32, 32 again, 16, and finally 20. That is the number of games Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, and Lane Kiffin coached while at the helm of the Raiders. 15-17, 9-23, 2-14, and 5-15. Those are their records for those games.
As we all know, Al Davis is not a patient man. The Oakland Raiders have had five different head coaches the past eight years. And as we all know, Al Davis is not the smartest man in the world.
This morning on the 1530 Homer radio station, Richard Seymour was quoted as saying, "You can mark it down. The Raiders will be in the playoffs in 2009." Don't get me wrong, I am fine with Seymour saying this, but I am worried about one thing.
I think Al Davis will listen to this, and he will believe Seymour. And if push comes to shove, and the Raiders fall short of Seymour's remarks, then we might have a sixth coach in nine years.
Even though Davis said at Lane Kiffin's firing press conference that he knows the Raiders are "rebuilding," and that he knows the "Raiders probably won't make the playoffs in 2009".
But with Seymour's remarks, Old Al might just change his perspective on the matter. Lets hope he doesn't, because I feel that we have the best coach since Gruden in Cable and our best quarterback in Russell since Gannon.
And tearing apart that relationship Russell and Cable have will almost surely ruin another couple of seasons in Russell's career.