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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: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:42 am

Lane, I am your faw-thuh

am i right or qrong?

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:41 am

Star Wars rule

all you have to do is watch the Star Wars movies to know the frail, evil intentioned, greedy, mean spirited old guy with the crookedly pointy finger and 10 year supply of viagra always loses.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:42 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

I cant beiieve Al Davis is still alive. He's been looking like he's about to drop day any second for the last 15 years. 

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:32 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Madden won in the sixties , flores won in the early eighties and yes gruden has said it is almost impossible to win with davis "... No doubt kiffin has a questionable character , but the game has passed al davis by and the raiders proud franchise won't win again until he is dead or gets alzheimers like the boss did and is unable to interfere with the team operations anymore

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:22 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Kiffin is an idiot, places that he doesn't have full control or national spotlight(Oakland, Tennessee) he hides his tail between his legs and leaves.  At USC, it is so easy for him to get top notch players because he has no cpmpetiton for recruiting.  I still don't understand how he was able to grab the job at USC.  It has been impossible for him to win anywhere.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:19 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

madden and flores was before the game passed davis by,when he had common sense.the fact is,raiders been a joke the last 10 years.the fact they let nahmdi go is proof of that.cable was turning things around so davis had to fire him.both kiffen and davis are scumbags anyway,i hope they boyh fail.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:18 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Al Davis is obsessed with winning football games.  He wants to win right now, and doesn't have the patience to wait a year or two for the team and/or coaching staff to develop.  That's why the Raiders have been so awful since losing Super Bowl XXXVII.  Al Davis wants another John Madden, Ken Stabler, Jim Plunkett, and Howie Long, and he wants them to perform at that level right now.  Look at how many high quality draft picks the Raiders have wasted, expecting instant results from guys who have only college level experience.  And then there's the head coaching situation.  Al Davis gives his new head coaches two to three years to produce a winning team, or they're fired.  Al Davis needs to quit micromanaging the team, hire talented people, and then let those talented people do their jobs without interference.  Judge them on the results they produce, and in the meantime, sit back and enjoy watching the game.  Oh, and go Raiders!

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:04 pm

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Ask Tom Flores, John Madden, or Jon Gruden if winning is impossible with Davis.  Kiffin is a silver spooned, baby boy, born loser

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