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"A good offensive line and a quarterback who can hold the ball," Davis says. "That adds up to a good passing game. Nobody understands what quick release means. Quick release means when you throw the ball. It doesn't mean getting rid of it quick because of the rush. Stabler has a quick release."
"We give 'em a gift every Christmas," he says. "We've given binoculars, TVs, stereo...it's something I want to do. I guess some other teams do it. A little appreciation for the guys who live with us. Instead of a gift certificate, I gave a guy a check. He showed it to his sports editor. He gave it back. No big deal. He didn't get fired. There's no scandal."
Al Davis laughs.
"You know how to buy good publicity?" he says. "By winning, like John Madden does. We don't get the best of it around here. Nobody left their heart in Oakland. But we're treated fairly, I think. We don't go looking for it. We don't announce player signings. I don't do radio shows. I don't do TV shows. Is that a guy looking for publicity?"
Some of the accidental publicity wasn't so good from Pete Rozelle's viewpoint.
"I turned up on camera sitting at a game with Jimmy the Greek. He's a friend," says Davis. "He's an accredited journalist, a columnist, isn't he? Pete called me. We chatted about it. What's that got to do with...?"
"You got to be kidding," he says. "My kick comes from trying to figure ways for us to win with the rules that everybody else makes. I'm no rule maker. I want to see us do certain things. They talk about me coaching. You don't have time to coach when you're dealing with personnel, working with the Players Association, drafting, trading, trying to keep us balanced, trying to keep up on things."