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Al Davis is the One Who Needs to Resign

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.

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Peter F.:

The Raiders will never be a decent team again until Davis dies or hands over control.

As a 41-year member of the Raider Nation and 1970's season ticket holder, I can say this: You're spot on.

Not to wish any ill will on the man, but the Raiders will never regain prominence in the league. He is the sole reason they are failing. I sincerely believe the man is senile or has Alzheimer's. I mean, 4 coaching changes in five years? And I think I'm missing one somewhere.

Seriously, how can any team stand that many changes in that short a time. As soon as players get used to one system, the coach leaves and they have to learn a new one. And Al expects them to win. WTF? Talk about unreasonable expectations. Insanity.

And don't think for a minute he doesn't call for shots down the field. He still thinks this is 1968 and the Bomb is the way to score. That's the whole reason he hated Jon Gruden, hated his style of dink and dunk and middle passes. Trouble is, Gruden won and that drove Al nuts. So he fired the best coach the Raiders had had since Tom Flores. It's been downhill ever since, and it's entirely Al's doing.

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.

Bingo. Schottenheimer? Cowher? I can dream, but that'll never happen. If Davis wants 2 more Super Bowl wins like he's stated before he'll retire, we Raider fans are firggin' doomed.

Ya know, I wish I was Paul Allen (owns the Seahawks and Trailblazers). I'd love to buy out Al and bring back the Raiders' glory years.

I've been embarrassed to wear the Silver and Black for 5 years now. And I don't see any end in sight. Not as long as Davis is around.


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