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Phil Simms says Al Davis offered him coaching job

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 11:01 pm
Millen, Simms and Mayock all reportedly had job offers from Al Davis. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Phil Simms' NFL career spanned 14 seasons, all with the New York Giants, and it included two Super Bowl wins. After he retired in 1994, Simms transitioned from the playing field to the broadcast booth, where he's been ever since. Turns out, Simms had other post-NFL opportunities, too. During Wednesday's Inside the NFL, Simms admitted that Al Davis once offered him a coaching gig.

"He did offer me to become a Raiders coach, and to be their head coach," Simms said, according to USA Today.

"And I got interviewed over the phone for many, many hours. I don't know if it's a compliment, maybe it says something about him that's not good," he added kiddingly, though he didn't specify the time frame of the discussions.

"Of course I turned it down -- I'm glad I did -- because I would truly ... how bitter would I be if I'd been hired and got fired a few times?" Simms laughed.

Al Davis, the longtime Raiders owner who died Saturday, had a history of making unconventional job offers. In 2007, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock was rumored to be in the running for Raiders personnel director.

"Al Davis had expressed an interest in me a year ago," Mayock told the Philadelphia Daily News at the time… "At that point, I told him the timing was not good for me and kind of backed out of it early. So I don't know what [the job] could have been or couldn't have been."

And last Sunday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported that Matt Millen, the man whose stint as the Lions' general manager can kindly be described as a "reign of terror" (and recently spawned this), turned down an offer from Davis to work for the Raiders after Detroit pink-slipped him.

Of the three, Millen would've easily been the worse hire. And in general, you make that statement about Millen and any two other people you can think of.

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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:17 am

Phil Simms says Al Davis offered him coaching job

Hey Phil Simms ... AD's death is not about you ... zip it ... I guess you have been working with Jim Nantz too long.

Hey Mike Mayock ... AD's death is not about you either (although you can be excused because your quote is dated to a previous time) ... still, zip it ... you with your earth-shattering, over-simplified analysis of the most mundane football activity is lucky to have a job.  Boring.

Hey Matt Millen ... AD's death is definitely not about you ... but I get it because you played stellar for the Raiders back in the day ... however, zip it ... just because ESPN gives you a platform to talk about college football does not mean football fans forget your ineptitude as a general manager.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:13 am


If Davis actually asked Matt Millen to work after his "performance" with the Lions, it means that William Clay Ford just lost the only owner in the NFL less competent than he is.  Luckily for the Lions, whoever is keeping WCF "alive" in an extended "Weekend at Bernie's" scenario is making better decisions than WCF ever did.  

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