How Will the Tom Cable-Randy Hanson-Jawgate Affair Resolve for the Raiders?
Football is an emotional sport. Everyone has an opinion, from the fans, players, and coaches to journalists, and on down the line.
Bickering among coaches behind closed doors is common.
But hanging up the phone on your boss when he offers you the chance to save your job and career? Either you have something else lined up or you are way off in showing good judgment.
If the report is true that Randy Hanson hung up on Al Davis, that tells us Hanson is immature, way too emotional, and possibly a little unstable.
We can sympathize with the guy for being in pain. His jaw is apparently messed up, requiring hospital treatment at least twice. We can assume it's no joy to endure that kind of injury.
But the prospect that he's trying to sabotage his own career needs to be taken into account. At this point, it looks like Hanson has done just that.
If you are lucky enough to make it to the NFL coaching ranks in whatever capacity, you do your very best to stick with the program and behave like a professional. Hanson was a problem as a Raider. All indications are the guy was a loose cannon. Even for the Raiders organization, you have to show some common sense.
Being a problem child wasn't always the case. Brad Childress had good things to say about Hanson when he was with Minnesota, and he did enough with the Rams to convince Al to give him a job as an assistant DB coach with the Raiders.
This is no small feat. Any of us folks up here in the bleachers would be ecstatic to have such a job. Any of us would do a top-notch job (at least as best as we knew how).
Let's be realistic: We know it's tough working for Al Davis, and we know any college or NFL job is going to be insecure unless your team wins. You have to do your part and be a coaching team as much as your players on the field play as a team.
Hanson was undisciplined, shot his mouth off, wasn't the best of coaches, and caused problems until finally someone made it physical to put him in his place. It went too far, but that's life among emotional men in the same room when hierarchy fails to achieve order.
Al is no stranger to men butting heads. It is part of the game of football, on and off the field. In this case, Al Davis seems to have done the right thing. He explained his position of not wanting to intervene and undermine the head coach's decision to demote Hanson.
Al could have fired the guy, but instead, he offered Hanson a reprieve: Work in the film room as you were told, take a different job in the office (presumed to be scouting or personnel), or leave but stay on the payroll.
That seems rather generous of Al considering Hanson has established himself as the source of the problem (not Tom Cable or any other coaches).
Hanson's fatal error was in believing he could say and do as he pleased because he is a unique card in Al's deck in being a component of the Lane Kiffin firing.
Now, it is Hanson who must decide whether to take on his former comrades, the creaking, once proud battleship Raiders, or go it alone with the Napa police department and his hired attorney, none of whom has an emotional investment in anything.
My bet is Hanson will come to his senses and realize he betrayed his coaching brotherhood, acted like an idiot, and brought it all upon himself. Then he will approach Al with remorse, ask for forgiveness, and try to make this all go away when the NFL police come knocking.
Most importantly, I believe Hanson will stand in Al's corner with the Lane Kiffin mess.
Randy, you are a dumb cluck, but if anyone can forgive you, it is Al Davis. Get in the film room and keep your jaw wired.
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