Just to show you where Al Davis was at near the end of his life, he interviewed former Giants QB and current CBS analyst Phil Simms for the Raiders’ head coaching job.
Simms, although he is a font of football knowledge and a lively personality, has never coached a football team in his life.
Yet, Davis approached him and interviewed him “for hours” over the phone about coaching the Silver and Black
Simms, who did not reveal the timing of the courtship, wisely passed on the offer and has since built and maintained his status as the NFL’s premier TV analyst.
As per Nate Davis of USA Today:
“He did offer me to become a Raiders coach, and to be their head coach,” Simms revealed Wednesday night on Showtime’s Inside the NFL.
“And I got interviewed over the phone for many, many hours. I don’t know if it’s a compliment, maybe it says something about him that’s not good,” he added kiddingly, though he didn’t specify the time frame of the discussions.
“Of course I turned it down — I’m g