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NFL Football: Al Davis, What Happened to the Old Oakland Raiders?
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Only one team in the National Football League finished the regular season with an undefeated record within its division.

Yet, somehow, that coach is now looking for a new job.

If something absurd occurred with coaching changes and management turmoil, the likelihood of it unfolding in Oakland is pretty high.

Al Davis’ slogan, “Just Win, Baby,” is clearly alive and well.

Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, made a decision that has come with much speculation and one that should not be any surprise coming from him.

This time, while making his ultimate decision, Davis did not hold an obnoxious and memorable press conference in the likes of Lane Kiffin’s requiem.

A simple press release and a few quotes did the trick.

The only thing left to do was scratch your head, and wonder what old man Al was thinking.

Tom Cable, the now former head coach of the Raiders, brought Oakland’s pride and joy back to a respectable status in the NFL. Although the Silver and Black did not make the playoffs in the AFC, not many experts expected great success out of Cable or Davis’s franchise in 2010.

Cable finished with an 8-8 record, which is the best single season mark for Davis’s franchise since 2002’s Super Bowl appearance.

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Al Davis, during the eventful announcement and subsequent firing of Lane Kiffin.

Now, the Raiders were not a Super Bowl caliber team in 2010, but Cable resurrected the franchise from the dumps of the AFC West and turned Oakland back into a noteworthy team.

Can anyone even remember the last time the Raiders had even slightly positive media coverage for an entire season? It is certainly hard to think back that far, believe me.

Normally, when a franchise has struggled immensely like the Raiders have, top draft picks and incoming talent bring new life into an organization, yet Davis even managed to butcher that aspect of his beloved Raiders as well.

But somehow, Tom Cable managed to put the pieces into place and develop a winning attitude in Oakland once again. Each season under Cable, the Raiders improved their season record: From four wins to five and culminating with this year’s eight win season.

Who knows what Cable could have done with another year with the Raiders? But Davis didn’t want to wait any longer.

Apparently, when Cable displayed his best Butterbean impression in 2009 by punching out coaching assistant, Randy Hanson, that was more tolerable than an 8-8 season record.

However, who am I to judge the great Al Davis on his decision making process. Davis runs a franchise, albeit with plenty of furrowed brows and head scratching to boot, but a NFL franchise nonetheless.

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Jim Harbaugh looks good in black. Davis would be wise to throw the entire house and kitchen sink at the Stanford coach instantly.

Perhaps Al Davis is working back room deals with nearby Stanford headman, Jim Harbaugh, or even former Raider coach Jon Gruden. Then everyone second guessing Davis will be first in line to get one of his snazzy black and silver tracksuits.

If Davis pulls the trigger and continues to shoot blanks with someone like Hue Jackson or an even lesser commodity, then the saying, “The same old Raiders” will no longer refer to the great glory days of Kenny Stabler, Gene Upshaw and Marcus Allen winning Super Bowls.

Another comedic coaching carousel similar to Art Shell and Lane Kiffin earlier this decade will bring fans to tears, but not because of pain.

The Raiders will turn into the laughing stock of the NFL.

Although, that’s if Davis has not already given it is his best effort in doing so. 

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