Needless to say, one of the first topics that came up at Mike Shanahan‘s Wednesday press conference was what happened at Al Davis‘ Tuesday press conference.
Back in 1989, Davis also fired Shanahan when he held the same 1-3 record that Lane Kiffin had before he was dismissed.
Asked his reaction to Davis firing Kiffin, the Broncos coach said: “I’ll be honest with you, I was a little disappointed. When you take a look at it, I was there 582 days. Lane Kiffin was there 616 days. So what it really means is that Al Davis liked Lane more than he liked me. I really don’t think it’s fair. I won three more games and he got 34 more days of work. It just doesn’t seem right.”
Asked to further assess the situation in Oakland, Shanahan said: “I know the right thing to say. I think I should have said ‘You know I haven’t had time to look at interviews and what really happened.’ But I think everybody saw the press conference, and we will leave it at that.”