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September 30, 2008 9:23 PM

A Raiders Chop block

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You can call me Al, or you can call me senile
Al Davis canned another head coach yesterday. The only creature on earth with a shorter life span than a tsetse fly would be a Raiders head coach. Just ask Mike Shanahan. How Al gets away with not paying his coaches full contract after he fires them is beyond me. One thing's for sure...It's time for Al to ride into the sunset and give the reins to somebody who is still playing with a full deck.

Once Upon a Time
Years ago I sat in front of Al Davis in the press box during a Broncos-Raiders game. Al liked to sit with the press when the Raiders were on the road. For some odd reason he enjoyed being among writers even though he couldn't stand most of them. Al sat at the back of the press box so that one of his cronies could stand behind him. Al's language was, shall we say, colorful. He interjected his insight on the game to his crony constantly. Then he would proceed to dissect the play at hand as only Al could. Out of nowhere you might hear him mutter something like "34 Red Rocket right blast Z. It's wide open. Their playing their safety too deep. 34 Red Rocket right blast Z. I'm telling you it'll kill 'em. Go, go." At that point the crony would shuffle off to the coaches box to relay the bosses command which would then be phoned down on the field to head coach, Tom Flores. Sure enough, two plays later "34 Red Rocket right blast Z" would go for 25 yards and the Raiders owner would spend the next three plays crowing about it. Al knew the game much better than any of his coaches did. That was then. This is now. The game has passed Davis by. Sometimes you just have to know when to hold 'em and when to fold them. Al, it's time to fold 'em. Feel free to comment.



Discussion

  • September 30, 2008

    10:34 PM

    Mike writes:

    As much as I hate the Raiders organization, it is a sheer pity Al Davis continues to ruin it by thinking he can still handle its operations. It is much better to have a strong rival than one gutted from within. The days of a Broncos/Raiders or other AFC West/Raiders slug-fest are gone, along with the intense feelings and spirit of these wonderful games.

    Al, please, give up the keys before someone gets hurt. You alone are now making your organization the laughingstock of the NFL. Your "commitment to excellence" must come from all levels, including you, the owner. If you still believe in that commitment, recognize it is time for you to stand aside. Please Al, do it for the Raiders, their fans, and the AFC West fans.

  • October 1, 2008

    8:58 AM

    good ol' george writes:

    What he said about the quarterback should apply to him as well.
    Al Davis must go down - and go down hard.

  • October 1, 2008

    9:42 AM

    admirable writes:

    I think KC needs to hire Lane Lane Kiffin right now, so all the non-Raider teams in the AFC West would have fired Raider coaches for
    their head coach.

  • October 1, 2008

    1:28 PM

    thebroncossuck writes:

    Why are Broncos fans so obsessed with Al Davis? Why do you all care what he does or doesn't do? Try worrying about your own team and keep trying to figure out why they just lost to the worst team in the NFL by 14 points. Keep trying to figure out why you have a quarterback who looks like he's stoned out on drugs all the time. I don't think it's because he's sleepy. Try figuring out why your star receivers can't hold onto the football. Try figuring out why Selvin Young won't get 1000 yards, much less the 2000 he predicted.

    Try figuring out why the Broncos are about to fall flat and end up 8-8 or worse.

  • October 1, 2008

    4:42 PM

    TheRaidersSuck writes:

    A lot of nerves to talk about the broncos like that after the stoner passed all over your defense! I think the record of 8-8 goes to the raiders if you guys get lucky! I am being really generous!

  • October 1, 2008

    4:56 PM

    Dave writes:

    Q1. Why are Broncos fans so obsessed with Al Davis?

    A1. First of all, he's the #1 Raider... and most true Bronco fans can't help but hate the Raiders. That goes all the way back to the 70's and 80's, friend. It's become encoded in our DNA

    Q2. Why do you all care what he does or doesn't do?

    A2. Because everything he does has a bearing on the basement of the AFC West. It's hard to build a mansion on a weak foundation.

    Point 1. Try worrying about your own team and keep trying to figure out why they just lost to the worst team in the NFL by 14 points.

    Counterpoint 1. If KC is the worst team in the league, then what does that make your Raiders? The Chiefs put up a better fight than your boys did. Remember 41-14?

    Point 2. Keep trying to figure out why you have a quarterback who looks like he's stoned out on drugs all the time. I don't think it's because he's sleepy.

    Counterpoint 2. You got me there. Maybe he stays up late watching film. Don't start hating on a guy because he's good.

    Point 3. Try figuring out why your star receivers can't hold onto the football.

    Counterpoint 3. Um... wha? Marshall and Royal are 1 and 2 in the AFC in receptions with 1 measly fumble apiece. If you want to say that's a bad thing, then I'm okay living with a bad thing.

    Point 4. Try figuring out why Selvin Young won't get 1000 yards, much less the 2000 he predicted.

    Counterpoint 4. Heck, this one's easy. Listen carefully.. it's called r-u-n-n-i-n-g... b-a-c-k... r-o-t-a-t-i-o-n. Nobody's gonna get 2000 yards sharing a backfield with two other guys. As a whole, I think the Broncos are running the ball well.

    Point 5. Try figuring out why the Broncos are about to fall flat and end up 8-8 or worse.

    Counterpoint 5. Oh, this one hurts my feelings. The Raiders feeling lonely in the basement? They say misery loves company. Oakland needs all the company they can get.

    Now go back outside and play.

  • October 1, 2008

    5:05 PM

    thebroncossuck writes:

    Umm....I'm not a Raiders fan dude.

    In what part of my post did I say I was a Raiders fan?

    not very wise, are you? Try reading before you bang on the keyboard.

    I really enjoyed most of your response, but it still doesn't change the fact that the Broncos got used and abused by the 2nd suckiest team in the NFL this season. The Suckiest? I give you the 2008 Denver Broncos who's real record is 1-3 with the worst defense in the league.

  • October 1, 2008

    8:05 PM

    BroncoFan24 writes:

    Who cares about the Raiders? The Broncos have their own problems to deal with. Like a defense who can't stop either the run or the short and medium passes. We have a quarterback who is still making dumb rookie decisions on the field, and it's his 3rd year in the league. We have no pass rush for, what, the 4th or 5th straight year? We have the Chargers on our heels and they're looking like they did during the last half of last season, which should scare the bejesus out of the Broncos.
    The Broncos and their fans have plenty on their own plate right now. They do not have the luxury of worrying about what Al Davis is doing.
    The focus should be soley on Tampa Bay. I'm not optimistic about the Broncos being 4-1 after this weekend. I'll believe it when I see it.

  • October 2, 2008

    7:43 AM

    Dave writes:

    @BroncoFan24

    I understand your fears. Any real fan would have 'em after watching the D give up so many points. But I would have to respectfully disagree with you on your assessment of Cutler. Sure he threw two interceptions on back-to-back passes. That'll happen when you're trying to force the ball to your biggest playmaker. But he adjusted his game after that, looking more to Royal (9 rec / 108 yds) and Stokley (7 rec / 80 yds).

    It's easy to get frustrated when you watch the offense cough the ball up 4 times in a game, but have a little more faith in Cutler. If stats are any indication, and they usually are, he's doing fine. Shanny just needs to roll his sleeves up and figure out how to fix that D. =]

  • October 2, 2008

    8:22 AM

    James writes:

    Jay Cutler was the AFC Offensive Player of the Month of September?

    I'll agree that his play was offensive.

    3 DUMB interceptions. DUMB. And a FUMBLE that in a real world, actually would have cost the Broncos a victory. But in the strange world that is the NFL, a refs whistle negates the obvious and true.

    Yes, his play was definitely offensive.

    Can we please have a new quarterback for Christmas?

  • October 2, 2008

    11:11 AM

    Bill writes:

    Cutler has an ego problem that will only be tamed when Shanahan gets some balls and yanks him out of the game for a series when he tosses one of his stupid INT's. It should serve as a wake up call that the job is his for now, but he needs to grow up and stop forcing things that aren't there. I think Jay's ego is going to be his downfall. He thinks he's better than he is. That kind of thinking has ruined the careers of many NFL players.

  • October 3, 2008

    8:05 AM

    Thrawn writes:

    --->"The Broncos and their fans have plenty on their own plate right now. They do not have the luxury of worrying about what Al Davis is doing.
    The focus should be soley on Tampa Bay. "<---

    Call me crazy, but I don't think the fate of the Broncos depends on where the focus of the fans
    lie.

    As for Cutler, I actually had pretty low expectations of him this year and have been pleasantly surprised for the most part... aside from the couple of mistakes he made last week.

    Name one quarterback who can play a mistake free season.

  • October 5, 2008

    3:29 AM

    LOL @ TheBroncosSuck writes:

    LOL. Hey Mr. "TheBroncosSuck"! The Bigger question is this: "Why does a bronco hater spend so much time reading about Denver Sports, following the Broncos, spending time on Bronco Blogs and Message boards?"

    If you hate the Broncos and their fans so much, then why do you spend so much time obessing over what Bronco fans say and do? Who cares if we spend time hating Al Davis. What is it to you? if you don't like the broncos, dont' tune in..if you hate the fans, then stop coming here and giving us your lame opinions. Why don't you spend more time on message boards dedicated to the team of your choice.

    I love how this loser comes in here, talks trash about our team, but doesn't have the balls to tells us which team is his favorite.

  • October 5, 2008

    1:52 PM

    TheBroncosSuck writes:

    "If you hate the Broncos and their fans so much, then why do you spend so much time obessing over what Bronco fans say and do?"

    Because it's fun to get Bronco fans all defensive about how much their team sucks.

  • October 5, 2008

    11:36 PM

    lol@ the BroncosSuck writes:

    "Because it's fun to get Bronco fans all defensive about how much their team sucks."

    Nice try. What is more funny to us is seeing Mr.
    "TheBroncoSuck" get all upset and seeing his blood pressure go up over everything bronco fans say or do. It is obvious that you're the defensive one. Your first post on this topic was how much it bothers you that Bronco fans pay attention to Al Davis.


    So who is you favorite team exactly? I'm sure you answer is something REALLY CLEVER like "Whoever is playing the Broncos" lol. If that's you answer than your "whoever is playing the Broncos" favorite team sucks worse because you're "favorite team" is 1-4 against the Broncos this year. lol...BroncosSuck?? Haha YOU suck. lol...what a loser.

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