Raiders Blog and Q&A

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January 24, 2008
Kiffin wants out?

That's what the NFL Network's Adam Schefter said today on the radio today. The part about the Raiders is about eight minutes in.

Thanks to Seth for passing this along to me.

Of course, it's all speculation, in part because the Raiders never go out of their way to clarify things.

The most interesting part was Schefter basically saying Al Davis is daring Kiffin to quit while Kiffin is daring Davis to fire him.

The two have contradicted each other publicly on other issues. The most notable being Kiffin saying Randy Moss told him he wouldn't play for the Raiders again while Davis said the coaching staff said Moss couldn't play at a high level anymore.

Kiffin also believed he'd be given latitude, especially with the roster, when hired.

He had a lot more say than others, but that didn't mean Kiffin got all that he wanted.

Sure, "scholarship" players like Alvis Whitted, Carlos Francis, Johnnie Morant and Chad Slaughter were gone. But Kififn would have liked to do more, like get rid of LaMont Jordan and play Michael Bush.

And don't be fooled by Kiffin claiming he had no idea about any rumored discord between he and Rob Ryan.

I think Kiffin will be back next season. He knows if he can win with the Raiders, he can get a job anywhere and succeed.

Don't forget that he does know Jon Gruden.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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