As everyone has probably now heard, the Oakland Raiders fired head coach Lane Kiffin on Tuesday. This ends what can only be termed as a standoff between Kiffin and Raiders owner Al Davis. There was no face to face confrontation just a phone call, but Davis did call Kiffin a liar at his press conference. Kiffin seems to have had his players support, as they seemed to be playing hard even in their losses, but Davis seems to think someone else can do better. So now, where do the Raiders go from here?
The Raiders are 20-64 since they went to the Super Bowl in 2002. Tom Cable the interim head coach is the sixth coach in seven years. Not a whole lot of stability there. I understand coaching changes, you need to find the right person to lead your team. Sometimes things just don't work out, but this is unreal. The Raiders have gotten two highly rated draft picks recently in JaMarcus Russel and Darren McFadden, this team should be getting better.
What is the real problem?I haven't followed the Raiders too closely in years. I considered myself a "fan" during the early 90's all the times they seemed to lose to Buffalo in the AFC championship. I don't have any 'favorite' pro team now, but I do still like to watch the Raiders. Over the past few years it has gotten hard though. It seems to me that Al Davis the owner of this team is a big part of the problem. I could be wrong but keeping a coach around might help things. Even professional players will need time to adjust when a new 'system' is put into place. Everyone knows that each coach will want to change things to 'his way' and that will take time to adjust. Al please, if you want your team to have success, give them some stability. If you can't find a coach you like then just do it yourself. Does Al Davis have any coaching experience anyway? At this point the Raiders organization appears to be out of control. I wish Tom Cable luck as he tries to get this team back on track. Just remember Coach Cable...winning fixes everything.
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