Lane Kiffin Fired By Al Davis. Davis Refuses To Pay Kiffin.

This Is Only Going To Get Worse - Much Worse - Before It Gets Better

9/30/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Lane Kiffin Fired By Al Davis

Mercifully, it's finally happened. Lane Kiffin has been fired as the Raiders head coach. This actually seemed inevitable that it would happen today because last night Al Davis was interviewing candidates to replace Kiffin.

Offensive line coach (huh?) Tom Cable has reportedly been made the new head coach.

Anyway, Kiffin lasted four games more than Art Shell's single season in 2006 and matched Mike Shanahan's run in 1987-88. Something tells me Kiffin thinks as highly of Davis as Shanahan does at this point in time.

Now here's the interesting tidbit surrounding Kiffin's firing. Kiffin is still owed $3.5 million because he was fired and didn't resign. But via Pro Football Talk, Chris Mortensen has said that Davis has told Kiffin he won't pay him any of the remainder of his salary.

While I often make fun of Mortensen for getting stories wrong, I know he's correct here. Davis has planned on not paying Kiffin once he fired him for a while now. So what's Davis's argument going to be? He'll claim insubordination on Kiffin's part. Basically, insubordination constitutes Kiffin being pretty vocal while he was getting jerked around as head coach of the Raiders. I didn't know telling telling the truth was considered insubordination, but you learn something new every day.

Naturally, this thing will be going to court, which seems to be where everything for the Raiders ends these days.

Just so you know, Mike Shanahan never got paid in full by Davis either. And as we all know, Shanahan has made it a point to humiliate the Raiders every time he plays them. I'm not sure Kiffin will ever get that chance, but if he does, you sure as hell can expect more of the same.

And on top of all this, the Raiders are a ridiculously awful 19-63 since their 2002 Super Bowl appearance. As much as I hate to say it, don't expect that to change until Al Davis gives up control of the team (which won't happen) or kicks the bucket.

Raiders fire Kiffin [SFGate]
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10/1/08   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

This is so awesome. The longer Davis runs the team the less competion there is going to be for the AFC West. This year its between Denver and SD. Now if KC gets its act together it will be eventually on 3 teams that will have a legit chance for. Go Al

10/1/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Right now somewhere Shanahan is laughing. He is also making a mental note to send Lane a fruit basket.

10/1/08   |   Michael_G   |   37966 respect

 Al Davis....how very sad. Can the N.F.L step in and replace an owner? The man has lost his frigging mind

9/30/08   |   Reef PIE   |   1 respect

Pat wrote:
It's funny that you would even insinuate that Al Davis even has an outside chance of going to heaven.

I don't wish hell upon no one....but I'm sure it's a special place reserved for him there

9/30/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Reef PIE wrote:

As a Raider fan - I like Lane Kiffin - Al Davis, isn't heaven or hell calling - ANSWER THE PHONE ALREADY!!!

It's funny that you would even insinuate that Al Davis even has an outside chance of going to heaven.

9/30/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
I meant the chance to ever square off against Davis again. By the time Kiffin gets back to the NFL, Davis will either be dead or a vampire.

Ah... yes... I suppose that's a possibility as well. In any event, if Davis is a vampire, he'll be around for a long time.

9/30/08   |   Reef PIE   |   1 respect

As a Raider fan - I like Lane Kiffin - Al Davis, isn't heaven or hell calling - ANSWER THE PHONE ALREADY!!!

9/30/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Pat wrote:
"I'm not sure Kiffin will ever get that chance, but if he does, you sure as hell can expect more of the same."

I believe Kiffin will get another chance somewhere. He'll have to start again at a lower level, likely as an offensive assistant, and later a coordinator, but he has certainly proven himself, at least in my opinion.

The most telling thing, in my opinion was that the Players Union complained about his practices being too intense. To me, that seems like exactly what the Raiders needed. Kiffin has the drive to succeed. If he is given a chance with an owner that is less of an ignorant control freak, I think he will do well. I hope the Chiefs hire him, once they finally realize that Herm Edwards is a horrible coach. That would give Kiffin a little bit of talent, and the opportunity to pull a Shanahan, and destroy the Raiders twice a year.

I meant the chance to ever square off against Davis again. By the time Kiffin gets back to the NFL, Davis will either be dead or a vampire.

9/30/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

"I'm not sure Kiffin will ever get that chance, but if he does, you sure as hell can expect more of the same."

I believe Kiffin will get another chance somewhere. He'll have to start again at a lower level, likely as an offensive assistant, and later a coordinator, but he has certainly proven himself, at least in my opinion.

The most telling thing, in my opinion was that the Players Union complained about his practices being too intense. To me, that seems like exactly what the Raiders needed. Kiffin has the drive to succeed. If he is given a chance with an owner that is less of an ignorant control freak, I think he will do well. I hope the Chiefs hire him, once they finally realize that Herm Edwards is a horrible coach. That would give Kiffin a little bit of talent, and the opportunity to pull a Shanahan, and destroy the Raiders twice a year.