Fire Al Davis

Listen, I got nothing against old people.  When I see an old man or woman sitting alone in the diner, I have to fight the urge to sit with them and just chat.  I always imagine they'd come to that dinner with their loved one every day for the fifty-one years of their marriage and now have continued the tradition as a loving tribute. 

But Al Davis must be stopped.  He is too old and out of touch to run an NFL franchise.  When he signed the mediocre Tommie Kelly to a seven-year, $50.5 million contract, we all laughed.  It's his money and - aside from leading to other silly contracts - it did not destroy the competitive balance of the sport.  Now Davis has given a 2011 first-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for the soon-to-be-thirty-years-old Richard Seymour.  A franchise with more missing parts than a stolen Buick in Newark has given up a first-round draft pick to acquire an aging player who has made his name playing a position (3-4 end) that does not exist on their football team (they run a 4-3).  Add in that he's set to be a free agent come the end of the season and you realize that the Raiders will be forced to overpay Seymour in order to refrain from losing the pick outright.

And that's not what bothers me.  What bothers me is they gave the pick to the best team/franchise in the sport.  How can other teams hope to reach the Pats' level of success when Davis is throwing them future top-ten picks and alleviating their salary concerns?  To realize the value of that pick, you need to look no further than difference at our quarterpack position this summer, as opposed to last summer.  First round draft picks - especially with coming changes to the league's salary structure - are gold to a ballclub.  What if this deal were made with the Packers or Vikings?  How angry would you be? 

At what point the league will burst through the door and force action is unknown.  But it needs to be soon.  Otherwise the Raiders will become the laughing stock off the field that they already are on it.     

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  • first.

    and lol....yea al needs to give it up

  • Thanks for putting HIM the crosshairs, Jeff!

    I've asked this question on "The Genius" before: HOW does he stay in CONTROL of that franchise?

    To refer to him as Raiders' "owner" is misleading. His title has always been "Managing General Partner". I believe his actual interest in the team was TINY (under 5 percent?) and that he recently SOLD that percentage! So how does he keep his position of absolute authority?

    Does he have pictures of the other shareholders performing lewd sex acts with hookers, dwarfs or farm animals?

    Do those who have opposed his rule "sleep with the fishes"?

    In addition to the mind-mumbing and market-skewing contracts and the parade draft busts you can add the comedy of his Head Coaching carousel of the last few years.

    And yet, he survives! I don't get it!

    Said THIS before but it is my MANTRA when speaking of the self-proclaimed football genius, Al Davis: George Halas INVENTED the NFL. George Halas actually PLAYED in the NFL. George Halas actually won Championships as a Head Coach and George Halas ACTUALLY OWNED a franchise. 100%. ALL of it. But even George Halas knew there was a time to "pass the torch" and let someone else run things. I think he came around to that idea a few seasons later than he might have but to his credit he eventually DID get there.

    Yes, Ralph Wilson is ancient, but at least when he hired guys like Bill Polian to run things, HE ACTUALLY LET THEM RUN THINGS!

    Al Davis not only THINKS he's god's gift to pro football, he apparently thinks he's freakin' IMMORTAL!

    "Commitment to Excellence"? A great motto that's been turned into a punch line.

    The Raiders need a committment all right. They need Al Davis committed to the "Old Genius Home". And I mean TODAY!

    Other than that, I have no opinion on this matter.

  • Did I mention the guy is a meglomaniac?

  • Al must be having a hard time selling tickets to watch that team play.Bringing in "Named" players must be his m.o. right now.OAK was just ranked as the least valuable franchise.
    Maybe the fans aren't buying into the QB or Heywood combo this season.
    1st rd pick is steep to pay for a guy on the back end of his career though.

  • Havent read in a couple days, but killer tofu made the practice squad. Also Basanez, are you kidding me, this guy didnt seem like he showed much to make the practice squad, maybe they just had no other choice for now.

    still would be glad to take back Brian G, but Rhodes for sure, I really want to see more stability in the backfield, if not this might cause a make or break season for the wolfman. I think our AP seems a little rejuvinated though going into this season and could surprize us all.

  • Nice post. My brother and I were just having a catch yesterday in Liberty State Park and talking about how Al Davis needs to sell that team and retire.

  • It's his team, thought it was free country ?

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