffin does leave, Davis would like to replace him with former Vikings and Cardinals head coach Dennis Green.


This is the funniest. Al Davis is totally senile. I hear Rex wanted out to go to DC the Jets and Lane said it was cool, but Davis wouldn't fire him so he wants Kiffin to resign??? This organization, how much worse can it get. Ryan's a good coach, but he doesn't want to be stuck there anymore. Kiffin did better than anyone expected and Davis wants him out. I fucking love it. There were like 10 coaches who told Davis to shove it last year when he was looking for a coach, now he's going to beg Dennis Green to take the job. I hope Davis lives for another century.
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This is the funniest. Al Davis is totally senile. I hear Rex wanted out to go to DC the Jets and Lane said it was cool, but Davis wouldn't fire him so he wants Kiffin to resign??? This organization, how much worse can it get. Ryan's a good coach, but he doesn't want to be stuck there anymore. Kiffin did better than anyone expected and Davis wants him out. I fucking love it. There were like 10 coaches who told Davis to shove it last year when he was looking for a coach, now he's going to beg Dennis Green to take the job. I hope Davis lives for another century.
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Someone want to explain why the fuck Dennis Green is being sounded out for ANY JOB in the NFL.

I would have said "Hey Exo. Why dont you mark down 2 wins against the Fader's for next season already..." But we both know you already had em marked down.

Oakland sucks a donkey nut at the moment. Al Davis is useless... But great entertainment.
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damn if davis fires him it'll be 4 coaches in 4 years..so much for building any team chemistry
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The Raiders are fucked for awhile. Too bad they don't have Parcells to save them.
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I guess Al Davis is a fan of that commercial.

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Al Davis is a power-hungry washed up has-been. His ways of running a franchise are long gone. He needs to die plain and simple. That is the only way the Raiders will get back on to the road of respectibility.
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(01-25) 19:08 PST -- For $4 million, Al Davis has decided to embarrass the brand name Oakland Raiders. For $4 million, Al Davis wants to degrade his legacy yet again. For $4 million, Al Davis wants to find a new scapegoat to take the blame for this rotting hulk of a franchise.
To which we can only say, that must be one important hunk of money.
Davis is so unhappy with Lane, a.k.a. Lance, Kiffin as his coach that he is willing to make Kiffin crawl pantsless over a mile of hot gravel just to get the rest of the money promised to him under a contract Davis signed one year ago. He won't fire him, but he sent him a letter of resignation that, if Kiffin doesn't sign, still strips him of most normal coaching prerogatives.
The letter hasn't been seen, but too many people know about it, and have spoken quietly about it for the better part of a week. Even the boilerplate Raider denial says only that "Kiffin is the coach, there isn't an issue," not that there is no such letter. The Raiders are too skilled at denials to forget a loose end like that, especially one that would make so many of their media enemies look foolish.
So we can say it - the letter exists, and it basically states Davis' willingness to make Kiffin a glorified Raiderette, with no power, no influence and no hope to succeed. He is putting his need to shame his coach ahead of what little future the team has, because he doesn't think his own word is worth $4 million.
Hell, if he needs $4 million that badly, he should sell the team. Then he'll have 200 $4 million bundles to keep him company.
This isn't about whether Lane Kiffin is the answer to curing the Raiders, or whether he's just another coach who badly underestimated the toxicity levels in Alameda. He went 4-12, admitted he didn't truly understand the size of the culture of losing in Oakland, and went off to the Senior Bowl to scout talent and give opinions that are no longer welcome. In other words, it isn't like he established himself as Belichick 3.0.
On the other hand, he failed less often than Art Shell, and his record was no worse than in Bill Callahan's final year. In addition, the players didn't revolt, which should count as at least a half-win. He probably shouldn't have had the job because he clearly didn't do enough recon on Davis, but he must have done something extraordinarily heinous to get his Publisher's Clear-Out letter.
And in any event, this stopped being about Kiffin's abilities long ago. This is about his clash with Davis over things Al holds near and dear, and Davis' pathological need to crush Kiffin in response, to emasculate him to the point that he will either shame himself irrevocably, or resign and leave the $4 million on the table.
In other words, he has just asked Kiffin the essential question of 21st Century America - how much filth will you cover yourself in just to keep a job you hate?
If you think this isn't about money, you have bricks loose. This clearly isn't just about getting rid of Kiffin. Al still hasn't paid Mike Shanahan from almost 20 years ago, and is still fighting Mike Lombardi over chump change, simply because he doesn't like to pay people he thinks failed him, contract or no.
The cold, brutal fact is, if Davis wanted Kiffin out so damned desperately, he could simply pay him and fire him right now this minute, and begin the task of remaking the team (again) in whatever image he fancies at the moment - maybe the Frankford Yellow Jackets of 1926.
But no, the boy prince has torqued off The Master for wanting Rob Ryan out, for trading Randy Moss (apparently on a day Al was getting a manicure/pedicure/rubdown at the Oakland Hilton), and maybe just for staying on salary too long. Thus, The Master is not amused in that very special way of his.
And in sending this bizarre little missive and risking what is left of his public reputation, Al is standing on the main principles of the last 20 years of his reign, to wit:
-- Coaches don't count.
-- Contracts don't count.
-- Winning doesn't count.
-- Control counts.
-- No, control, and deniability.
-- No, wrong again. Control, deniability, and money.
This is the sort of thing that negates a little bit more of Davis' successful years - the '60s and '70s, when the Raiders stood for excellence at any cost. Suddenly, the cost is what they stand for, and in a business in which even the dimmest bulbs in the owners' box of lights (oh, go ahead, say the name) make scads of money, being cheap is about the lowest insult there is.
And at this point, his years of greatness are so far behind him and his acts of willful and unfathomable stubbornness so contemporary and frequent that he is beginning to seem more like George Halas and Curly Lambeau - a figure of the distant past. Every move he makes is mocked, then he undoes it in record time and does something even more loopy, which is mocked all the more.
Thus, if Kiffin does leave and if Dennis Green takes this job, we will not feel sorry for him, or defend him, or be fooled for even a moment into thinking he can change the Raiders for the better. We will mock him at his press conference, and mock him when he leaves 11 months later, for he knows the end-game of working for Al as well as the rest of us. You either run away, or crawl away, but the common word is "away," leaving a trail of unclaimed money behind you.
Now maybe there is a logic in this somewhere. Maybe Kiffin really did do something so heinous that abject humiliation even at the costs of credibility, continuity and common sense is the only price, but we are hard-pressed to imagine what it could be. Every sign, rather, points to Davis feeding his seeming unquenchable hunger for just plain screwing with people who have displeased him.
That is, every sign but one. Our own theory is that he and John York have a $25 million bet nobody else knows about - owner with the worst idea for pulling his franchise out of its death spiral in the calendar year 2008 wins. Right now, in an action-packed first round, Al leads on all three judges' cards, 10-8, and York is in the red corner being tended to by his cut man.
This is great drama.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

There is really only one way to get rid of Lane Kiffin, replace him with a Raiders-appropriate head coach and not spend another dime in the process:

Al Davis, ending years of shadow governance and deep vertical buck-passing, simply should take the job himself.

Who else better can prove that the Raiders' 78-year-old lead owner still makes brilliant football decisions, which are constantly undermined by fools beneath him? (For the sake of argument, we have to avoid discussing who hired said fools in the first place.)

Judging by e-mail and online comments, many Raiders fans want Al sidelined, and not in a good way. But you know how the anonymity of the Web world works; that stuff easily could be a Broncos-Chiefs conspiracy to bring down one of the great sports owners of our time, and our parents', grandparents' and, eventually, our grandchildren's.

Al will be around forever, unmoved by age, reason or power of attorney. So why not have him where he really belongs? We all know he could do better than Kiffin, who seems to think that being an NFL head coach means having real authority. The nerve of the guy. If Davis, as the Raiders insist, isn't trying to force out Kiffin, he should be. The owner can't let another season go by without asserting himself.

If Davis had been the coach in 2007, Randy Moss would have been reaching for the Oakland skies, instead of soaring to the Super Bowl with the Patriots. The Raiders would not have had to trade him for a fourth-round draft pick, because Moss could have been trusted to respect the coach as much as he does Bill Belichick. ...

And to bring out the Tom Brady in Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper and JaMarcus Russell. ...

And to transform the entire franchise into a Patriots-style dynasty that casts a lovely glow over everyone connected with it. ...

And to repudiate, by both word and deed, Moss' shameless quitting act from 2006.

Yes, that's exactly how it would have worked. With the owner as his coach, Moss would not have needed a change of scenery. Mr. "I Play When I Want to Play" would not have quit on the venerable Mr. Davis. (For the sake of argument, we have to look past the fact that quitting on the Raiders was the same as quitting on Davis.)

Instead, Kiffin inherited Art Shell's Moss mess and refused to clean it. Kiffin assumed that the quitting would continue, that Moss would not play as hard to help the worst team in the NFL inch forward as he would for the most dominant team of this decade. How many ways has Kiffin been proven wrong? Remind me, because I can't think of a single one.

Davis would have made it all work, and without relying so heavily on the running game the way Kiffin did. What a bore that was. The guy has the face of a teenager but the mind of Woody Hayes. He has no respect for the Raiders' tradition, for the passing game that made them what they were 25 years ago.

Davis must feel so betrayed. The man just loves to create opportunity for others. That's why he has had five head coaches in the last seven years. If he weren't so generous, he'd have been down on the field long ago, running the team as he saw fit. It would have saved him money and time, which was wasted telling others to run the team as he saw fit.

At least, that's what the whiners would have us believe. They say Al hinders coaches at every turn, rewrites game plans, and blames others for things beyond their control. All talk. If he returned to the field, he could silence all of this nonsense. His visionary qualities no longer would be filtered through inadequate minds. We'd see them, in the open, attached directly to him.

As it is now, we cannot be sure when Davis is saying what he believes and when he is covering for someone else. For example, as he assured the media of the brilliance of Tom Walsh, a longtime B&B proprietor who became Shell's offensive coordinator, did he believe what he was saying? When the Raiders moved like a Model-T under Walsh, it was easy to remember those comments and think Davis was out of his mind. But maybe what he really meant was: "This is Art's choice. And even if I think Walsh is unqualified to do anything but turndown service on road trips, I've got my head coach's back."

Today, Davis can't confirm whether he saved defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's job. If Kiffin wanted Ryan out, Davis has to cover up that. He could have saved himself a lot of trouble by simply promoting Ryan to head coach instead of choosing the much younger Kiffin last year.

Davis doesn't put defensive coaches in charge of his Raiders. It doesn't matter that Belichick and Tony Dungy, both defensive specialists when they were assistants, oversee spectacular offenses. Or that Brian Billick and Jon Gruden, former offensive assistants, won Super Bowls with defense-oriented teams. Al knows best. He should stop hiding his genius and bring it back onto the field for the first time in 43 years.
It's only a matter of time before the NFL steps in.
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