The Raiders may have beaten the Chiefs Sunday, at Arrowhead no less, but it looks like even that won't save Lane Kiffin's job.
As you may remember, rumors swirled before the Raiders/Chiefs game that should the Raiders lose, he'd be fired. Well, they won of course, but apparently Al Davis doesn't care.
Kiffin is finished in Oakland; it's now a matter of when. His fate was sealed Wednesday, when Kiffin told the media that the 41-14 Monday night meltdown against the Broncos happened in large part because defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the team's owner conspire to exclude him from defensive decisions. With that, the NFL's youngest head coach was dead to Davis.
Apparently the team is now split quite literally down the middle. Kiffin is allied with the offense, Ryan with the defense and Davis. It's like a chapter of Machiavelli's The Prince come to life on the football field, except with Darren McFadden in a primary role.
The beauty of all this is that it won't end with Kiffin's firing. No sir, not at all. As you may recall, Kiffin was asked to resign at the end of last season because he wanted to fire Rob Ryan. The Raiders also attempted to have him resign so they wouldn't have to pay him his full contract. Kiffin refused, of course.
But if you think Al Davis is still going to pay Kiffin, you're nuts. Apparently Davis is going to charge Kiffin with insubordination for Kiffin's brutal public honesty about his lack of control over coaching and personnel decisions since he was hired in January 2007. I'm not sure how that's insubordination, considering it's the truth.
Kiffin and his agent will sue, I'm sure. Meanwhile, it's a toss up between Rob Ryan and Darth Vader for who will become the Raiders next head coach. Personally, I'm pulling for Vader.
By the way, right now I'd like to remind Chiefs fans that you somehow lost to this team. May God have mercy on your souls.
Kiffin on his way out, despite victory [San Francisco Chronicle]