So much for Lane Kiffinís 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 hasnít happened.
This could change in a matter of minutes, but the Raiders arenít going to rush to announce a decision because as we all know, it isnít up to Kiffin in the end.
Al Davis has to sign off on the decision and heís 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 itís 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 doesnít favor blitzing and man-to-man coverage. But howís 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 Ryanís kids would ever be known for having a passive approach, but thatís how the Raiders looked last season.
By the way, Kiffinís father, Monte, told media in Tampa yesterday heíd like to stay in Tampa. So at least for now, maybe the talk of hiring his dad will die down.
But once Tampaís season is over, it will spark up again.