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Lane Kiffin Rips Al Davis

Many people have criticized Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis for making several curious decisions.  Former Raiders head coach and current USC head coach Lane Kiffin turned up the heat a notch by blasting Davis.

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The Oakland Raiders went 8-8 last season.  That doesn’t sound like much but it was a dramatic improvement for a franchise that was 29-83 over the previous seven seasons.  Several people have suggested that the Raiders will never enjoy success until their owner is no longer in control of the team.  Lane Kiffin would agree with this theory.

Kiffin ripped Davis in an interview with ESPN’s Thomas Neumann.  “It is almost impossible.  I don’t know why I didn’t listen, [because] so many people told me that.  That’s why, if you ask [Steve Sarkisian], he didn’t go.  He had a chance to go.  You’re just so far behind other clubs.  You’re waiting for [owner Al Davis] to wake up and come to work at 2 o’clock in the afternoon to make decisions that the rest of the league is making at 6 o’clock in the morning.  You’re still running videotapes over to the hotel so he can watch practice at night.”

It’s no secret that the Raiders are not exactly a tightly run ship with Al Davis at the helm.  However, Lane Kiffin needs to turn the page and move on.  Kiffin was able to parlay the opportunity he got to coach the Raiders into being the head coach at the University of Tennessee.  He is now the head coach at USC.  The guy hasn’t had much success at any level as a head coach, yet he still gets high-profile jobs.  Although the Raiders gig wasn’t the best opportunity ever for Kiffin, it has led to other opportunities.  Get over it, Lane.

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