After watching parts of Tuesday’s news conference where 79-year-old Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis explained why he fired head coach Lane Kiffin, I asked myself the very question posed as the headline.
If you aren’t familiar with the latest Raiders saga, here’s a refresher. If you aren’t familiar with Skeletor, click here. NFL insiders have speculated, no, reported for WEEKS that Davis was going to fire Kiffin/ask Kiffin to resign/have others in the organization tell Kiffin he was being let go/change the locks on the Raiders’ offices without telling Kiffin. It finally happened Monday, one day after Oakland’s loss to San Diego dropped it to 1-3.
I’m not going to spend the following post saying the obvious: Dude (Davis) is crazy and should have the Raiders franchise pried from his bony, arthritic hands.
Fire the guy; that’s fine. Kiffin’s record in one-plus seasons was 3-17. But the problem is he shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. He’s young, inexperienced and never stood a chance with the wacky Davis in charge.
I’m not against young and inexperienced people in the workplace, I’m just not in favor of Al Davis hiring anyone to do anything football-related. If you’re going to hire a guy like Kiffin, you need to give him more time. Who do you think you are, Al? Glen Taylor or Kevin McHale? The Raiders have had five head coaches — Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Kiffin and now, interim Tom Cable — since Jon Gruden left for Tampa Bay in 2002. Davis goes through coaches faster than Pamela Anderson goes through husbands.
Maybe Al Davis and Skeletor are different people. I know one thing’s for sure: Skeletor wouldn’t fire Beastman after he failed to capture He-Man 17 times.
Photo of Skeletor (on right), I mean, Al Davis, by Paul Sakuma / Associated Press