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Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:38 pm
Lane Kiffin took shots at his former boss, Oakland owner Al Davis (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Raiders owner Al Davis is an easy figure to mock.

His organization’s obsession with drafting speed -- Exhibit No. 1,240: Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft -- can be laughable. His press conferences, though very infrequent at this point in his life, are fascinating as much for his physical appearance as what he’s actually saying. And his decisions on the coaches who will lead his team are … well … questionable at best (Art Shell again? Tom Cable? Lane Kiffin?).

People forget that he was a well-respected Raiders coach in the 1960s, and many of the ideas he brought to the game (or, you know, took from others) were influential into making the NFL what it’s become today.

But could anybody make an argument that Davis’ time hasn’t passed him by?

Kiffin certainly wouldn’t, as he makes perfectly clear in this ESPN interview when asked whether it was impossible to win in Oakland.

“It is almost impossible,” Kiffin said. “I don't know why I didn't listen, [because] so many people told me that. That's why, if you ask [Steve Sarkisian], he didn't go. He had a chance to go. You're just so far behind other clubs. You're waiting for [Davis] to wake up and come to work at 2 o'clock in the afternoon to make decisions that the rest of the league is making at 6 o'clock in the morning. You're still running videotapes over to the hotel so he can watch practice at night.”

Kiffin was also asked about Davis’ use of an overhead projector at the presser to announce Kiffin’s firing and if that was a metaphor for the way Davis runs his team.

“It was sad, really, to see somebody who's accomplished so much in his career and been such a powerful figure in the NFL ... to see that was actually pretty sad to watch,” Kiffin said. “But you're exactly right, an overhead projector -- that describes the pace that you're dealing with of the way an organization is being run.”

Of course, you have to consider the source, considering Kiffin flaked out at the University of Tennessee before taking the head coaching job at Southern California and then tried to hire a Titans coach behind Jeff Fisher's back. And though some of what he says comes off as cruel, he’s not necessarily wrong.

But remember, when Davis fired Kiffin, he held a news conference in which he basically ripped the hell out of Kiffin and pointed out all his deficiencies, saying, “I think he conned me like he conned all you people.”

Kiffin, I’m sure, hasn’t forgotten that. And, like I said, Davis is not a hard figure to find if you want to take your shots at him. It's actually pretty sad that Kiffin has decided he wanted to pick on his 82-year-old former boss.

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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 3:08 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

I thought Al was just a woken up beast when Lame got fired, but it seemed like everything he said about him was legit so Lame can go **** himself.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:59 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

*Al Davis is an NFL Hall of Famer. They just don't put anyone in Canton. And granted the Raider team has fallen on hard times since losing in the Super Bowl to Jon Gruden's Tampa Bay team. Didn't Davis hire Gruden, an unknown. As well as Mike Shanahan, an unknown? Didn't he have the guts to hire the 1st black head coach in the NFL?

Hard to take anything that Lane Kiffin takes seriously. He is a coaching whore who used the Vols to get to USC. And left that SEC team in shambles and under NCAA investigation. Only to take over a team that is already in the middle of sanctions and faces the death penalty with one more foul-up, a strong likelihood with Kiffin at the helm.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:53 pm

Kiffin vs. The Crypt Keeper

True, Davis may be an easy target as a doddering 82-year old, but he's been a bastard for decades. It's about time someone fired back at him. Age is no excuse for being a miserable tyrant. 

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:16 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Madden was hired to coach the Raiders in 69. Davis coached them had been hired as the coach in 62. Not sure when Davis stopped coaching.

Since: Aug 27, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:50 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Satan. True john madden started coaching the raiders in the 60's he didn't win the super bowl til 76 . Guess hawkman doesn't know the games history. Either. Lol

Since: Aug 27, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:44 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

The Cryptkeeper is still hanging on , just like a tick in a possums a$$

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:40 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Royal, no one's questioning his right to have a say in his own team.  People are questioning his moves, the way that he runs the organization, his theory behind drafting players for the team.  And frankly, he's still living in the past and making decisions based on what made him so successful as a coach.  Those days are long gone and the NFL has changed drastically since his coaching days.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:25 am

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

He owns the team, why shouldn't Davis have any say on personnel?  Because he's old like Bob Kraft and Jerry Jones?  Frankly it took a fake tuck rule play against the Raiders for the Pats to get anywhere meaningful.  It takes Al Davis personnel like Ron Wolf and Charles Woodson to put Green Bay over the top as well.       

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:23 am

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Sorry..the "Too funny, I love it" was for livereater.

;     &nbs
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bsp;     &
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p;      - Al Davis

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:21 am

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Too funny!!!! I love it!

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