NFL Football: Al Davis, What Happened to the Old Oakland Raiders?

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.

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.


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