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December 11, 2007
Coach quits to coach Arkansas (no, not Kiffin)

Apparently Arkansas was determined to get an NFL coach.

Bobby Petrino reportedly resigned as Atlanta Falcons coach to take over the Razorbacks today.

The Razorbacks were reportedly interested in Lane Kiffin.

I didn’t believe Kiffin would leave the Raiders for Arkansas des[ote reports that Kiffin doesn’t believe everyone with the Raiders is behind him.

That’s not completely inaccurate. Kiffin has come in and shaken some things up, but he’s not in complete control and he is learning how things are run with the Raiders can be puzzling.

The team needs another player and could elevate a practice squad receiver to get a look at a young player at a position where the Raiders are thin.

But upper management’s decision not to put Jarrod Cooper on injured reserve means he can’t.

Kiffin has had a bigger say in personnel than Art Shell did, but that doesn’t mean he’s getting his way all the time.

That’s why Andrew Walter is still on the team.

But Kiffin is still a Raider, not a Razorback.

Oddly enough, Petrino was offered the Raiders job in 2006 that went to Shell. He didn't take it. Even if he had, it looks like he's a college coach to the core.

Kiffin has always wanted to coach in the NFL, which makes him less of a risk to bolt for a second-tier SEC team.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl ended today. Fan votes make up a third of how the team is picked. Coaches and players round out how the team is picked. They will vote Dec. 13-14.

Here are the Raiders deserving of Pro Bowl consideration:

CB Nnamdi Asomugaha – one of the NFL’s best cover cornerbacks. His interceptions are way down because teams rarely challenge him.

LB Kirk Morrison – Should be the starting middle linebacker, but doesn’t have the reputation of a Ray Lewis yet.

P Shane Lechler – Have one of his best seasons and is always among the best in the league..

LB Thomas Howard – Five interceptions for a linebacker shouldn’t be ignored. One of the NFL’s most versatile at the position.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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