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Old 30 Sep 2008, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finally we don't have to see this shit on ESPN anymore...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3617977

Sources: Raiders finally fire Kiffin, consider promoting assistants

The inevitable became reality Tuesday when Lane Kiffin was fired by Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis without pay via the telephone, according to team sources.

Tom Cable, the team's offensive line coach, was emerging as the leading candidate to replace Kiffin, a source said. Cable was among three coaches interviewed by Davis on Monday night; the others were offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and special consultant Paul Hackett.

Davis is expected to have a press conference later Tuesday to explain his decision to dismiss Kiffin.

Unlike the St. Louis Rams, who fired coach Scott Linehan on Monday, the news was not delivered by Davis in a face-to-face meeting. Kiffin was notified by a team executive Tuesday morning that Davis would call him at 9:15 a.m. PT to relieve the coach of his duties. The call came shortly after that time.

Linehan also was allowed to speak briefly with his players on Monday. Kiffin will not be afforded the same opportunity, a source said.

The news did not blindside Kiffin, who was informed by a team executive that he would be fired after the Raiders 24-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills in week three. Even though Davis didn't act a week ago, as Kiffin was told, many team insiders expected the Oakland owner to fire the coach during this bye week.

The Raiders are 1-3, having blown leads in the fourth quarter to the Bills and the San Diego Chargers. During Kiffin's 20-game tenure, in which the team was 5-15, the Raiders took leads into the fourth quarter of 11 games.

Davis hired Kiffin, who was USC's offensive coordinator at the time, as the NFL's youngest coach at 31 years old in February 2007. Even though many observers questioned the hiring, Kiffin ultimately gained respect around the league for fielding a significantly more competitive team than the Raiders had displayed before he was hired.

Despite being competitive in the majority of games, Kiffin and Davis had a falling out on several fronts, starting when Davis believed Kiffin expressed private interest in the head coaching position at the University of Arkansas during the 2007 season.

However, it was well-documented that their relationship disintegrated when Kiffin attempted to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after the 2007 season. A source said Kiffin suggested to Davis that the owner had reneged on an agreement that the coach would have control over his own staff. Shortly thereafter, Davis sent a letter of resignation for Kiffin to sign, sources said. Kiffin declined.

Kiffin also opposed some of Davis' big free-agent signings such as wide receiver Javon Walker and, to a lesser degree, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, sources said. Kiffin also expressed public frustration that the team was not more aggressive in claiming other team's released players via the waiver process to strengthen the bottom of the roster.

However, a Raiders source said that Davis privately sent a letter to Kiffin after the season's opening-game loss to the Broncos, attempting to "document" that the coach approved of the offseason acquisitions. A source close to Kiffin described that claim as "fiction."

Chris Mortensen is senior NFL analyst for ESPN.
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I feel bad for Lane Kiffin. I bet he gets a lot of respect around the league for putting up with Al Davis' bullshit, which will turn into another coaching opportunity elsewhere.
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I thought Kiffen wanted to let Ryan go so he could run for greener pastures? Really, he's the best coordinator on that team, so why isn't Ryan being selected to take over Davis is crazy and I love it. I'm also not sure how he can keep Lane's money. Go lawyer up Lane and give it back to the old man. Besides, you're a good guy and you didn't deserve this shit. Don't know what idiot is going to fill your shoes next season though
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I'd love to see what Kiffin can do in a better situation.
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The Raiders reason for firing him was "For causes" according to SportsLine. Al Davis must have said that.
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Kiffin will probably win his grievance...Davis is fucking nuts.

I have to say I'll miss the entertainment once Davis croaks...

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...only the Raiders can be this damn amusing.
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who the fuck is tom cable?
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some figure head that Al Davis could control...

That was the reason to hired Kiffin in the first place...
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some figure head that Al Davis could control...

That was the reason to hired Kiffin in the first place...
Kiffin never took Al's shit. Which is why Al wanted him gone. I don't know who that other guy is, but I'll bet he's not their coach next season. You're right though, Davis just wants a puppet and anyone who stands up to him gets fired or buried or fined or benched etc. But it's not like I'm complaining.
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Kiffin was a very good coach for that team. He did more with less than almost any coach in the league. He has this team in every game, they're just too young to finish them, and that is understandable. In 2 or 3 years, Kiffin could have had this franchise back up to a respectable level. But good ol' Al passed on that.
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I'm also not sure how he can keep Lane's money.
I don't know how that works, either...but he kept Shanahan's money.

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I don't know how that works, either...but he kept Shanahan's money.

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Yeah, hasn't shanarat been suing him since 92 or something?
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I don't know if the case is still pending, but yeah...it was actually pretty funny.

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It's almost comical how insane Al Davis has gone. Senile does not even begin to describe him.
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I really liked Kiffin. I thought he had us back on the path to respectibility. Until Davis dies we are gonna be a laughingstock. The 60's and 70's are over. That way of running a franchise is long gone. Tom Cable is gone come February. I could see Fassel or Billick jumping at the head coaching job just to get back in the NFL.
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