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League loses good football man

Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:05 am
 

I was getting on a plane when I saw the news:

Raiders owner Al Davis was dead.

I didn't know Davis very well, only dealing with him occasionally at league meetings, but I always found him fascinating.

He knew football.

I loved that about him.

Yes, he had his faults. And, yes, there are still questions about how he finagled ownership of the Raiders, but Davis was a football man turned owner.

That made him intriguing to me.

I've read countless books about the Raiders and their mystique. I loved the "Just Win, Baby" approach.

In recent years, it's been far from that for the franchise. Did Davis mettle too much? You bet. But remember he was a football man through and through. There are some who insist Davis ran the defense for years after he left coaching.

He couldn't get away.

We lost a big piece of NFL history Saturday.

Just Sad, Baby.

Category: NFL
Tags: Al Davis
 
Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:16 pm
 

League loses good football man

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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:11 pm
 

League loses good football man

I think the Raiders will give autonomy to the defensive coordinator, and this will usher them into the modern game.
There current coordinator has already been running "modern game" schemes... New England was eating up their ZONE defense.... Maybe man to man would have been a better choice.....



Anyways, I didnt agree with a lot of things the old man did, but I have always admired and valued him and his passion to win, and his stubborn rebellion..... R.I.P. Mr. Davis, you will be missed... 



Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:14 pm
 

League loses good football man

It's a shame that the past few years, the only time Al Davis' name was mentioned was when people were talking about how poor his personnel moves were. Maybe now people will focus on all the great things he did for the game. RIP.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:02 pm
 

League loses good football man

I think the Raiders will give autonomy to the defensive coordinator, and this will usher them into the modern game.  The Raiders have a very good team, but their flaws are enhanced by their style of play.  They have a lot of good momentum, but the defense surprisingly is leagues behind the offense.  A great example of Al on the defense is Ryan (DC for the Cowboys).  He was our coordinator and ran about the same defense we see on the Raiders now.  With the Cowboys he's dynamic. 

Al's greatness and importance to American Professional Football is unquestioned; he gave a historic franchise its legs.  Now its time to let it run.  Just Win Baby. 


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