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White Tornado
Michael Silver
June 03, 1996
Al Davis is still cutting a destructive swath as the Raiders try to revive their proud heritage
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June 03, 1996

White Tornado

Al Davis is still cutting a destructive swath as the Raiders try to revive their proud heritage

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In March, Davis said he considered cleaning house after last season, "but you can't do that with the [salary] cap today."

"You can say 'problem players' all you want, but that's a lot of bull," says safety Patrick Bates, a 1993 first-round draft choice who sat out all of last season because of his distaste for the Raiders' organization and was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in April. "Somebody has to say, 'I'm going to step up and discipline this team.' "

Only Davis has such power. He thrashes about like a twister, but he seems to be striking the wrong targets.

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