Recently, when former Raiders have spoken out about the current situation in Oakland, their words have been harsh, and for the most part negative. So it was quite a surprise -- to me, anyway -- to see Tim Brown proclaim that he would absolutely love to take a job with the struggling franchise. Seriously.
This brings the number of people who are currently willing to work for Al Davis to two: Tim Brown and Matt Snyder (surely you haven't forgotten this).
From Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times (via PFT):
"It would take me about two seconds to make that decision. At some point, home is home, and even though I reside in Dallas, Dallas is not home for me when it comes to the NFL. The love I get when I'm in Oakland, that's home for me. I realize that, and if the Raiders ever asked me to do anything in the front office, certainly I would jump at the opportunity because I do think, not just my presence in Oakland, but in some of the decision making as far as what's happening with coaches and players that come in, I think I could be very instrumental in helping in that area."So what's one of the biggest drawing cards to working for the Raiders? Well, it's the fact they've been so dreadful the previous five seasons that there is absolutely nowhere to go but up. Or sideways. Or they could go winless. But, yeah, definitely nowhere to go but up.
Brown goes onto say that the situation in Oakland is similar to the situation our next president inherits, in the sense that, "this is the easiest job in America after what's happened the last eight years. You gotta do better than what's happened."
I see what Brown did there. He compared Al Davis' recent reign to the presidency of George W. Bush, which may be the meanest thing anyone has ever said about Davis.
The future Hall of Famer also chimed in on Rich Gannon's claim that Oakland is an impossible place to work, and in the process, revealed that Gannon wasn't the most popular player to ever grace the black hole with his presence.
"Even hearing a guy like Gannon say something negative about the organization is really wrong. Gannon knows that he came there with that `I hate the Raiders' type mentality. He came in there with that, and showed that to all the players. Gannon wasn't a very well-like player his whole time with the Raiders. In fact he was downright hated, and if not for my intervention, a lot of times, there would have been times he would have been sure-enough jumped on, almost. So for a guy like Rich to say something just isn't fair to the organization, I don't believe."Wow. It's like a never-ending soap opera that keeps getting better. Though, I'm sure Lane Kiffin, Norv Turner and, oh, I don't know, Mike Shanahan would agree that Oakland is a tough, if not impossible, place to work.