Al Davis's Rehiring of Randy Hanson Sends a Clear Message to Oakland Raiders
In case you didn't know Randy Hanson was thrown across a room at the Raiders training camp headqaurters at the Napa Valley Marriott by Raiders head coach Tom Cable and suffered a broken jaw.
Hanson made this statement:
"From my blind side, Tom Cable threw me from my chair and into a piece of furniture that a lamp sat upon," Hanson said. "He was screaming, 'I'll [expletive] kill you! I'll [expletive] kill you!' And I have no reason to believe he wouldn't have killed me if they hadn't pulled him away.
"If my head would've hit a different way, I might be dead right now."
Hanson has been a huge distraction for the Raiders all season; hes filed criminal charges against Cable, threatened to sue the Raiders, and now has a civil suit pending against Raiders head coach Tom Cable. And he is ultimately what encouraged multiple women from Tom Cables' past to come forward in accusing Cable of abuse.
Some have even suggested that Hanson attempted to extort Al Davis and the Raiders for money in exchange for his silence.
So after all that why would the Raiders even consider re-hiring this guy?
Simple, send a clear message to Tom Cable, the Raiders and the fans.
Randy Hanson grew up a Raider fan and his dream has always been to coach the Raiders. As an assistant DB coach Hanson has always shown his loyalty to Al Davis and played a big role in the Kiffin firing. As Hanson was the inside man, or snitch, who relayed information to Al Davis about the Kiffin coaching staff. And in the end testified against Kiffin on Al Davis's behalf.
Now all Al is doing is repaying Hanson for the loyalty and support he has shown.
He is also sending a clear message to Cable that he is on the hot seat and his job isn't safe. In the next four weeks Tom Cable will have to earn his job with wins or be shown the door. Otherwise Hanson may very well have an even bigger role in the Cable firing than he did in the Kiffin firing.
Al Davis in turn has put Tom Cable and the Raiders in a must win situation.
Clearly Al Davis is not at all against doing Cable like he did Kiffin and Shanahan...Fired for cause without pay.
In which case I wouldn't be surprised if Al Davis sided with Hanson in his civil suit against Cable, he may even offer legal aid. Hanson sided with Davis in court against Kiffin, why would Al Davis return the favor?
If he could fire Kiffin and Shanahan without paying them. Then given all the dirt he has on Cable, firing him without pay would be a cake walk.
What better way to motivate someone than by threatening both there lively-hood and what little reputation he has remaining.
Cable now knows that if he doesn't get his shit together and win a few more games, starting this Sunday against the Redskins, then he is as good as gone. And with multiple women accusing him of abuse, and the Randy Hanson case still pending Cable likely will never work in the NFL again.
The Randy Hanson hiring could very well be a pre-cursor to the Tom Cable firing. It wouldn't be a surprise at all if Randy remains with the Raiders next year and Tom Cable doesn't.
Some have even suggested that Al Davis made his decision weeks ago made as Tom Cable sealed his own fate the day he benched JaMarcus Russell. And the Randy Hanson re-hire just confirms this.
And Tim Kawakami(who I despise) recently suggested that Al Davis is in the process of making a decision between Tom Cable and JaMarcus Russell. One must go. Either Al Davis will find a coach who can succeed with Russell at QB or finally give up on his prized first round draft pick.
Maybe they should just settle it Thunder Dome style..."Two men enter one man leave."
Davis has also sent a message to the fans, namely the ones at MessagetoAl.com who put up a bill-board asking Al to step down.
He is telling them and everyone that this is his team and he will run it however he damn well pleases. He is also letting the world know that he doesn't care what anyone has to say about it. In doing so he is declaring complete and utter dominance over his team.
Sure the message sent to him by those disenfranchised fans was heard loud and clear. But, Al Davis doesn't care. Over 40,000 signatures, a bill-board, a local newspaper ad and a few thousand in donations mean nothing to Al Davis. Everyone who supported the petition is wasting there time and money.
Al Davis owns the Raiders and that isn't going to change anytime soon. And now he owns Tom Cable and Randy Hanson as well.
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