On the same day Tom Cable got a new gig and it became official who (or should I say Hue) took his old one, he also got a nice kick in the pants from Al Davis. Proving that he’s just as relevant as ever, Davis’ diatribe against Cable has spread across the internet faster than photos of Brett’s little Favre.
After giving Hue Jackson his time to shine, then fielding a few questions, Davis got around to the elephant in the room. It is clear that Davis had very little respect for Cable due to the various distractions he brought into the Raider organization.
Among the allegations that disturbed Davis was the Jawgate incident, the unsavory reports of Cable’s sorted past and his penchant for bringing “friends” along for road trips. All of which Davis said was “not the Raider way” and all of which ultimately led to his option not being picked up.
The Chronicle, like many news outlets, has compiled a list of many of the Davis quotes from yesterday. Among the many gems that Davis spit, his quote on the Randy Hanson situation which he comapres to Gitmo is classic!
Even though Davis is viewed by many as incompetent, he still has a certain brilliance that cannot be understood in the moment. Al’s decision to stick it out with Cable, despite having plenty of cause for firing, seemed ill-advised but in the end it could prove to be perfect for the franchise in order to move forward. Cable clearly wasn’t going to be around for another season no matter what. Bringing in Jackson allowed the players to become familiar with their future head coach and his performance helped to prove Davis right.
Of course, the proof won’t be seen until Jackson puts his team on the field in 2011. While Davis despised Cable’s “we’re not losers anymore” comment nothing would be worse than to actually fail to improve on this season’s 8-8 mark.
Only time will tell.
Davis will always do things his way no matter the results. As a Raider fan you just learn to accept it and hope that there is a method to the madness. While many continue to have fun at the expense of Davis he remains steadfast in his approach, unwavering in the face of adversity. Part of me admires Al, part of me despises him. But that is truly a testament to both his genius and delusion. When you find ways to simultaneously please and piss people off, chances are you’re doing something right. With the tight lid Davis keeps on this organization, it is hard to know what is what but so long as this team wins the ends will always justify the means.