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January 3, 2008
The axe hasn't fallen (yet)

So much for Lane Kiffin’s quick resolution regarding his defensive staff.

Kiffin is learning that things are rarely resolved quickly with the Raiders. While other coaches have already made moves to fire coordinators, the expected dismissal of Rob Ryan hasn’t happened.

This could change in a matter of minutes, but the Raiders aren’t going to rush to announce a decision because as we all know, it isn’t up to Kiffin in the end.

Al Davis has to sign off on the decision and he’s fond of Ryan.

Kiffin will probably get his way (sort of) and assistants retained from previous staffs like linebackers coach Don Martindale and defensive line coach Keith Millard if Davis refuses to let him fire Ryan.

I think it’s only fair Kiffin is allowed to bring in his own coordinator. If the fate of the Raiders ultimately rests with Kiffin, he should have the people around him he wants.

Davis loves the approach that doesn’t favor blitzing and man-to-man coverage. But how’s that worked out?

If Ryan overcomes the odds and is retained, which is still highly unlikely, there needs to be a change in philosophy.

I never thought one of Buddy Ryan’s kids would ever be known for having a passive approach, but that’s how the Raiders looked last season.

By the way, Kiffin’s father, Monte, told media in Tampa yesterday he’d like to stay in Tampa. So at least for now, maybe the talk of hiring his dad will die down.

But once Tampa’s season is over, it will spark up 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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