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December 1, 2008
Chewing on Cable and Kiffin

ALAMEDA - Before getting to Tom Cable saying it's OK to "chew" on his butt, let's touch on one Lane "Lance" Kiffin's introduction as the new head coach at the University of Tennessee.

But first, a few words from Cable on his old boss landing one of the most coveted college jobs.

"Well, I'm happy for him and his family, he can move forward now," Cable said. "That's what he should do and move to the next step in his career."

Not so fast.

Before Kiffin moves forward (and waits for his grievance to get his money from Al Davis), he had to say something when asked about his time with the Raiders.

"To deal with a completely dysfunctional franchise when you get there --t hat wasn't a joke -- that's really valuable," Kiffin said. "You can't go to school and learn crissis management like going there."

Here's a little more Kiffin for you:

"It was a great experience, as far as being able to go through all the daily interactions that you have with players in the NFL and with what happens in that building. To be able to deal with that, in that environment, it makes everything else you do easy, from my opinion."

Nice to know the dysfunction in "that building" in Alameda makes going to the Southeastern Conference "easy."

So I guess that means he'll have no problem beating Florida next season.

*By the way, Kiffin didn't confirm that his father, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, would join him with the Volunteers.

If he does, Monte's last game in Tampa Bay would be against Raiders.

You think he'd like to go out with a bang by beating up the team that fired his son?

But back to Raiders-related matters...

*Cable said the fake field goal in yesterday's game would have worked because of the "width" of the Kansas City defender set the Chiefs up to be bewildered long enough for Sebastian Janikowski to run about 20 yards total for a first down.

Yes, Janikowski could have juked Maurice Leggett, who read the play perfectly or that Shane Lechler's unusual stance tipped everyone off that something was up.

"Just hurried a little bit at kicker, that's all," said Cable of what went wrong on the play. "I think the pitch was fine in terms of where he was supposed to be, and all that. Just hurried it up a little bit too much."

Cable said the play worked every time in practice. Then again, the Raiders said they had their best practices of the season leading up to the 24-0 beating they took from the Atlanta Falcons.

"It worked every time, and that's the shame of it all," Cable said. "But it's like I mentioned a few weeks ago, if you take a chance like that and it works, everybody thinks you're a genius. When it doesn't everyone wants to chew on your butt. So chew."

There you have it, Raider Nation. Get in line if you want to take a bite.

*One of the questions many have is what was Davis' reaction to seeing his prized punter and kicker involved in a fake field goal.

Cable said he spoke with Davis this morning, but didn't divulge any details except to say they talk about "a lot of things."

"One thing he and I share is a tremendous passion for winning," Cable said. "Losing is about the worst thing in our lives. That's what it
is."

*The talk of the AFC West being up for grabs still comes up for some reason.

I guess the Raiders aren't mathematically eliminated. They need one more loss or Denver win to be guaranteed another season out of the playoffs.

This clearly a case where logic should take precedence over math, but it can't yet.

"As I mentioned last couple weeks, we're really not out of it," Cable said. "You keep having something to play for. Everyone has had their issues. All four teams have had their issues in different ways, some of it injuries, some of it just poor play. So we're kind of all in this thing together and it's just really whoever will sort it out best at the end."

*No new injuries. Linebacker Ricky Brown (groin) could return Thursday and would get his starting job back because Cable said players don't lose their jobs to injuries.

--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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