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Kiffin comment

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, January 25th, 2008 at 1:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Lane Kiffin’s comment from Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl, according to ESPN.com:

“I’m not going to comment on anything that has transpired in the past three weeks,” Kiffin said.

The last three weeks.

Just about the time Kiffin wanted to make a change at defensive coordiantor and the Raiders sent out a release saying Rob Ryan would stay.

It all sounds pretty plausible from here.

At the season-ending press conference, Kiffin was resolute in changes he said were forthcoming with the Raiders. It was also clear he believed he had the power to make those changes happen.

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  • Raider4Ever

    I’m sending this e-mail and regular mail to the Raiders Org and All Davis home address:
    As a loyal Raider fan for more than 25 years. I beg you don’t fire Kiffin. STOP the insanity on this organization. I am tired of people telling me my team sucks. We need to go back to the glory days and I believe Kiffin is the right man. I was skeptical at the beginning when he was hired, but then I saw our players fighting hard and believing (in most if the games).

    He just need some time and qualified personal to be the next John Madden.
    You did a great job finding this guy . Don’t blow it again.

    Die Hard Raider

  • Booal

    We need to make a Petition to either get rid of Al, or to keep kiffin!

  • Raider4Ever

    Yes, I agree Booal.
    We need to do something about it. Write letters march in front of the Alameda or something. We need to let them know we care and we are not happy.

    I’m in

  • Zymurge

    James,

    Brilliant reply. You won’t be missed when you and the rest of the fair weather fans run off to go be Pats fans — at least for as long as they are doing well.

  • Boomer2U

    I have been a Raider fan since ’69 in grade school and I can tell you this I will no longer subject myself to the crap that Al Davis does! I have viewed this blog since its beginning and have never commented, only read and/or questioned things silently, but I invite all of the Raider Nation to protest purchasing merchandise or season tickets until “the old man” resigns himself and leaves the everyday operations to someone that has common sense and knows the NFL in the 21st century! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Raiders, but anyway you slice this is CRAZY! This sucks!

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  • Dski

    Boomer2U, I’m only five years behind you in fandom. I’m resigning from being a Raider fan for at least a year if Kiffin goes. Al’s behavior is juvenile. I thought he invited disagreement? It began with the benching of Marcus Allen, my favorite Raider, to the weekly deactivation of Steve Beurlein when he was our best qb to first Art Shell firing to Gruden to the utter stupidity of allowing Art Shell to hire Tom Walsh when Tom Walsh was the reason Art got fired the first time to Whitted starting over Porter and Curry to keeping 4 qbs on the roster to not allowing Kiffin to fire Ryan to this latest asinine stuff. And that’s not counting his screwing with LA and Oakland to his suing Tampa Bay for trademark infringement.

    What an unhappy bastard!

    This is as close as I’ve come to saying Al needs to go, but I’m gonna jump off the ledge. Al needs to go, or at the very least, step off and back.

    Jesus Christ, what dysfunctional madness.

  • James

    Zymurge,

    Keep bending over without the vaseline you moron, apparently you like it you little BI!@#. You’re IGNORANCE IS ASTOUNDING. AIN’T NO ONE RUNNING OFF TO BE A PAT FAN WE’RE JUST NOT GOING TO SIT HERE AND TAKE IT IN THE A!@ LIKE YOU! OH AND JOHN D., WHY THE HELL DO YOU THINK KIFFIN (IF HE DID) CALL THOSE COLLEGES, BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO WORK WITH A MEDDLING OWNER WHO WON’T LET HIS COACHES DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. AND JOE D, HAS IT EVER OCCURRED TO YOU THAT ONE OF THE REASONS THE RAIDERS WERE 4-12 IS BECAUSE THE FRONT OFFICE HAS SIGNED INFERIOR TALENT…CASE IN POINT…THAT O-LINE SUCKS…PERIOD!

    ENJOY THE A!@ RAPE ZYMURGE, APPARENTLY YOU LOVE IT!

  • Edward T

    james and Bummer2

    you guys need each other, losers attract losers
    Your not going to sit their and take it, huh, then leave moron

  • James

    Edward T and Zymurge,

    YOU GUYS DEFINITELY DESERVE EACH OTHER…ENJOY THE THREESOME A!@ RAPE WITH AL YOU MYOPIC, IGNORANT BIT!@!!

    SMARTEST RAIDER OF ALL TIME: WARREN SAPP…Tells Al and the Raiders to go F*&^ THEMSELVES!

  • John

    Raider fans
    vote with your wallet
    BOYCOTT Raider games and merchandise

  • Rocco

    What is all this love for Kiffie. He only won 4-games. That doesn’t get him control of the franchise. Al may be senile, but he still knows more about football than some young whippersnapper.

    Parcells won 2-Super Bowls and made it to a 3rd before he could shop for the groceries.

    Kiffie is a punk.

  • http://gts-designs.com Gary

    If us fans want to make a statement then let’s all join forces and quit buying their merchandise, and stop going to the games. It’s certainly what worked in Houston. What better way is there to get his attention? Pay a guy 60+ million (JR) to play and then fail to fill the stands, I think that speaks volumes. Then maybe the other 49 percent of the teams ownership have enough. They tried to get him out once they just need to try harder! Heck it might be what it takes to get the NFL finally involved. Baseball took similar steps with the Reds and suspended Marge Schott why can’t the NFL do the same? Goodell has proven he’s not afraid to make waves.

    Raider faithful, but very tired of the antics!

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  • napa raider

    It’s the same old story, another young inspired coach takes over the Raiders and Davis squashes him because the coach wants to make the team better. When will they wake up and realize they’ll never be a winner again until they get new blood into the organization. It was the same story with Gruden he makes them a winner shows a little spine to Davis and see ya. All he does is go to Tampa and kick the Raiders backside in the Super Bowl and the Raiders haven’t been the same since. You’d think at some point they’d get a clue! But no here we go again, let’s get some spineless washed up loser that’ll kiss Big Al’s butt and we’ll be 2-14 forever. Yes Lofton and Green would fit the requirements. Hey look at the positive we’ll get high draft choices for years that’ll do us no good. If you want to get rid of Kiffin then grow a sack and get somebody like Cowher and give him the reins.

  • RFFL

    It’s offical(they announced it anyway) Kiff WILL be back for the 08 season……..

  • JediRaider

    This makes me sick. I used to enjoy the “dysfunctional” Raiders stories….back in the days when we were winning and/or reloading. Al was always crazy…he just dropped the …”like a fox” part a few years ago. No WAY I’m buying season tickets…I might not even buy tix for games that are blacked out – I’ll just head to Reno, Vegas, or down south a bit to watch and enjoy the rest of my day doing something else after the Raiders lose instead of walking out of the HOT crammed with the rest of my bummed bretheren down the walkway to the BART for an hour ride…the guys on the team deserve a medal of honor for playing through this…this bs will ruin several promosing careers…there’s no reason to even start picking favorite players…they’re doomed. Maybe Al needs another first…first team to win the superbowl with a brand new coach. Oh wait, he fired that guy and he beat us in the superbowl a few years ago.

    Al, you’ve been around too long to keep the grudge match going…you’ve acquired too many enemies, nemeses (sp?), and targets of anger. Just let Kiffin run this team like every team in the NFL allows their head coach…your genious as an owner can only be demonstrated by hiring the right guy for the job and letting him do his thing. If you can’t deal with not getting all the damn credit, than just coach the team your f’n self so it becomes readily apparent who to blame (here’s a hint, look in the mirror).

    Don’t ruin your legacy with this powertrip.

  • strangler

    What a sad, sad off season this is going to be, I’ve had it up to my ears with this crap.

  • Sezn Ticket

    There’s too many holes to plug on this sinkng pirate ship…this is reported on Yahoo sports;

    Jan 28 Jason Jones, of the Sacramento Bee, reports Oakland Raiders players have begun calling managing general partner Al Davis to express their displeasure with head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin’s insistence on wanting to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, defensive line coach Keith Millard, linebackers coach Don Martindale and defensive backs coach Darren Perry is considered a reason for the players’ displeasure.

  • daniel zeitz

    I don’t know who your sources are but you obiviously have been misinformed.Neither Al Davis or Kifin were quoted to prove that any of theese stories are true.
    In fact, ther is no merit in any of these alegations.
    Kifin never said that he wanted to get rid of Ryan,
    nor did Davis say that he wanted to get rid of Kifin.
    Well, if you count the imaginery source, you do have some proof. The last one was funniest to me because it was Kiffin who interviewed Lofton first. This is tabloid media that underminds the credibillity of the
    reporters and their sponsors.

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