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Al Davis Asks Kiffin to Resign

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  1. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    Gee, wonder why no one wants to coach the Raiders? What a thankless job...

    Raiders owner Al Davis sent a letter to Lane Kiffin recently asking for the coach to resign, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.

    Kiffin has refused to resign, he told Mortensen.

    The Raiders finished 4-12 in Kiffin's first season as coach.

    Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3214665
  2. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Just saw it on NFL live...the Raiders should be sent to the Arena Football League.
  3. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Did they say why?
  4. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Raiders coach refuses to heed owner's call to resign
    By Chris Mortensen
    ESPN.com
    (Archive)
    Updated: January 25, 2008, 4:28 PM ET
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    Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has been pushing for Lane Kiffin to resign as his head coach and is considering Dennis Green as a potential replacement, sources close to Kiffin and the team told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

    Davis has gone so far to draft a letter of resignation for Kiffin to sign, a source said. Kiffin has refused to do so but has dared Davis to fire him instead.


    Kiffin, who was 4-12 in his first season as coach, has two years remaining on his contract at an estimated $2 million per year.

    In the letter sent to Kiffin's legal representatives, sources said Davis stated that only he would have control over his staff and full personnel decisions. According to a source close to Kiffin, Davis had promised Kiffin when he hired him that he would have more control over staff and personnel matters than recent Raiders coaches. Kiffin was allowed fire offensive assistants and to name his own staff when he took the job after the 2006 season.

    "I'm not going to comment on anything that has transpired in the past three weeks," Kiffin said from Mobile, Ala., where he and the Raiders staff are coaching the North team in the Under Armour Senior Bowl college all-star game.

    The Raiders had no immediate comment.

    Kiffn and Davis clashed near the conclusion of their postseason evaluation meetings when Kiffin expressed his desire to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, a source said. Ryan himself wanted out to join the New York Jets in a similar capacity, but the Raiders released a statement asking for speculation to cease about the defensive coordinator's future.

    Just this week at the Senior Bowl, Kiffin and Ryan both said their relationship was fine and expected to be coaching the team in 2008. However, Davis has not rescinded his request for Kiffin to step down, a source said.

    As for Green's candidacy, while team sources said Davis has reached out to the veteran coach, Green said Friday, "I haven't really talked to Al about any coaching job but, really, how many times has my name been mentioned every time something goes on with the Raiders?"

    Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN.
  5. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    Wow...what a screwy team that is.
  6. Duane

    Duane Active Member

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    Nice timing from Al. He waits until the good college jobs have been filled and then asks for Lane's resignation. That Al Davis is one class act.
  7. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    I posted this in the NFL Zone - why do we have that forum anyway? :D
  8. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    Goodell is big on suspensions. He should suspend Davis for being a moron. I just hope we dont have to deal wtih Jones in his dotage.
  9. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Maybe he will get a the job at Arkansas as Defensive Coordinator.
  10. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Man, I wish Al Davis owned the Cowboys! :lmao2: :lmao:
  11. IronCowboy

    IronCowboy Benched

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    A once great franchiese has turned to absolute garbage. This guy couldn't kick the bucket fast enough if I was a Raiders fan.

    EDIT: Don't laugh NYC, Jerry Jones IS the next Al Davis.
  12. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    Isn't Lane a offensive coach?
  13. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Wow. Davis has to be, by far, the worst sports owner in all of the world. I'd prefer the guys who run the Lions over that guy.

    He's clearly lost touch with reality, all together, and is now just a complete fool.
  14. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    He was the OC at USC before going to Oakland.
  15. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    You do not know this.
  16. JPM

    JPM Well-Known Member

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    Well the Crypt Keeper got his advice about a head coach from the same place one of our posters got his game predictions.
    [IMG]
  17. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    The Knicks owner is giving him a run for his money.
  18. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Yes. But he's got DC in his genes.:cool:
  19. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    I'd also add tahat just when I think the Raiders are beginning to take steps toward respectability, they decide to trash the whole program and decide to start anew.

    It's sad, really.
  20. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Does this mean Art Shell will be coaching the Raiders for a 3rd time?

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