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RDSdaEAGLE 01-10-2008 01:18 AM

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Originally posted by pauldrulez
Yeah, Just saw that on SSN.

I think he will get another job, the Raiders haven't been anywhere near as bad as I thought they would be in all honesty.

According to the ESPN podcast, he was already touting himself around some of the college teams. I have a feeling that's where he'll end up.

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 12:10 PM

Oh my God.

I forgot how old Al Davis looked :eek:

That picture on NFL.com on the rolling bar makes him look about 110

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 12:21 PM

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.

jazman 01-10-2008 01:16 PM

Damn, I fear for the Bungals visiting Texas Stadium this weekend. They could be about to get the brunt of the Cowboys loss to the Skins last week.

A few interesting match ups this week, one I have picked is teh Titans travelling to Miami. Could the Dolphins bye week been at a worse time for them after beating the Pats. Another couple to note are the Pats travelling to the 49ers and the Skins going to Philly - now thats one I want to watch!

saxoneagle 01-10-2008 02:30 PM

You going to do a blog soon, jaz?

Strathclyde Eagle 01-10-2008 02:54 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
A few interesting match ups this week, one I have picked is teh Titans travelling to Miami. Could the Dolphins bye week been at a worse time for them after beating the Pats. Another couple to note are the Pats travelling to the 49ers and the Skins going to Philly - now thats one I want to watch!
I'm not tipping the Titans to win this week in Miami, because they should be in Baltimore playing the Ravens. :D

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/teams/...=ten&year=2008

The Chargers are visiting South Florida on Sunday.

We all make mistakes... and we're all picked up on them. Couldn't resist, sorry.

saxoneagle 01-10-2008 02:58 PM

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Originally posted by Strathclyde Eagle
I'm not tipping the Titans to win this week in Miami, because they should be in Baltimore playing the Ravens. :D

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/teams/...=ten&year=2008

The Chargers are visiting South Florida on Sunday.

We all make mistakes... and we're all picked up on them. Couldn't resist, sorry.


I knew it was too good to be true. Ocho Toolo strikes again! :D

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 02:58 PM

I done my picks a couple of days ago.

3 or 4 of the games are incredibly hard to choose and may have to wait for the Injury Reports before I will be happy.

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 03:01 PM

DU DU DU WE GOT OCHO TOOLO ;)

It is my aim not to make any stupid comments for this week.

Kevin O'Connell - Superbowl XLIII MVP ;)

saxoneagle 01-10-2008 03:22 PM

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Originally posted by pauldrulez
DU DU DU WE GOT OCHO TOOLO ;)

It is my aim not to make any stupid comments for this week.

Kevin O'Connell - Superbowl XLIII MVP ;)

Well, that lasted long, Paul :D

saxoneagle 01-10-2008 03:39 PM

Cedric Benson signed by the Bengals. Anyone else surprised the Steelers didn't make a move?

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 03:40 PM

:D You know I'm kidding. Its going to be Marc Bulger who coincidentally has been put back in as the QB for the Rams this week. That lasted long.

Also, does anyone know how bad the obstructed views are at NFL games, as I may get some for Wembley yet, I'm going back and forth, trying to justify how much I can spend on it :D

saxoneagle 01-10-2008 03:41 PM

Sounds like Plaxico is trying to destroy my fantasy team... the NFL is apparently investigating instances of the police turning up at his house in more than one instance...

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 04:08 PM

I thought that was just gossip? It isn't true surely.

It popped up on a celebrity website the other day but I couldnt find anymore about it so just thought it was the usual bollocks.

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 04:08 PM

And dont you go moaning about your fantasy teams.

Out of my original team 2 (or it might be 3) are now on Injured Reserve. I'm keeping Brady but Mendenhall can bike it :D

Strathclyde Eagle 01-10-2008 04:21 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
Cedric Benson signed by the Bengals. Anyone else surprised the Steelers didn't make a move?
Dear city of Cincinnati,
We know you're fed up of our marginal players getting arrested and making a general nuisance of themselves, so to compensate for this we've signed a player who was arrested twice in alcohol-related incidents over the off-season.

Yours etc., (until December)
Marvin Lewis

saxoneagle 01-10-2008 04:29 PM

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Originally posted by Strathclyde Eagle

Yours etc., (until December)
Marvin Lewis

I sense a trend with the off weeks. St Louis and Oakland made a switch before their bye week to give the new chap time to bed in plus time to prepare for next season.

In Cincy:

Week 5 @ Dallas 0-5
Week 6 @ Jets 0-6
Week 7 Steelers 0-7
Week 8 Bye. No, I mean bye-bye.

jazman 01-10-2008 06:23 PM

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Originally posted by saxoneagle
You going to do a blog soon, jaz?
I have noted some stuff down from last week, pretty much about the Cowboys and kind of for my own learning as well. It's been mental at work so not had time to finish it. Will post it here when I'm finished though, had thought of adding it to Paul's blog but never done that before and this is as good a place as any ...

I am aware that Ticketmaster have tickets for the NFL London match. Have tried a couple of time today but the site crashes on me when you go to purchase. It may be to do with restrictions at work though so will give it a go at home later ...

jazman 01-10-2008 06:25 PM

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Originally posted by Strathclyde Eagle
I'm not tipping the Titans to win this week in Miami, because they should be in Baltimore playing the Ravens. :D

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/teams/...=ten&year=2008

The Chargers are visiting South Florida on Sunday.

We all make mistakes... and we're all picked up on them. Couldn't resist, sorry.

Just as I was about to hand my 'tool' tag to Paul as well ... :sob:

My brain is broken this week ;)

pauldrulez 01-10-2008 07:49 PM

HaHa :D


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