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Big D
01-20-2007, 08:19 AM
In a strange twist that left the Oakland Raiders jilted by their first choice to succeed Art Shell, Southern California quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday evening rejected the team's offer to become its next head coach.


League sources who confirmed the move by Sarkisian gave no reason for his decision. The Raiders had offered a contract longer than the two-year deal Shell signed but further details were not available.

In a statement late Friday, the Raiders denied Sarkisian had been offered the job, and said he removed his name from consideration. The statement, in part, read: "The Oakland Raiders were not ready to offer the position and wanted to wait until after the weekend as the organization is still doing its due diligence."

In a separate statement, released by the university, Sarkisian said he wanted to stay at USC.

"I thank them for their interest in me," Sarkisian said. "While the job was never offered to me, at this time in my career, I've told them I want to stay at USC. I strongly believe that the Raiders' job is a great opportunity for whomever their next head coach is going to be."

The presumptive front-runner for the Oakland vacancy for much of this week, Sarkisian interviewed on Wednesday with team officials for the second time in two weeks. He then flew back to Los Angeles, but returned to the Bay Area on Thursday for another round of interviews.


In fact, the Raiders even interviewed Southern California offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who was Sarkisian's choice to be his No. 1 offensive assistant, on Thursday. That prompted speculation that the club was close to finalizing a deal with Sarkisian.

In their statement, the Raiders said that Kiffin had made "no commitment" to join the staff if Sarkisian landed the job.


Sarkisian, 32, served as the Oakland quarterbacks coach in 2004 and, while he has not been a coordinator or head coach, he fit the mold of the kind of coach owner Al Davis has traditionally sought. Davis typically looks for candidates whose expertise is on the offensive side of the ball, and who are young and innovative.


A former Brigham Young quarterback who played three seasons in the CFL (1997-99), Sarkisian has a limited coaching resume. Beyond his two stints at Southern California (2001-2003 and 2005), Sarkisian was on the staff at El Camino (Calf.) Junior College in 2000.


In a related matter, San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach and Hall of Fame member James Lofton, who met earlier this week with Oakland officials, withdrew his name from consideration for the job.


Beyond Sarkisian and Loton, the Raiders have interviewed current Oakland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green rebuffed overtures from Oakland officials to arrange an interview.

83-Steelers-43
01-20-2007, 08:20 AM
Can anybody blame the guy? lol.

At the same time, I would like to see the Raiders become prominent again and get this old school rivalry heated back up.

Livinginthe past
01-20-2007, 08:35 AM
Now thats a kick in the teeth - its bad enough when you get blown out by a college HC, but a quarterbacks coach?

Wow.

That organisation is dysfunctional from the very top, but I agree it would be good to have a strong Raider team back in the NFL.

NM

Big D
01-20-2007, 08:38 AM
I guess I would want a coach thats at least old enough to buy beer. But seriously I think this is good for the raiders. The guy had very limited coaching experience.

Atlanta Dan
01-20-2007, 08:43 AM
Unless Parcells quits and the Dallas HC job opens up, the Steelers can take their time hiring a HC since it appears coaches will not take the Raiders job unless there are no job openings at the local car wash or convenience store.

83-Steelers-43
01-20-2007, 08:43 AM
Unless Parcells quits and the Dallas HC job opens up, the Steelers can take their time hiring a HC since it appears coaches will not take the Raiders job unless there are no job openings at the local car wash or convenience store.

:toofunny:

Big D
01-20-2007, 08:45 AM
Unless Parcells quits and the Dallas HC job opens up, the Steelers can take their time hiring a HC since it appears coaches will not take the Raiders job unless there are no job openings at the local car wash or convenience store.

And if parcells does quit, Clayton reports that jerry jones is in love with Wade Phillips and would probably name him his new head coach

NV STEELERS 723
01-20-2007, 09:58 AM
[QUOTE=Livinginthe past;207845]Now thats a kick in the teeth - its bad enough when you get blown out by a college HC, but a [I]quarterbacks coach

Livinginthe past
01-20-2007, 10:01 AM
I on the other hand love the fact the Raiders are a mess...I have no pity for them...their fans are a bunch of dime store hoods....if they didn't win another game it would be fine w/ me

I dont think there is a great deal of merit in grouping a whole fanbase together, there are good, bad and ugly elements following every team.

Each to their own though.

NM

Big D
01-20-2007, 10:11 AM
I dont think there is a great deal of merit in grouping a whole fanbase together, there are good, bad and ugly elements following every team.

Each to their own though.

NM
I have to agree with you. Silver and black is a great poster in here. And my best friend is a raider fan. I also belong to a raider forum, and not all the members there are bad. Hell we certainly have questionable steeler fans that belong to this board.

83-Steelers-43
01-20-2007, 10:13 AM
Give me a good football rivalry over fan behavior anyday of the week. I can't stand Bengal fans or really Cincinnati citizens in general, but I love the rivalry.

NV STEELERS 723
01-20-2007, 11:11 AM
I can't stand the Raiders as a organization, and have no love for any of their fans...:yawn:

silver & black
01-20-2007, 05:56 PM
I on the other hand love the fact the Raiders are a mess...I have no pity for them...their fans are a bunch of dime store hoods....if they didn't win another game it would be fine w/ me

You know what... ! I don't care what you think of the Raiders. If you don't like them, thats cool. I really don't expect a Steelers fan to like the Raiders. It's even cool that you like that the Raiders are a mess... but when you call me, and all the rest of the Raiders fans dime store hoods.......... paint with a little broader brush next time..............

tony hipchest
01-20-2007, 06:13 PM
You know what... I don't care what you think of the Raiders. If you don't like them, thats cool. I really don't expect a Steelers fan to like the Raiders. It's even cool that you like that the Raiders are a mess... but when you call me, and all the rest of the Raiders fans dime store hoods.......... paint with a little broader brush next time.............. :chuckle: silver & black is anything but a dimestore hood. this board could use more opposing teams fans like him.

i can say 100% of raiderfans who currently post on this board are great, intelligent, reasonable fans.:cheers:

fansince'76
01-20-2007, 06:16 PM
You know what... I don't care what you think of the Raiders. If you don't like them, thats cool. I really don't expect a Steelers fan to like the Raiders. It's even cool that you like that the Raiders are a mess... but when you call me, and all the rest of the Raiders fans dime store hoods.......... paint with a little broader brush next time..............

Hey Silver & Black, I am a Steelers fan through and through, but I for one don't mind the Raiders. One of my earliest football memories was the '76 AFCCG game, when you guys beat us - THAT was football! I also rooted for you when you played the Bucs in the SB 4 years ago. I would like nothing more than to see the Raiders right the ship and return to prominence.

Preacher
01-20-2007, 06:49 PM
You know what... I don't care what you think of the Raiders. If you don't like them, thats cool. I really don't expect a Steelers fan to like the Raiders. It's even cool that you like that the Raiders are a mess... but when you call me, and all the rest of the Raiders fans dime store hoods..........[ paint with a little broader brush next time..............


Hey... S&B...

You know how I feel about the Raiders... I always want them to lose... just as you always want the Steelers to lose... unless they are playing our other rivals!!

However, Please know many on this board really enjoy your posts... Especially the fact that you support your team... with class on this board. And no, your are not a dimestore hood... Your too smart for that... your at least a Quarterstore hood!! :toofunny:

silver & black
01-20-2007, 09:45 PM
Hey... S&B...

You know how I feel about the Raiders... I always want them to lose... just as you always want the Steelers to lose... unless they are playing our other rivals!!

However, Please know many on this board really enjoy your posts... Especially the fact that you support your team... with class on this board. And no, your are not a dimestore hood... Your too smart for that... your at least a Quarterstore hood!! :toofunny:

Thanks for the support. I got a little carried away with that post. I apologise to everyone for that. With the current goings on in the Nation, and all the crap I read on my own forum, and all the crap from all the mediots, it gets a little tiresome , to say the least.

Can I be dollar store hood? :sofunny:

sumo
01-21-2007, 01:32 AM
yeah - silver and black is a cool dude - he grew up watching the steelers-raiders rivalry in the 70s the same as me - I do like the Raiders and I don't understand the attitude of a lot of football fans in general ...I am a huge fan of the Steelers, but I'm also a huge fan of the NFL and I want the teams with with strong traditions and rivalries with the Steelers to do well -- the constant slamming of Davis and the Raiders org is unfortunate - and I'm perplexed also as to why Sark turned down the job ...but the Raiders have gone thru stretches like this before and they always seem to come back with a vengeance...