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Lechler is not happy with Raiders organization

Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:56 am
Al Davis' decision not to pick up Tom Cable's option was not seen well by Oakland P S. Lechler (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Tuesday, we told you about the, um, interesting decision by owner Al Davis not to renew the option of Raiders coach Tom Cable, casting him into unemployment instead of rewarding him for the team’s best record in eight seasons and a clean sweep of the AFC West.

Now, the fallout begins.

Oakland punter Shane Lechler told CSN Bay Area (via Pro Football Talk) that the decision was a “huge setback” and intimated that it might cause the team’s best players to not want to play for the organization.

“I’m not so sure this isn’t a terrible decision,” Lechler said.

A few other spicy quotes.

On Hue Jackson, the team’s offensive coordinator who now could be in line for Cable’s old job: “Yes, I do respect (Jackson) … Whether he can call plays and pull off the whole head coaching deal and deal with Al Davis on the side, I don’t know.  That’s a lot on somebody’s plate, so we’ll see.”

More on Cable: “I just want to know . . . how do you justify firing somebody when you just went 6-0 in the division and 8-8 in the season after we put in so much as a group, as a unit, as a team with our leader being Tom Cable, how do you just go ahead and whack this guy with, I mean, no reason?”

If anybody can say this in the Raiders organization, it’s Lechler. He’s regarded as the NFL’s finest punter, and if Davis wants to part ways with him because of the above comments, Lechler would have no problem finding a job in the NFL. Hell, maybe that’s exactly Lechler’s plan.

Maybe Lechler’s not just pissed, but maybe he’s also quite brilliant.

And as we all know, pissed and brilliant is a dangerous combination.

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Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:07 am

The Cryptkeeper

Please remove that picture of Al Davis.  It is going to give me nightmares. 

Thank you.

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:06 am

Lechler is not happy with Raiders organization

I don't know which is worse, being a Raiders fan or being a Bengals fan. Anyone who buys season tickets for either team needs to have their head examined.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:06 am

Look at that picture

Is Al Davis auditioning for Darth vader without his helmet? Perhaps the new villian in the next spider man movie (I'm sure he'd look right at home with mechanical arms attached to his torso). Look Al, you need to bust out the polo shirt and plaid pants, black leather makes you literally look like death.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:58 am

Lechler is not happy with Raiders organization

Jesus Al. You look like a nursing home escapee in that picture. The funniest thing about this deal is that Cable will have won some respect around the league for improving the Raiders under Al Davis and come out with a better job because of it.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:40 am

Lechler is not happy with Raiders organization

Lechler is right! Al Davis is nuts and he is our downfall! 

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