Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 14, 2008
Not if, but when?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tim Kawakami notes in his blog that Lane Kiffin could be fired as early as tomorrow if the Raiders play today like they did in losing to Denver (like an undisciplined, unmotivated bunch) and end up losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Just about every one around the Raiders has been waiting for this to happen since January, when it became obvious Kiffin and Davis didn't like each other.

Kiffin was interested in college jobs. Davis was mad. Kiffin wanted to change the coaching staff. Davis said no.

Kiffin has spent much of the offseason making it clear there are things he cannot control and that Davis is to blame from everything to the roster to the lack of blitzes.

Even though the Raiders had Rob Ryan dispute Kiffin's claim regarding Davis being involved in the defensive gameplan, it's been widely said for years that Davis has a hand in the defense.

And there are those within the organization that would have you believe the plays that went bad against Denver weren't Ryan's schemes, rather plays Kiffin wanted to run.


There have been those in the Raiders organization that haven't liked Kiffin for sometime. They see Kiffin as having a "here to save this franchise" attitude that's considered an insult to Davis.

He's not a Raider and doesn't understand the Raider way.

There are those on the coaching staff that aren't fond of Kiffin's style, which includes calling out players publicly and saying the roster isn't talented.

Davis has prepared to fire Kiffin for months by putting people in place (James Lofton, Greg Knapp, Jim Fassel) around the team that he's liked as a head coach in the past.

Kawakami reports Lofton, running backs coach Tom Rathman and Fassel are the top-3 candidates should Davis fire Kiffin.

So let's see how long Kiffin remains a Raider. Chances are a win over the Chiefs today extends Kiffin's tenure for a few days.

--Jason Jones

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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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