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A chronicle of the Silver & Whack.
By Yahoo! Sports Sep 19, 2:48 am EDT
Commitment to Excellence? Just win, baby? It’s been quite the opposite the past five years for the Oakland Raiders, who fired head coach Lane Kiffin on Tuesday. Last season marked the team’s fifth straight campaign of 10 or more losses. In the previous 43 seasons in franchise history, the Raiders had lost 10 or more games only four times.
However, to boil the misery down to just losing is telling only one side of the story. The Raiders have been a mess: from players wanting to “smack” coach Bill Callahan to Art Shell once publicly accusing an unnamed non-player/coach of being a traitor.
Here’s a chronicle of the Silver & Whack since a certain player decided to take a little adventure before a big game in 2003...
Robbins breaks curfew
Jan. 24-25, 2003
The glorious week came to a halt when All-Pro center Barret Robbins went AWOL prior to Super Bowl XXXVII, prompting his dismissal by the team and eventual hospital admission. Robbins’ adventure included accounts of drinking binges in Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego’s Pacific Beach.
Jan. 26, 2003
No Barret. No pass protection. No fourth Super Bowl ring for Al Davis. The Buccaneers, with coach Jon Gruden acting as if he had the latest Raiders’ playbook still in his possession, dismantled Oakland 48-21. Regular season MVP Rich Gannon had one of the game’s all-time worst performances by a QB: five INTs (3 returned for TDs) and five sacks.
Romo uses teammate as punching bag
Aug. 24, 2003
Bill Romanowski played in five Super Bowls during his career, winning four rings. However, he might be best known for controversy. Romanowski got into a fight with teammate Marcus Williams, ripping the tight end’s helmet off and punching him in the face. Williams suffered a broken bone around his left eye and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. A lawsuit by Williams against Romanowski was reportedly settled out of court for a reported $415,000.
MVP goes down
Oct. 20, 2003
Gannon suffered a right shoulder injury in the loss to Kansas City and missed the final seven games.
Dec. 30, 2003
One way or another, Bill Callahan was going to be run out of town following a 4-12 season. Callahan, who coached the team to a Super Bowl berth in his first season, alienated players with his actions and comments such as the Raiders must have been “the dumbest team in America in terms of playing the game” following a loss to the Broncos. “It got to a point where we’re literally telling guys in the locker room, ‘Nobody hit this guy, OK?’ ” then-veteran WR Tim Brown told the NFL Network.
Stiffed by Sean?
Jan. 22, 2004
According to media reports, then-Cowboys assistant Sean Payton was on the verge of becoming Oakland’s next coach. It didn’t happen and depending on whom you believe, there was never a deal in the first place. “I don’t think Sean Payton turned down the job because Sean Payton was never offered the job,” Davis said.
So instead …
Jan. 26, 2004
The Raiders hired Norv Turner, then the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in Miami, as head coach. Turner, best known for guiding the Cowboys’ offense during a couple of Super Bowl-winning seasons, had reached the playoffs only once in seven seasons with the Redskins.
Guessing wrong on Gallery
April 24, 2004
Robert Gallery was supposed to be a “sure thing” in the ‘04 NFL draft class. A “10-time Pro Bowler at left tackle” some observers predicted. Not quite. The No. 2 overall pick has been unable to lock down the left tackle position, currently starting at left guard.
Sleeping with the enemy
Aug. 10, 2004
WR Tim Brown – the last remaining Los Angeles Raider and franchise’s all-time leader in receptions/receiving yards/scoring catches – was released on Aug. 5. A week later, he reunited with former coach Gruden in Tampa.
Gannon gone … for good
Sept. 26, 2004
Gannon suffered a vertebra fracture in a victory against the Buccaneers and never played another game. He officially retired on Aug. 6, 2005. The Raiders, 2-1 with the victory, have not been better than .500 in the regular season since.
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Raving over Randy
Feb. 23, 2005
The Raiders thought they were headed in the right direction when they acquired five-time Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss from the Vikings for LB Napoleon Harris and two draft picks. Moss got off to a good start, producing 100-plus yards in his first two games.
More coaching ‘Turn’-over
Jan. 3, 2006
Norv Turner has proved to be good when he has Pro Bowl-caliber players at QB (Troy Aikman/Philip Rivers); RB (Emmitt Smith/LaDainian Tomlinson); and as passing targets (Michael Irvin/Antonio Gates). That wasn’t the case in Oakland where he got fired after a 9-23 stint in two seasons.
Let’s do it again
Feb. 10, 2006
Seventeen years after making Art Shell the first black head coach of the NFL, Shell resumed that role with the organization. Shell, also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in ‘89, long had been waiting for a second chance as head coach
Not that Walsh
Feb. 23, 2006
Tom Walsh, who hadn’t coached in the NFL since getting fired alongside Shell in 1994, is hired to run the Raiders’ offense. His occupation at the time: operating a bed-and-breakfast ranch and serving as mayor of Swan Valley, Idaho.
Maybe this wasn’t a good idea
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006
Fourteen games into his second stint, rumors surfaced of Shell’s pending dismissal as the NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reported on a Thursday night contest that Shell would be fired at the end of the season. The Raiders released a statement denying the report and labeling Schefter as a “false rumor mongerer.” Ultimately, Shell was fired at season’s end.
Jan. 23, 2007
Lane Kiffin – USC’s offensive coordinator, son of Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and 31 at the time – was hired as head coach. The Raiders reportedly had tried to hire USC assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian beforehand
April 29, 2007
Moss’ unhappy time in Oakland came to an end when the Raiders traded him to New England for a fourth-round draft pick. Moss seemingly spent more time hurt or complaining than producing (1,558 yards, 11 TDs).
Russell the bystander
Sept. 14, 2007
There were whispers prior to the ‘07 draft that the Raiders might have a hard time signing LSU QB JaMarcus Russell if they took him with the No. 1 overall pick. The murmurs turned into screams of “I told you so” when Russell missed all of training camp before signing a contract and joining the club.
What happens in Vegas …
June 16, 2008
Receiver Javon Walker was found unconscious after getting robbed and beaten in the wee hours of the morning. Walker, who suffered facial injuries in the attack, recovered in time to join the team for training camp in late July. He promptly reportedly offered his resignation and return of his signing bonus (which was rejected by Davis) and has not played in the season’s first two games.
‘Step down, please!’
Imagine the first-year coach’s surprise when he was reportedly given a resignation paper to sign. The owner’s botched attempt to get rid of the young coach has led to months of ugliness, including Kiffin not wearing Raiders apparel during the Senior Bowl.
Sept. 30, 2008
After weeks of speculation, Kiffin was fired – two days following a 28-18 loss to San Diego, Oakland’s 15th defeat in Kiffin’s 20 contests. Because the Raiders are citing “cause” for his departure, they reportedly will try not to pay Kiffin for the remainder of his contract.
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Raiders | Owner in violation of league rules
Tue, 7 Oct 2008 12:44:39 -0700
The National Football Post reports the NFL league office has sent Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis a letter informing him that he was in violation of league rules when he falsely accused the New England Patriots of tampering with WR Randy Moss, according to league sources. Davis likely will face a hefty fine.