ESPN and Fox Sports both reported late last night that Lane Kiffin's firing could happen as soon as today.
From what I've been told, it hasn't happened yet. But assuming it does happen today the candidates to replace Kiffin would be either two long-time defensive employees (coordinator Rob Ryan or linebackers coach Don Martindale) or receivers coach James Lofton.
Lofton and Martindale have been loyal employees for five years. Never complaining, just going about their jobs and are popular amongst players.
Lofton would be an interesting selection because his first game as head coach would be Sunday against the team that fired him as receivers coach, the San Diego Chargers.
It was said during the offseason that owner Al Davis was keeping potential head coaches on staff or a phone call away so that when he was ready to fire Kiffin he wouldn't have to look far for a replacement.
It's (obviously) impossible to know exactly what Davis is thinking. Does he really blame the entire loss in Buffalo on Kiffin?
Who knows. But there needs to be a resolution quickly or this season -- which isn't lost yet -- will be.