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Lance Kiffin is Looking Like a Genius in Hindsight


Lance Kiffin, as he is known to Al Davis, made a correct judgement call on Jamarcus Russell being a slouch and not wanting to draft him.  He also wanted to replace Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and he thought Mario Henderson was outmatched as an NFL left tackle.  There's a lot more Lance was correct about during his turbulent tenure as head coach of the Raiders but this is just what comes to mind right now.

Al Davis is swallowing hard on his pride as these truths stare him in the face.  I'm sure he tries to shrug it off and move forward, except for the fact that he keeps tripping over his own feet.  Tom Cable is a legitimate head coach or is he just warming the seat for the next guy while Al tries to make up his mind who he really wants to coach the team? 

The recent past of Lane Kiffin still lingers like a stain on Al's Raider image because just about everything Kiffin complained about is being proven true before our eyes (and Al's).  These things will live on as legacy as the 3 Raiders super bowls of bygone eras mean less and less with each passing year.  You're only as good as your next game so for a crumbling dynasty, Al is way past due to make amends.  How is that going to be done with an inferior offensive line in 2010?  You can't rely on your defense to open holes for your running game or protect the QB.  You can only throw so many screen passes.

It's a sad situation Al has made for himself and he only has himself to blame.

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