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January 4, 2008
Ryan's still a Raider

It’s not going to happen, apparently:

It had been reported Rob Ryan was already fired as Raiders defensive coordinator.

Here is the team’s statement:

“The recent conjecture regarding the removal of Rob Ryan is incorrect and the constant barrage of rumors is irresponsible. The Raider Organization — through spokesman Mike Taylor — stated that the speculation that Rob Ryan will be relieved of his duties should stop.”

OK. That means the Raiders want the media to stop saying Ryan has been fired or might be fired.

Fair enough. So when will Lane Kiffin come out and say Ryan is his guy?

Of course the speculation is incorrect if it hasn't happened yet. But isn't that the point of speculation?

Remember, the Raiders resorted to name-calling when the NFL Network reported Art Shell would be fired during the 2006 season.

Then he was fired.

The speculation won't stop until Kiffin says Ryan won't be fired.

Kiffin hasn’t said anything positive about the defensive staff in a while.

He’s called the defense a disappointment, but didn’t blame the defense entirely for the 4-12 season.

I’ve contended all the problems on defense weren’t Ryan’s alone, but if Kiffin wanted his own defensive coordinator that was only fair.

Al Davis likes Ryan in large part because Ryan is willing to run a scheme he favors—little blitzing and man coverage.

Because of that I knew it would be hard for Kiffin to fire Ryan. Ryan also has the support of several players, and that’s always something Davis weighs in coaching decisions.

It’ll be interesting to see what Kiffin says about Ryan whenever he speaks publicly again.

--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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