Al Davis rips Tom Cable at Hue Jackson Press Conference – Video

January 20, 2011 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports, Videos

Al Davis roasted ex coach Tom Cable when introducing Hue JacksonIt is always an event when NFL patriarch and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis addresses the media. Hue Jackson’s welcome party soon turned into a brutal exit interview for ex-coach Tom Cable and one of the most entertaining press conferences you will ever see from an NFL owner.

I wonder how quickly into the press conference Hue Jackson was looking to get out of his new contract. If after listening to your new boss blast into the personal and off field character issues of his last head coach, admit to withholding pay from his last coach, and rip other ex-coaches doesn’t get you all warm and fuzzy about your new job than I don’t know what will. While most would celebrate someone being promoted to one of the most exclusive jobs in professional sports, you almost had a feeling that most people in the room were ready to offer Jackson their sympathies rather than congratulations.

I am not an Oakland Raiders fan but I love Al Davis. Whether you like what he says or not, his honesty in a world of secrecy is welcome by most NFL fans and media. I live in Philadelphia and as someone that is used to being fed more bologna by Eagles ownership and upper management than a preschool lunch. I think Al Davis candidness should be celebrated. Then again I am also not the guy who got ripped by Davis in a press conference for being a wife beater, guilty of domestic violence, a bad team influence, a liar, and a lazy head coach.

The highlights to the Al Davis press conference are endless and one must watch the entire video to appreciate Mr. Davis. Davis spends more time talking about the firing of Tom Cable than anything else. Davis says he let Cable more or less because Cable lied to him. Davis says that he went to Cable last season when the allegations from ESPN came out about Cable’s domestic violence and accused physical assault on former assistant Randy Hanson and asked him if that was it. According to Davis he was told that there were no other issues or skeletons in Cable’s closet. Davis then reveals that a woman who says she was mistreated by Cable filed a lawsuit against the Raiders. It appears from the press conference that it was this lawsuit that finally got Cable his walking papers.

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Davis goes on throughout the press conference to remind the media of all past indiscretions and accusations against Cable. One member of the media asked Al exactly what I (and probably everyone else) was thinking which was why he didn’t fire Cable in the middle of the season when he found out about the lawsuit and more of these accusations. Al responded that the team was .500, had a shot at the playoffs, and didn’t want to disrupt the chemistry of the team. In other words the Oakland Raiders wouldn’t put up with these continued accusations about their head coach being violent towards women…unless they were winning. A bit of hypocrisy wouldn’t you say?

There are some other great tidbits sprinkled throughout the press conference. One thing that Davis says he had a big problem with was Cable flying his girlfriend to games. As part of the ESPN report on Cable, he was accused of abusing women, one who said that he flew her to a game. Davis says that this  showed a lack of focus by Cable and really questioned his integrity as a head coach. I don’t know and I am hardly an NFL player but flying a wife, girlfriend, or family member to a game doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. The Super Bowl is the biggest NFL game of the year and probably lifetime for players and coaches yet they bring entire families to the game. I get where he is coming from, but at the same time I think he is stretching.

Davis readily admits to withholding paychecks from Cable. The Raiders reportedly owe Cable $120,000. Davis says he is holding that money because of the damage he is bringing upon the team due to the lawsuit mentioned earlier. I am certainly not a lawyer but I can’t imagine Al Davis has a leg stand on and will probably not only wind up paying Cable but have to pay him interest. This isn’t the first time Al Davis has pulled this kind of stunt. Lane Kiffin wound up filing a grievance in an attempt to recoup over $2 million in salary that Davis owed him when he was fired.

At the end of the day Al Davis can take shots at his ex-coaches but is there really anyone else to blame but Al Davis? Davis readily admits that the Raiders need to do a better job of background checks when asked that question by a reporter. He couldn’t be more right especially when only days after being hired Hue Jackson is already a part of a small controversy but a controversy nonetheless.

It isn’t clear what Jackson’s role exactly was but Jackson was ordered by the NFL this month to sever ties with a supplement company. Jackson reportedly pushed supplements from a company called S.W.A.T.S which stands for Sports With Alternatives To Steroids. The ruling came down due to the fact that some of the substances from S.W.A.T.S. contained banned substances in the NFL. Well it is better than being accused of beating up your wife and punching your assistant coach.

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Inside The Wheelhouse: You pulled a fast one Lane Kiffin!

January 14, 2010 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Lane KiffinWhen news broke on Tuesday night that Lane Kiffin would be leaving the University of Tennessee for the University of Southern California to become the new head coach there, only one thing ran through my head right away, wow Al Davis was right. This was the same Lane Kiffin that 14 months ago was passing his kool-aid to everyone at the University of Tennessee that he was going to turn the program around and more importantly beat the might Florida Gators. Now 14 months he, as Dennis Green would probably say, “is what we thought he was.”

Lane Kiffin is a coming off like one of the biggest d-bags in College Football history right now. While some would argue that title is held by Tim Tebow, it has now been passed to the new head coach of USC. Not only is Lane Kiffin taking his uber-hot wife Layla with him, but he’s “bringing the band back together” at USC by brining his father and top recruiter to USC. Not to mention the rumor that Norm Chow would be leaving UCLA to become the Offensive Coordinator in LA once again. “The band” is getting back together. But like many incarnations of the nWo, this has doomed written all over it.

Seriously why do these huge college football programs love the fact that they had/will be having Lane Kiffin as their head coach? The guy had a horrible head coaching record with the Oakland Raiders in the NFL and led the Tennessee Volunteers to a 7-6 record this season in College Football. Nothing screams to me that this guy is a genius. Kiffin is getting hired to these big time programs while small school coaches are fighting for the chance to prove that they can coach at a big time school.

Now back to Al Davis. The same crypt keeper who has all but killed the Oakland Raiders with his “amazing” management skills as an owner! JaMarcus Russell is tearing up the NFL, the Raiders once again made the playoffs and this was all in my Madden NFL 10 video game. Real life is a whole different story as they have made the Oakland Athletics the team of the town right now.

This same Al Davis who has given his touch of death to entire franchise because he still thinks it’s 1970 and John Madden is roaming his sidelines as head coach. No Al, that fat man coaching your team is Tom Cable. Let’s not forget what Al Davis said when he was writing up Lane Kiffin’s resignation letter for him back in 2008.

He called Lane Kiffin a liar and kudos to you Al Davis, you were exactly right. He made an entire Football program, a program that has given us the likes of Peyton Manning, believe that he was the guy to take them out of the small hole that was dug by the last couple of seasons. He wore the orange tie, had his hot wife go out to the tailgators outside the stadium and preached his word to his players & their faithful that times were A’ changing.

Oh they were, they were changing once a job that he wanted hit the table. He signed it quicker then Tiger Woods getting out of his house the early morning of Black Friday. In that moment he made the University of Tennessee nearly riot over his resignation to head to USC. While an ESPN would never show what the fans really thought, “big up’s” to & by keeping me abreast of how happy the Volunteers fans were last night. If they could they would have held Lane Kiffin at ransom from USC.

Lane Kiffin is what is wrong with College Football right now. You take a group of 18-24 men and make them believe in you, your coaches & the program. Once money comes knocking you bolt leaving them behind with most of them feeling betrayed. This may be a reason why College athletes once they enter the NFL holdout for so much cash (*cough* Michael Crabtree *cough*).

An unproven, lying, D-bag of a coach will be taking the reins of the best College Football programs in the United States on Wednesday. If Oakland and Tennessee aren’t enough evidence of what he has done in the past then we will be in form a trip during his time in LA. It will take Lane Kiffin quicker to destroy what Pete Carroll accomplished at USC, then it will for Pete Carroll to destroy everything what Mike Holmgren accomplished in Seattle.

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