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Al Davis…WTF

The owner of the Raiders fires his coach claiming cause, refusing to pay him because he spread “propaganda.” On to the fifth coach in six years for Al Davis. Check out this unhinged lunatic.

He put on an OVERHEAD PROJECTOR (seriously, I guess those still exist) this letter denouncing ex-coach Lane Kiffin:

“I realized when I hired you that you were young and inexperienced and that there would be a learning process for you. Your mistakes on player personnel and coaches were overlooked based on our patience with you. But I never dreamt that you would be untruthful in statements to the press as well as on so many other issues. Your actions are those of a coach looking to makes (sic) excuses for not winning, rather than a coach focused on winning.

For example, with the exception of Gibril Wilson, you were involved in recruiting all free agents and determining salaries for them and you were explicit about your desire to sign Javon Walker and DeAngelo Hall amongst others. All were a must to sign in your eyes, Hall, in particular, because he played for Greg Knapp in Atlanta and Knapp gave him high grades. Do not run from that now.

I do realize that you did not want us to draft JaMarcus Russell. He is a great player. Get over it and coach this team on the field, that is what you were hired to do. We can win with this team!

In regards to your recent fabrications about the defense, during the final cuts you made every cut on offense and every cut on defense except for (Fred) Wakefield on defense and (Seth) Wand on offense. Furthermore, during the game Monday night (defensive coordinator) Rob (Ryan) played your Cover-2 defense and we got killed on an approximately 50-yard touchdown pass and an approximately 70-yard gain that led to a field goal.

You meet every week with the defensive coaches to go over both the past game and to get a general feel for what will happen during the week in practice. You have the ability and authority to provide your input during those meetings and the preparation of the game plan. I do not have weekly meetings with Rob — you do.

During the week no one has ever told you what to do on either offense or defense. In addition, no one has ever told you during a game what to do on either offense or defense and you call every play on offense. During a game if you want to blitz more, all you have to do is let Rob know what blitz you want and he will do it.”

The hilarious line about DeAngelo Hall aside, this letter makes me wonder what the hell is up with Al Davis and Rob Ryan? Kiffin tried to fire Ryan in the offseason and Davis told Kiffin go eff himself. He’s mentioned half a dozen times in the letter. Yet the new head coach is the O-line guy? How does that make any sense?

Al added many other bizarre remarks during the press conference. The one thing I wish they’d put in the video is Davis apparently ranting about (Chris) “Mortensen” breaking stories. Goddamn Mortensen!!

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About Alpine McGregor
Just like you, man. I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. All in the game, though, right?

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