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BARBARIANS AT THE GATE: COLUMNISTS BLAST RAIDER DAVIS
Published January 8, 1998
On Tuesday, Raiders Senior Assistant Bruce Allen announced that the team had fired head coach Joe Bugel, their forth coach in five years. The move prompted several columnists to weigh in on the state of the team and Owner Al Davis' administration. In S.F., Ray Ratto wrote that Raiders fans "aren't buying tickets. They aren't worrying about the week-to-week blackouts. They aren't buying the shirts and hats and jackets, and most of all they aren't buying Bruce Allen's explanations of the company line. They shouldn't have to. They deserve to have Al Davis sitting before them, explaining why the hell it went so bad, and how it's going to get better" (S.F. EXAMINER, 1/7). In San Jose, Ann Killion: "We don't know what Davis is going to do. Except one thing: He's not going to step aside. And that, of course, appears to be the problem" (MERCURY NEWS, 1/7). From Boston, Bob Ryan: "It is very, very difficult to go from unchallenged genius to pathetic buffoon, but Al Davis has managed to do it" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/8). In N.Y., Shaun Powell: "As long as Davis is lurking behind the scenes, controlling the direction of a franchise that's now among the worst-run in football, the Raiders will remain in dubious hands no matter who's coaching" (NEWSDAY, 1/8).