Another Al Davis Protest Coming from Oakland Raiders Fans, but Will It Matter?

Tim PetersonCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 12:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis stands on the field before the game against the St. Louis Rams at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 12, 1995 in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 27-22. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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If Al Davis never saw the billboard message pleading with the organization to hire a general manager, he and the rest the Raiders brass will get a second dose of demonstrations from angry fans.


Sponsored by This is the second wave of protests from Raiders fans, who are looking for the organization to evolve like the rest of the NFL and hire a GM. The anti-Davis gathering will be held at Ricky’s Sports Grill, on Feb. 6 at noon.


Organizers of the event are also selling a limited amount of memorabilia for this offseason rally.


T-shirts will be sold and distributed at Ricky’s, and the proceeds will help fund the Web site or future protests against Davis’ failure to hire a front office football czar. (To be part of this event, log on to


While the folks at mean well, they don’t really understand one simple fact: Mr. Davis could give a sparrow’s fart in the wind about protesters.


It’s his team, and he’ll run it the way he wants to.


Now, I’m not saying that the 80-year-old Davis doesn’t need considerable help in righting the Raiders ship, but who’s up to the task?


John Madden, perhaps?


The cries for Madden have gone up since the Hall of Fame coach left his post on Sunday Night Football.


But Madden has said numerous times that he’s not interested in the job, and personally I think that’s the right call.


Madden’s been away from the game for too long and wouldn’t be able to deal with the specialization and long hours required.


Would Tim Brown, Rich Gannon, or Brent Jones be the answer?


They might be able upgrade the organization for a time, but for obvious reasons there’s no way Davis would go in that direction.


The real answer is hiding in plain sight. Hire somebody that is already deeply entrenched with the Silver and Black and is familiar with the job.


And I think I’ve got the answer...


The position of general manager of the Oakland Raiders is none other than the Crypt Keeper himself—AL DAVIS. There. Satisfied?


But didn’t Davis once say he was going to bring in somebody with ties to the organization to help with the day-to-day operations?


That’s true—and I think the name that was brought up was Satan.


So if you ask this reporter, I think Davis and the Raiders are doing a hell of a job running the franchise into the ground.


On the other hand, could Hue Jackson be that guy that leads the franchise back to prominence? We’ll, he doesn’t bleed Silver and Black, but he’s an upgrade over what they have.


The conventional wisdom says Davis made the hire to help groom JaMarcus Russell into becoming an NFL quarterback—as he did with Joe Flacco in Baltimore.


But what if Jackson fails with Russell and the offense improves dramaticly with another quarterback, like this past season?


We’ strange as this may sound, it may prompt Davis to fire Tom Cable and allow Jackson to become the team’s next head coach.


Besides, Davis could always say the the devil made him do it.