Itís not going to happen, apparently:
It had been reported Rob Ryan was already fired as Raiders defensive coordinator.
Here is the teamís statement:
ďThe recent conjecture regarding the removal of Rob Ryan is incorrect and the constant barrage of rumors is irresponsible. The Raider Organization ó through spokesman Mike Taylor ó stated that the speculation that Rob Ryan will be relieved of his duties should stop.Ē
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 hasnít said anything positive about the defensive staff in a while.
Heís called the defense a disappointment, but didnít blame the defense entirely for the 4-12 season.
Iíve contended all the problems on defense werenít Ryanís 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 favorsólittle 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 thatís always something Davis weighs in coaching decisions.
Itíll be interesting to see what Kiffin says about Ryan whenever he speaks publicly again.