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Old 09-30-2008, 08:05 PM  
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Al Davis' letter to Kiffin

Anyone else think Al is lying in several of these statements?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

Here is the text of a letter provided by the Oakland Raiders that owner Al Davis said he gave to Lane Kiffin on Sept. 12, telling him that if he violated terms of his contract he would be fired for cause:

September 12, 2008

By Hand Delivery and Federal Express

Dear Lane:

Over the past months, you have made a number of public statements that were highly critical of, and designed to embarrass and discredit, this organization, its players and its coaches. I left you alone during training camp in hopes that you would cease your immature and destructive campaign.

However, you continue to make public statements that are critical of the organization, its players as whole as well as individual players. Such statements constitute conduct detrimental to the Raiders and I will no longer stand silently by while you continue to hurt this organization.

Further, your contract is quite clear that you work “subject to the direction and supervision of the General Partner” and that the General Partner has “the exclusive right to do all things, which in its sole discretion are necessary to maintain and improve the Club, the football organization and their activities.”

I realized when I hired you that you were young and inexperienced and that there would be a learning process for you. Your mistakes on player personnel and coaches were overlooked based on our patience with you. But I never dreamt that you would be untruthful in statements to the press as well as on so many other issues. Your actions are those of a coach looking to makes (sic) excuses for not winning, rather than a coach focused on winning.

For example, with the exception of Gibril Wilson, you were involved in recruiting all free agents and determining salaries for them and you were explicit about your desire to sign Javon Walker and DeAngelo Hall amongst others. All were a must to sign in your eyes, Hall, in particular, because he played for Greg Knapp in Atlanta and Knapp gave him high grades. Do not run from that now.

I do realize that you did not want us to draft JaMarcus Russell. He is a great player. Get over it and coach this team on the field, that is what you were hired to do. We can win with this team!

In regards to your recent fabrications about the defense, during the final cuts you made every cut on offense and every cut on defense except for (Fred) Wakefield on defense and (Seth) Wand on offense. Furthermore, during the game Monday night (defensive coordinator) Rob (Ryan) played your Cover-2 defense and we got killed on an approximately 50-yard touchdown pass and an approximately 70-yard gain that led to a field goal.

You meet every week with the defensive coaches to go over both the past game and to get a general feel for what will happen during the week in practice. You have the ability and authority to provide your input during those meetings and the preparation of the game plan. I do not have weekly meetings with Rob—you do.

During the week no one has ever told you what to do on either offense or defense. In addition, no one has ever told you during a game what to do on either offense or defense and you call every play on offense. During a game if you want to blitz more, all you have to do is let Rob know what blitz you want and he will do it.

Although you continue to use the media to express your dissatisfaction with others, no one has publicly pointed out to you that in four preseason games and one regular-season game played this year, your offense has scored one first-half touchdown. That put tremendous pressure on the defense.

I know that you wanted to bring your father in to run the defense and that Monte told me that he wanted to come here even though he as (sic) under contract to Tampa. However I did not want to tamper with another team. In any event that was over seven months ago. Do not now also run from the defense and your responsibilities.

This letter constitutes notice that if you further violate any term of your contract, in any manner whatsoever, you will be terminated for cause. I trust that this will not occur.

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:06 PM   #2
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:18 PM   #3
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:22 PM   #4
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:24 PM   #5
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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Does anyone else find this ironic? I dunno, I just wouldn't have guessed Al Davis to be the kinda guy to just sit silently by.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:46 PM   #7
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I think I smell a rat.

Or, maybe Al should change his Depends just in case.

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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That is an example of documentation for cause. He is trying to build a case to get his money back after firing him... sneaky little snake.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:53 PM   #9
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Public comments like this are great for overall team cohesion.

Has Al named a successor yet?

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:53 PM   #10
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:57 PM   #11
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You know... when you think your franchise has hit rock bottom... there's always the Raiders.

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:58 PM   #12
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You know... when you think your franchise has hit rock bottom... there's always the Raiders.

(And I don't wanna hear about last week... it's much bigger than that.)
Yep. This kind of thing makes the Gonzo flap look like a sandbox dispute.

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Old 09-30-2008, 09:06 PM   #14
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I commend you Coach Kiffin for hanging in as long as you did dealing with your boss the mad man. It may hurt today, but you will be a highly sought commodity after the season is over or maybe even now, wish it was at KC. To survive the dealings of the madman for as long as you did is a quantitative accomplishment and will not be overlooked by other teams. Good luck in the future and glad to see you out of that mess.
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:08 PM   #15
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Raider chick bride or not, I don't think Elway would take the job, Mr. Rain Man.

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