Davis ruining Raiders: Kiffin

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

Lane Kiffin took some pretty heavy parting shots from one-of-a-kind Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis a few years ago.

Kiffin has decided to fire back.

In an ESPN interview, Kiffin said he wasn't sure any coach could succeed working under Davis, who had called Kiffin a "disgrace" upon his dismissal.

"It is almost impossible," Kiffin said. "I don't know why I didn't listen, so many people told me that. You're just so far behind other clubs. You're waiting for (Davis) to wake up and come to work at two o'clock in the afternoon to make decisions that the rest of the league is making at six o'clock in the morning. You're still running videotapes over to the hotel so he can watch practice at night."

Davis famously calls all of the shots for the once-proud franchise, despite being 82.

Kiffin was the youngest head coach in NFL history when Davis hired him at 31 and now heads USC.

Kiffin said despite what went down in Oakland, particularly when Davis announced his firing, he feels bad for what Davis and the team has become.

"It was sad, really, to see somebody who's accomplished so much in his career and been such a powerful figure in the NFL ... to see that was actually pretty sad to watch."

PLAYERS DISPUTE VICIOUS HITS

The NFL keeps trying to crack down on vicious hits, but many players aren't buying in because they don't feel they are doing anything wrong.

Detroit star Ndamukong Suh has maintained his innocence several times after jarring hits and now Cleveland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is defending the way he plays.

Jackson hammered Philadelphia's Michael Vick on Thursday and picked up a 15-yard penalty for his actions even though it was a ridiculous call.

Jackson might have been called for charging in the NHL, but it was a pretty ordinary NFL play and not a dirty one.

"I was conscious not to lead with my helmet but the official felt that I did," Jackson told reporters after the game.

"They made the call and said it was an illegal hit, and we will see on film how it looked. I am not going to change the way I play because I thought I made a nice hit."

Jackson, like Suh earlier this month, said he would do the same thing in the same situation every time.

The Browns laid a beating on Vick for the entire night as Philadelphia's offensive line offered little resistance. Jackson's play came later and resulted in an interception that was called back due to the infraction.

Hopefully the officials make better calls in the regular season.

GOOD, BETTER AND BEST

Pundits anointed the Philadelphia Eagles as the team with the best cornerbacks when Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromarite joined Asante Samuel.

Darrelle Revis is arguably the best corner in the business and Antonio Cromartie complements him nicely in the New York Jets secondary, but are the Dolphins even better back there than the Eagles or Jets?

Miami corner Vontae Davis thinks so. Davis thinks he and Sean Smith are as good a shutdown unit as any.

"I'm going to go out on a limb and say we're the best tandem in the league," Davis told the Miami Sun Sentinel.

"You name them all and I'm putting it out there," Davis said.

Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano backed Davis.

"I think they need to play with swagger," Sparano said.

"They need to play with confidence and those two guys have confidence. Time will tell at the end of this thing whether or not they are, but I'd take them."

Davis, Miami's first-round pick in 2009 has just five interceptions over his first two seasons, Smith, picked a round later that year, has just one, but the stats help prove Davis and Smith are at least in the conversation.

The Dolphins allowed the fifth-fewest yards in the air in the AFC last season. The Raiders, then with Asomugha, allowed the second-fewest, while the Jets sat just ahead of the Dolphins.

DOSS TO THE RESCUE

Baltimore Ravens rookie Tandon Doss doesn't just catch passes, he catches bad guys too.

Doss grabbed a burger at a Baltimore fast food joint prior to Thursday's pre-season game and came to the aid of a man who had been stabbed.

Doss, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, didn't think twice about acting.

"I saw somebody start fighting, and I broke it up," Doss told the Baltimore Sun after the game.

"I saw the guy on the ground bleeding, and I saw a guy on top hitting him," he said. "So I stopped it.

"That's all it was to me ... I mean, it was two dudes on one. I was trying to help the situation out."

Apparently two former employees had gone after the manager of the restaurant, who was treated for a cut on his chin.

Receivers need to be tough to catch passes over the middle and it appears Doss won't be afraid to go into dangerous areas.

Some tweeted he was foolish to get involved, but the Indianapolis native scoffed at those notions.

"I'm not gunna sit there and let someone get jumped (I don't know) where ur from but we don't do that in Indy," Doss tweeted.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Doss didn't tell him about the incident and since he isn't on Twitter, he had no idea it happened.


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