Al Davis Rising From the Ashes

May 30, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Love him or hate him, you've certainly heard of him. 
Raiders owner/general managing partner Al Davis has been in the NFL since the AFL days, when he was an assistant coach on the Chargers.  In 1963, he became head coach and GM of the Oakland Raiders and nothing was ever the same again.  The Raiders went from 1-13 in 1962 to 10-4 in 1963, Al Davis’ first year with the team. 
Davis created the most dominant team of the era.  The Raiders had the highest winning percentage in the NFL from the 1970’s to the present and the Raiders went to five Super Bowls, winning three in 1976, 1980, and 1983.
But somewhere along the line, Al Davis lost control of his franchise.  In the 1990s, the Raiders made three playoff appearances in the whole decade. The 1990s were the only decade in which the Raiders have never made it to the a Super Bowl.
Davis seemed to get a grip when he hired Jon Gruden and signed Rich Gannon, who joined a team that ...

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