Rough Times

Oakland, CA - A chronological look at the Oakland Raiders woes since 2003:

Jan. 24, 2003: Pro Bowl center Barret Robbins leaves the team hotel the Friday before the Super Bowl in San Diego to go party in Tijuana. Robbins misses a team meeting and walkthrough and is suspended for the game, which the Raiders lose 48-21 to Tampa Bay. Robbins is hospitalized and diagnosed as bipolar.

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Aug. 24, 2003: Linebacker Bill Romanowski punches teammate Marcus Williams during practice, shattering Williams' jaw. Williams later files a civil lawsuit and is awarded $340,000 in damages.
Nov. 30, 2003: Coach Bill Callahan calls the Raiders ``the dumbest team in America'' after a 22-8 loss to Denver drops the defending AFC champions to 3-9. Callahan is fired after a 4-12 season and replaced by Norv Turner.
victory over Buffalo with no catches. That ends Rice's record streak of 274 consecutive games with a catch. Rice is traded to Seattle the next month and Oakland finishes 5-11.
March 2, 2005: The Raiders acquire Randy Moss from Minnesota in a trade for two draft picks and linebacker Napoleon Harris. Moss has the second worst year of his career (to that point) with 60 catches and eight touchdowns. Oakland finishes 4-12 and Turner is fired after the season.
Feb. 10, 2006: After a monthlong search, owner Al Davis hires Art Shell for a second stint as Raiders coach. Shell brings back his old offensive coordinator, Tom Walsh, who was running a bed and breakfast in Idaho.
July-October 2006: Receiver Jerry Porter arrives at training camp demanding a trade, having gotten into an offseason feud with Shell over workout plans. Porter is benched for the season opener and later suspended for insubordination.
Nov. 29, 2006: Shell accuses executive Michael Lombardi of trying to undermine the coaching staff and rooting against the team, saying there was a ``fox in the hen house.'' Shell is fired after a 2-14 mark that set a Raiders record for losses in a season. Lombardi is fired the following May.
Jan. 22, 2007: Davis hires 31-year-old Lane Kiffin as his head coach after being spurned by Kiffin's colleague at USC, Steve Sarkisian.
No. 1 overall pick, a move Davis later says was made against Kiffin's wishes. The following day, Oakland trades an unhappy Moss to New England, where he goes on to revive his career and set an NFL record with 23 TD catches in his first season with the Patriots.
July-September 2007: Russell holds out of training camp in a contract dispute and doesn't sign until after the first game of the regular season, spoiling his rookie campaign.
December 2007: Kiffin expresses interest behind the scenes in the college opening at Arkansas before the Raiders season even ends, angering Davis.
January 2008: Kiffin is upset that he can't replace defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and asks to be fired if he can't control his staff. Davis dares him to resign instead. Kiffin stays on, but the feud does not die.
May-August 2008: Kiffin badmouths many of Davis' offseason acquisitions, most notably receiver Javon Walker, and complains that he does not have control of his roster.
September 2008: After a 41-14 season-opening loss, Kiffin says he has no control over the defense because Davis and Ryan put together the game plans. Davis gives Kiffin a warning letter to stop his public criticisms. Kiffin also suspends defensive assistant Randy Hanson, who criticized the coaching staff in a meeting following the game. Davis later overturns the suspension.
Sept. 30, 2008: Kiffin is fired with ``cause'' and replaced by Tom Cable on Sept. 30, when Davis posts his letter on an overhead projector and details much of the inner workings of the team in a bizarre news conference. Kiffin says he felt ``embarrassed'' for Davis and the organization after watching the 90-minute production.
Oct. 29, 2009: Kiffin files a grievance with the NFL to claim the lost salary he maintains he is still owed by the team for the remainder of his two-year contract. That case is still pending.
Aug. 5, 2009: Hanson goes to a Napa hospital with a broken bone in his jaw that he tells police was caused by a member of the Raiders coaching staff. Reports say Cable is the culprit and the NFL launches an investigation.

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Posted: 8/22/09 9:15PM ET


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