ALAMEDA Ė The media session with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wasnít as chipper as others have been.
Itís near the end of a season in which the unit has played well below expectations, ranking 26th overall.
Not exactly what Ryan wanted to chat about after believing he might have the best defense in the NFL back in training camp.
The Raiders canít stop the run (31st in the NFL), canít tackle consistently and thatís leaving many wondering if Ryan will have a job with the Raiders next season.
Ryan said heíd have a job in ďtwo minutesĒ if he were fired and doesnít sound worried about his future.
I donít think firing Ryan will solve any problems.
Itís not Ryanís fault that the only way the Raiders addressed their need for a run-stuffing defensive lineman was to resign Terdell Sands, who hasnít played nearly as well as the team hoped he would with a four-year, $17 million contract with $4 million guaranteed.
Ryan hasnít been stubborn stuck with underperforming starters. Two bad games by Fabian Washington put him behind Stanford Routt.
Heís also given two players (B.J. Ward, Hiram Eugene) chances to replace Stuart Schweigert at free safety when it was deemed his play wasnít up to par.
The Raiders need help along the defensive line (though Ryan wouldnít say that today).
The Raiders werenít bad enough this season to be in position to draft LSUís Glenn Dorsey, but donít be shocked if Lane Kiffin plucks a pal from USC, Sedrick Ellis to be the anchor at defensive tackle.
Ryan wouldnít criticize any of his players and some have taken some of the blame for how bad theyíve looked at times.
Kiffin was noncommittal as to whether Ryan would return next season as rumors persist he could hire his father, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in the offseason.
Hereís why thatís not likely to happen.
Kiffin has built his time in Oakland preaching open competition and no favorites. Then heíd hire his dad?
If Kiffin didnít want to play Justin Fargas too soon because they spent two seasons at USC together, imagine the scrutiny of having to critique Pops when the defense plays bad.
Also, Monte runs the Cover 2, and the Raiders donít have the personnel for that in the secondary. Nnamdi Asomugha could play in the scheme, but it emphasizes zone coverage and helping with quick run support.
And youíve seen how the Raidersí secondary tackles, right?
Sometime next week, the changes on staff should begin, if they do. Ryan might be able to test his Two-minute theory then.