Nobody Crosses Al Davis

Updated 

Disclaimer: In no way does the JustBlogBaby website or Fan-Sided community support Mr. Davis’ right to run the Oakland Raiders.  Certain rights must be taken away from people who illustrate the inability to behave in an intelligent manner. 

ESPN is reporting that Al Davis is trying to force Lane Kiffin out of Oakland.  Here are the details from ESPN.com:

Al Davis has been pushing for coach Lane Kiffin to resign and is considering Dennis Green as a potential replacement

Davis has gone so far as to draft a letter of resignation for Kiffin to sign, a source said. Kiffin has refused to do so but has dared Davis to fire him instead.  The letter, the source said, was sent to Kiffin two weeks ago.

Just this week at the Senior Bowl, Kiffin and Ryan said their relationship was fine and expected to be coaching the team in 2008.  But Davis has not rescinded his request for Kiffin to step down, a source said.

As for Green’s candidacy, while team sources said Davis has reached out to the veteran coach, Green said Friday, “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 posting and where I stand is based completely off what’s being reported.  One thing to keep in mind; there’s one guy that might be talking a lot of trash because the Raiders got rid of him.  Mike Lombard was released by the Raiders last May, but still has friends in the front office.  At first it’s believed that he released rumors to guys like ESPN’s Chris Mortensen about the mess that ensued after the hiring of Art Shell.  Now he might be continuing with rumors that don’t exist.  I say this because NFL.com has just reported that the Raiders are completely denying what ESPN is reporting, and comments all week from Ryan and Kiffin have been nothing but positive:

“There is no issue here,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera said. “There was never an issue here. There’s nothing to it.”

Kiffin told reporters at the Senior Bowl earlier in the week that his relationship with Ryan “is not an issue.”

Even ESPN reported that:

Kiffin and Ryan said their relationship was fine and expected to be coaching the team in 2008

NFL.com is also reporting that “Kiffin is scheduled to interview former San Diego Chargers receivers coach James Lofton,” but in the ESPN report it’s almost like the informant told Mortensen information that’s the exact opposite from the truth: “the Raiders will interview James Lofton on Monday for a job, a source said. Oakland is looking for a wide receivers coach and Lofton, who has interviewed in the past to be head coach of the Raiders, was recently fired as San Diego’s receivers coach.”  As if to say that the Raiders are already looking to replace Kiffin, but Lofton’s interview is with Kiffin.  Imagine being Lofton and learning that the guy your about to interview with won’t be with the organization.  It’s all this that makes me a little skeptical of what ESPN’s reporting. 

If the Chris Mortensen’s report is true, then I’ll post what I think it means.   

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  • http://ninernoise.com Drew

    I’m taking time out of my busy Walnut Creek lifestyle (throwing Raiders tix into speeding traffic in oakland and seeing the fans get hit by cars trying to catch them) to say a small prayer for the zombie robot that is Al Davis.  He and Fidel Castro are doing a wonderful job of driving your franchise into the depths of NFL hell….I thought I was alone in my pain, but no you must hate your team even more than I hate mine.  Ah bliss….

  • Zach

    If this is true the old man has lost it….

  • http://ninernoise.com Drew

    Braaaaaaiiiiins…..

  • http://www.blacktygrrrr.wordpress.com eric

    As one of the guys who links to Just Blog Baby every Sunday, I can say that I am one of those Raider fans that does like Al Davis. Lame Kiffin tried to fire Rob Ryan, and Rob Ryan’s defense, while not as good as in 2006, has been good enough. Kiffin’s offense has not. The one area I disagree with Al Davis on is the constant hiring of young "innovators." We need an experienced hand like Dennis Green or Jim Fassell.eric aka the Tygrrrr ExpressJust Blog Baby contributorwww.blacktygrrrr.wordpress.com

  • http://ninernoise.com drew

    Waitaminute…you’re saying that the Raiders need a Dennis Green or Jim Fassell to run the team?  You’re smoking from the East Oakland crack pipe.  If Al is going to continue running the Raiders show, he needs to groom a head coach with a puppet to run things until the protege is ready. If this is really what Al wants, he should hire Warren Sapp right now, or Tim Brown.  I can’t imagine that there are many other former Raiders that still have close ties to the team that haven’t been away from the game for years.