While the majority of the country yesterday was treated to the epic Redskins vs. Cowboys showdown in Dallas, I was
And while we all know Lane Kiffin is expected to be fired any day now, it seemed like he had plans to speed up the process and see if he could get that to happen by halftime.
For some reason, just before halftime with the Raiders leading 15-0, Kiffin let Sebastian Janikowski - who admittedly does have a huge leg - attempt a 76-yard field goal. That's 13 yards more than the longest field goal in NFL history, and apparently Janikowski's attempt was into a slight headwind as well. As absurd as that sounds, what's even more absurd is that the Raiders actually called a timeout with one second left in the half to set this thing up rather than just let the clock run out.
Considering you can return missed field goals that lands short of the goal post, and the Chargers had Antonio Cromartie back there, who has taken a missed field goal to house before, Kiffin's decision was stupid beyond belief. While the Raiders didn't have to pay for it, one can only wonder what would happened had Cromartie indeed returned it for a touchdown. My guess is Al Davis would have had Kiffin burned at the stake, immediately.
The interesting thing though is that the NFL apparently doesn't keep track of the length of attempted field goals that missed. So it's not known if Janikowski's 76-yard attempt is the longest in NFL history. But I'll go out on a limb though and say yes it is, by far.
As for Kiffin, after this insane move, combined with letting 2 wins slip away in the last two weeks, I'd have to think he gets canned this week. Otherwise, if that doesn't happen, expect to see the Raiders run at least four quadruple reverse hook-and-ladder play this next Sunday.