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September 12, 2008
Kiffin gets Sirius

Below is a transcript from Lane Kiffin's appearance today on "Movin' The Chains" on SIRIUS NFL Radio with hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwa

Host, Pat Kirwan: "Your offense is a work in progress. We've pointed out the good and what looks like it's on the rise but, at this point in their careers and in the program, you need the defense to do more than they did [against the Broncos]. That's flat out true. Lots of big stories about you guys this week. I have a feeling that you and Rob Ryan have actually come a little closer as professionals."

Lane Kiffin: "Well, Rob [Ryan] and I have a good working relationship. There's no issues between the two of us on a day-to-day basis by any means. Do we have the exact same philosophy on defense? No, but I don't think you meet people who do unless they've come from the same scheme. One game won't define who we are on offense, defense, special teams or as a team. We did not play very well on defense in the game and they came out and got us. We're not going to let one game define us. We'll go into Arrowhead and [we've] got a chance to turn it around this week, get back to 1-1 and let people start writing good stories."

Host, Tim Ryan: "How do you get back to that, Lane, and talking to Rob Ryan, your defensive coordinator? With the ability you've got on the corners, and there's a lot of money out there, there's a lot of ability out there when you talk about Nnamdi Asomugha and DeAngelo Hall. How do you jump start this defense, if you will, to getting some early production in a football game and not sitting back on your heels? Talk about that."

Lane Kiffin: "Well, first off I think it was just another lesson and I said at the beginning of the off-season, once we signed all these players and made all this movement, that that's great we're really good on paper but if we don't play together as units and we don't play together as a team it won't mean anything. And I think that was a really good example on defense. We have all this talent on paper like I said all along but we didn't play together. We had some communication issues, some blown assignments. We didn't even make Denver work hard at times. We let them off before the play even started sometimes in some communication things. You've got to play together as a unit no matter how talented you are and talent doesn't win unless it plays together. We've had a good week of practice and I think we'll be back on track this week."

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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