INDIANAPOLIS – For a team that won only four games in 2007, the Oakland Raiders are a hot topic at the NFL Combine.
Lane Kiffin understandably wants no part of the media.
There is talk he won’t be the Raiders coach by time the NFL Draft rolls around in April.
Here’s what I’ve gathered from my encounters at Nicky Blaine’s, Ike and Jonsey’s (nice name) in which Kiffin declined comment and in speaking with several people this weekend.
*Kiffin is involved with scouting and personnel meetings regarding the draft.
*The rumblings I heard from players being unhappy with Kiffin’s offense are true. The locker room Kiffin worked so hard to “fix” is split again.
*The turmoil talk has a lot of rookies telling their agents NOT to let them end up in Oakland.
*There’s a feeling among some that Kiffin was immature in his dealings with the team via his flirtations with Arkansas and other college jobs and he needs to grow up. Others believe the drama around the Raiders is the kind of stuff that happens with a lot of clubs. Along those lines, Kiffin and owner Al Davis clash because they have similar personalities.
*Kiffin has not been ostracized by the entire staff. He does have friends that work in Alameda.
*As of now things are fine, but with Davis in charge, that could change any moment.