By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at 10:14 pm in Oakland Raiders.
It’s unusual for any employer to bring back a subordinate employee who unsuccessfully assisted the case of law enforcement against his supervisor.
But this, of course, is not any employer.
The return of Randy Hanson to the same building which inhabits Tom Cable will surely be painted as another example of Raiders dysfunction.
It’s an easy case to make, and not necessarily incorrect.
It’s another chance to rail at the Raiders for everything they’ve come to represent, and we’re not talking about the “greatness” and `commitment to excellence” that the “Team of the Decades” has clung to since it fell off the face of the earth in 2003.
Having Hanson back in any capacity, even if he never gets within 10 feet of Cable, is something the coach didn’t have in mind, especially when he’s in a four-game stretch run in an attempt to keep his job.
But Hanson’s life dream was to be a Raider, and Cable has separately echoed the same sentiment. That they shared the same dream means nothing to them, even if it means something to Al Davis, the man that hired them both.
While it appears unlikely that Cable and Hanson can work in the same place at the same time, wait a few months and maybe things will be decidedly different.
Also take the following into account and in so doing, understand Hanson’s rebound isn’t quite the stunner it seems:
– Davis doesn’t believe in chemistry or harmony.
He’s said it on more than one occasion. It’s a competitive business, even within an organization.
Men will argue and be combative. It’s survival of the fittest. If one coach bumps into another, who bumps into another, and someone winds up with a jaw fracture, it’s unfortunate, but not nearly as important as if a player was hurt.
Davis has openly scoffed the notion of locker room chemistry, even as Lane Kiffin and Cable (who has gone to great lengths to disassociate himself with his predecessor) have espoused the virtues of one-for-all and all-for-one.
– Davis doesn’t believe in chain of command.
He’s said it on the record in those very words.
“Chain of command, I don’t believe in chain of command.”
It’s the same thing as the locker room. It doesn’t matter if everyone is on the same page. Better to have dissenting views and people without a distinct rung on the ladder looking to advance. Keep job titles and descriptions as vague as possible.
– Nobody wants to pay for services not rendered, and Davis takes it to an extreme.
How many other owners would go the overhead projector route to avoid paying Kiffin, rather than just write the check and be done with it?
Maybe it makes Davis a visionary, or maybe it just makes him cheap. Either way, he’s not one to let someone off the hook in terms of working in the building if he can do anything to help the cause when that person is getting a paycheck.
Taking all that into account, the fact that Hanson’s parking code is active again on Harbor Bay Parkway isn’t so far-fetched.
Davis figures Cable will coach the team, Hanson will work in the scouting department, and have little if any interaction. If they’re both dedicated to the Raiders they don’t have to go out for drinks at the end of the day.
As for what each man thinks about the other still being there, who cares? What the television and print media thinks counts for even less (even if selected reporters are put on notice that Al isn’t happy with the way things are portrayed).
If Cable wants to remain coach of the Raiders, he’ll put a product on the field that Davis thinks can win in 2010. If not, he’ll be out of a job.
If Hanson wants to stay in the organization, he’ll continue to bleed silver and black. Maybe he’ll be one of those Raiders employees who hangs around for years, or be cast off when his contract expires.
It’s nothing Davis is interested in addressing with a game coming up Sunday against the Redskins.
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