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September 14, 2008
Kiffin takes the talk in stride

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lane Kiffin doesn't act like someone about to lose his job.

In fact, he made time to joke about it with a few reporters.

He followed a cordial "See you later" with a "maybe" as the locker room at Arrowhead Stadium cleared out.

A source familiar the Raiders' coaching situation tells me Lane Kiffin wouldn't be fired if the Raiders win today.

But who knows what will really happen?

As for the players that had heard reports of Kiffin's impending dismissal as soon as tomorrow, they were largely unaffected.

After all, changing coaches with the Raiders is nothing new.

CB Nnamdi Asomugha said the talk becomes "redundant." He's had four head coaches in six years.

Whether today's 23-8 win is enough to save Kiffin's job is anyone's guess.

"That's not my decision," Kiffin said. "I'm excited about the way our staff and players prepared this week. And if I'm here, we'll do the same next week."

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The defense looked like what it was billed to be all offseason. Sure, it was against a struggling offense and a No. 3 quarterback most of the day. But remember someone named Kolby Smith looked like an All-Pro running back here against the Raiders last season.

And Eddie Royal looked like Jerry Rice last Monday.

LB Kirk Morrison said the biggest change was to make things simple. Instead of worrying about trying to check into a defense to match everything the offense does, the Raiders kept it simple and aggressive.

The five sacks and numerous blitzes showcased that.

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Justin Fargas' status is unknown at this time. He left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return.

He was wearing sweats in the second half and was out of the locker room by time the media entered for interviews.

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Kiffin said about 75 percent of the running plays were called away from LT Mario Henderson, who started in place of Kwame Harris, who missed the game with a knee injury.

The crowd was announced sell out, but the stands were noticeably empty here at Arrowhead.

It seems like the locals aren't too thrilled about these Chiefs.

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I'll check in later when I go over the stats and see how the rest of the NFL did. But I'm about to get some barbecue before I get out of Kansas City.

--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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