Have you ever had a boss like Al Davis? I hope for your sake, you haven't. I had a teacher sort of like him once, in seventh grade back in Spartanburg, S.C., but at least he didn't hold televised press conferences about our class's shortcomings.
Now I'm not saying that Lane Kiffin is God's gift to coaching. Perhaps even the most even-tempered, smart, understanding owner would have fired Kiffin from his job as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
But Al Davis is none of those things. The guy who runs the Oakland Raiders has got to be a serious candidate for worst boss in sports. I mean, even when he hires the right guy -- like a Jon Gruden or a Mike Shanahan -- he manages to run them off. And did you watch any of Davis's rambling press conference Tuesday about why he fired Kiffin? Did you see where he read a letter that he had written Kiffin about their feud? Here's a link to the letter.
The Raiders have been a joke for most of the past decade, with that one Super Bowl appearance a notable exception. Who in their right mind would coach that team now?
Thousands of guys would, of course. It pays well, there are only 32 jobs like that in the country and they would be convinced they could turn it around. So now Tom Cable, the Raiders' former offensive line coach until this sudden promotion, gets his chance.
I feel sorry for Cable. And I hope he has negotiated a really good severance package.
11 months ago