Al Davis is doing his maverick thing again. The feisty old Raiders owner, who's made a career out of wacky moves (like moving the franchise twice), has just unleashed one of his better ones: He's asked head coach Lane Kiffin to resign after just one year at the helm.
Kiffin, God bless him, has refused to simply slink away per Mr. Davis's orders. He's told Al to fire him if he really wants him gone that bad.
The Davis/Kiffin relationship reportedly became strained when Kiffin said he wanted to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after the Raiders' 4-12 season. Apparently, Kiffin was under the impression that he had control over such things. But Al begged to differ. Ryan will stay, and Kiffin said at the Senior Bowl that his relationship with Ryan was just fine. And his relationship with Davis?
"I'm not going to comment on anything that has transpired in the past three weeks," Kiffin said.
But we can guess how Kiffin really feels. All we have to do is imagine our boss drafting a resignation letter and sending it to us with orders for us to sign it (as Al allegedly did).
I applaud Kiffin for not giving in to Davis and signing the letter. The guy is an old nut who clearly has no idea what he's doing anymore. The Raiders will never be a decent team again until Davis dies or hands over control.
You want more evidence that Al Davis is senile? How about this: He wants to hire Dennis Green as Kiffin's replacement.
Green denies this, saying, "I haven't really talked to Al about any coaching job but, really, how many times has my name been mentioned every time something goes on with the Raiders?"
This time there may really be a coaching opening in Oakland at a time when Green is willing and able to take it. Of course, no one in their right mind would want to hire Green after he flopped in Arizona. Which is why Al Davis probably will.