Lane Kiffin Reportedly To Be Fired By Raiders This Week. Rob Ryan To Be Named Head Coach.

Al Davis Has Had Enough Of Lane Kiffin. Set To Make Lord Vader Head Coach.

9/15/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


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.

What NFL franchise would dump the head coach with a 1-1 record two weeks into a 17-week season?

This one.

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
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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]
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9/16/08   |   primo   |   1 respect

Maybe JaMarcus just needs to settle down and start throwing the ball. If not, he's going to look like Vince Young and Tavaris Jackson.

Maybe if ROnald Curry can catch the ball every once in a while would boost up his confidence as well.

9/15/08   |   uptown7010

danny_n94 wrote:
well under Gruden he had them doing great, but I guess Al would rather go vertical than win. It has to be his way or the highway. As a Bronco fan I could not be happier

I feel you on that. ME, Giants and Jets fan.

9/15/08   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

uptown7010 wrote:
Possible conflict of interest against the vertical game you think?

well under Gruden he had them doing great, but I guess Al would rather go vertical than win. It has to be his way or the highway. As a Bronco fan I could not be happier

9/15/08   |   uptown7010

danny_n94 wrote:
You would think except that they both employ the west coast type of offense and Al like the vertical game.

Possible conflict of interest against the vertical game you think?

9/15/08   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

uptown7010 wrote:
Could it be that JON and MIKE took the Raider play book with them? LOL.

You would think except that they both employ the west coast type of offense and Al like the vertical game.

9/15/08   |   uptown7010

danny_n94 wrote:
Ummm, the raiders do not have the talent to be serious contendors. The have a great 3 headed monster at rb, the QB position is shaky at best and the WR's blow. The defense insnt that good, especially stopping the run. BTW what are the championships that Davis and Madden won? If I am correct they won a single Super Bowl (XI) and Madden retired 2 seasons later. Al is a guy who has let the NFL pass him by. Look Since he fired Shanahan he has seen him and Gruden both win more Super Bowls than the raiders. Until Al lets his head coach, actually be a head coach nothing will change. The only reason the raiders are not the worst team in the NFL is because Herm Edwards is coaching in KC,

Could it be that JON and MIKE took the Raider play book with them? LOL.

9/15/08   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

uptown7010 wrote:
People tend to forget that Al Davis is the original Raider himself. He coached them before he owned them for those who don't know. John Madden came along as an assistant with the Raider attitude and personified it. AL and John made the Raiders the most feared team in the NFL when they ran them and got championships to show for it. Al Davis is a situation manager and if Lane is not managing the game right AL will show him the door. The Raiders have enough talent to be a serious contender but calling the plays and also playing to your players strengths also takes some time so AL should be a little more patient with Lane to see if he can turn this thing around.
(Edited by danny_n94)

Ummm, the raiders do not have the talent to be serious contendors. The have a great 3 headed monster at rb, the QB position is shaky at best and the WR's blow. The defense insnt that good, especially stopping the run. BTW what are the championships that Davis and Madden won? If I am correct they won a single Super Bowl (XI) and Madden retired 2 seasons later. Al is a guy who has let the NFL pass him by. Look Since he fired Shanahan he has seen him and Gruden both win more Super Bowls than the raiders. Until Al lets his head coach, actually be a head coach nothing will change. The only reason the raiders are not the worst team in the NFL is because Herm Edwards is coaching in KC,

9/15/08   |   uptown7010

People tend to forget that Al Davis is the original Raider himself. He coached them before he owned them for those who don't know. John Madden came along as an assistant with the Raider attitude and personified it. AL and John made the Raiders the most feared team in the NFL when they ran them and got championships to show for it. Al Davis is a situation manager and if Lane is not managing the game right AL will show him the door. The Raiders have enough talent to be a serious contender but calling the plays and also playing to your players strengths also takes some time so AL should be a little more patient with Lane to see if he can turn this thing around.

9/15/08   |   Scott   |   49402 respect

As long as Al Davis is the man in charge, the Raiders will never win anything. 

9/15/08   |   PaulAbbott   |   6 respect

May the force be with both candidates. Lightning coming from your fingers makes a hell of an impression on a team.