Lofton interview concludes


The Raiders finished a day-long interview with James Lofton for an undisclosed position and senior executive John Herrera had no announcements other than the interview went well and there could be a resolution in the next day or so.

Lofton, fired last week by the San Diego Chargers, twice interviewed for the head coaching job with Al Davis. His interview this time was with coach Lane Kiffin and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, according to Herrera, indicating Charles Coe could be on his way out as wide receivers coach.

Having Kiffin and Knapp involved in the hiring of an offensive assistant means any differences the head coach has with owner Al Davis regarding makeup of the defensive staff appear well short of Kiffin either resigning or being fired in the near future.

While stories run rampant of what has gone on behind closed doors since the end of the season, the one I’m certain of is that Kiffin wanted to change defensive coordinators and Davis did not.

I was told today Kiffin’s problem with Ryan is not of a personal nature but one of philosophy. The statement released by Raiders spokesman Mike Taylor was essentially a rebuke to Kiffin.

(Taylor disagrees with this. He called to say Kiffin’s later comments in Mobile about Ryan being under contract and being “excited” about Ryan’s return refute my contention. To me, the key part of that quote was “Rob is under contract.”)

In any event, the fact that Kiffin returned to work and is in the process of making staff changes is the second indication he wants to stay _ the other being his postgame response following the Senior Bowl.

When asked after the game if he would be coach of the Raiders in the fall, Kiffin said, “I hope so.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • NC-Raider


    I thought that that the Raiders actually moved a few spots to get Miller, gaining another 3rd round pick last year. Anybody know for sure?

  • NC-Raider


    Sorry, sounds like our conversation is backwards (!). I think we submitted at around the same time. Anyway, I too would like some clarification and any thoughts out there Raider Nation on how to get a few more draft picks.

  • RaiderDogg

    Where’s Huff24 when you need him? Now I’m going to have to do the research! Damn I’m lazy…

  • M

    Cool, people talkin’ Raider football.

  • Once upon a time in the west

    We trade 2nd round picks with detroit.

  • saintkaufman

    We traded down with Ari 5 spots for I believe was a 3rd rounder?

  • M

    No news Vicky. Hope BlackHole Priest hasn’t gotten into hot water for puttin’ it out for us yesterday.

  • Once upon a time in the west

    oops my bad we traded with Arizona.

  • saintkaufman

    Sorry, we got a 4th rounder out of Ari which we used to do the Detroit trade.

    So basically we moved 5 spots down, got our man(Miller)and used the 4th rounder for it to get McCown and Williams.

  • RaiderDogg

    The Raiders originally owned the #33 overall pick, and they got 3 players from that pick. How? The Raiders
    traded down to #38 with ARI and acquired the #105 overall pick. This was a deal that favored the Raiders. According to the trade-value chart: #33 = 580 points; #38 = 520 or 530 points; #105 = 84 points. So the Raiders came out 24 or 34 points ahead, or the equivalent of a high 6th round pick. They selected TE Zach Miller at #38. They then traded the #105 to DET for WR Mike Williams and QB John McCown. Hence the 3 players from 1 pick.

    The Raiders acquired pick #91 from the Pats for a 2007 7th rounder and 2008 3rd rounder. Many insiders think that this deal with the Pats was secretly part of the Randy Moss trade because value wise it didn’t make a lot of sense for the Pats to make this deal.

    So you were right NC Raider, we traded our 2008 3rd rounder as well as a 2007 7th rounder in order to draft Henderson.

  • Fluffy 24 -Bless you Fluffy.

    May Al be with you.

  • RaiderDogg

    what Saintkaufman said

  • La Milicia Negra

    We traded down in 2nd round in 2007 to get Zach Miller…

    Why we don’t have a 3rd round in 2008 has nothing to do with Zach

  • ToozFan

    You guys saying we traded down int he 1st w/ AZ for a 3rd rounder??

  • Acey40Deuce

    LMN –

    That has already been established, thanks for playing. There are some parting gifts for you at the door.

  • La Milicia Negra


    Good work =) sorry for the lag

  • Krowlz

    i gotta say raiders.com is pretty weak…. not much news atall and nothing goes in to much depth.

  • RaiderDogg

    La Milicia Negra –

    No worries, too bad you weren’t around a minute ago, I could have stayed lazy. Thanks for the info. And yes I was wrong about Miller, it was Henderson.

  • Krowlz

    Taking another look at our apponents next year…It dosnt look as easy to me as it first did. I expect most of those teams to improve.

  • Huff24

    FIRE KIFFIN – You try to call me out and I respond with logical answers and all you can do is call names? Wow. You had nothing else to say? People who call names rather than give an intelligent response have a lack of character and have self esteem issues. Look, I know you didn’t have a comeback to what I said so calling me a name made you feel bigger and less insecure. I understand. I guess I’ll just have to accept you for who you are.

    I’m sure you will respond to this because you’re going to have an itch to say something and you’re going to spout out obscenities to make yourself feel better. Just do us all a favor and think before you do so. Thanks.

    I’ll be back later. Peace.

  • ATLRaider

    ” i gotta say raiders.com is pretty weak…. not much news at all and nothing goes in to much depth.”

    That’s exactly why I think John Herrera is about as credible as Bagdad Bob… “There is no situation here…everybody move along…”

  • La Milicia Negra


    easy now kiddo, look at the timestamps… plus theres helluva time lag right now

  • Huff24

    Oh…I almost missed another creative response. You actually took time out of your day to post that? Now you’re just filling up space. Anyways…I’ll be back later.

  • La Milicia Negra

    new thread

  • Acey40Deuce

    LMN –

    just messin with ya bro, sorry

  • NC-Raider

    Thanks Dogg. I still don’t why they made the move to get Henderson, giving up a key 3rd round pick, and then saying the guy isn’t even close to ready. I hope he pans out, down the road (ok, not down the road .. soon), but still wonder what was going on there. We need that damn pick this year.

  • ray dr4 lyfe

    To the Nation: I don’t beleive everything written or reported about our Raiders, and I stand by my belief that Al needs to put a person in place to run the show, but as much as I beleive there is an issue between Al and Kif, I cannot deny that maybe Al is just putting him through his paces. Al is never going to let you know how much he loves or respects you until he has had his fun at your expense. A boy who would become a man must earn that distinction from the men around him. I am starting to beleive that Al feels like if you want to “be the man” here in Oakland, I want to see how much it means to you. This may be stretch, but it just may be a little bit true as well. Or maybe Al is just f*ckin nuts and needs long stay at casa de nuthouse.

  • Just sell Baby……..

    Just sell baby…………Loften hated it here when he played for the Faiders, now the Faiders are interviewing fired offensive personal. Thus is why the Faiders are fading more.

    Al Davis, sell the team !!

  • I am so sick and tired of this every year coaching change and problems with the raiders,,al davis just needs to shut his pie hole and let kiffin or whoever do gis thing to see if it works or not..i mean what do we raider fans have to lose, with 5 straight 10 digit loss seasons, some thing has to be better than what is now happening..davis just needs to let it go , he has proved that he is not capable if turning this team around any time soon.
    I have been a loyal fan since the fall of 1968, and this is so frustrating..I know teams will have their bad seasons, but this is worse than bad, this is a titantic that is sunk to the bottom of football’s ocean floor..

  • Florida Pete

    maybe Nerve Turner was concerned that Lofton might take his job???

    lot of ways to get fired from a job…

    one of the best ways is to be considered a threat to your boss’s job…

    Lofton’s a good coach…

    let’s give him a chance…

  • Florida Pete

    “,,al davis just needs to shut his pie hole ”

    are you kidding me???

    if you owned the majority share of a business, would you expect to have to “shut your pie hole”???

    you think Kiffin knows more about football and winning than Al Davis???

    tell me…

    do you think it doesn’t eat at Al Davis what has happened to his Raiders since Robbins went Tequila Sundown on the team???

    Gruden gets disloyal… and shops for another gig for the previous two years…

    Callahan appears to have everything under control right up to the day before the Super Bowl…

    the very next year, with practically the same team, an injured Gannon falls out of the lineup and the Raiders head south in a hurry… Callahan thinks calling his team stupid in front of family and friends (oh, and the rest of the planet) is the tie that binds…

    the clubhouse revolts…

    Callahan is replaced with Norv Turner… who was terminated by D Snyder just when it looked like he had it turned around… the guy has remarkable success establishing strong running games…

    but not for us…

    and it is so dismal… that Davis figures Art Shell, a Raider legend and a reasonably successful coach, may have taken the previous 10 years to think about if “he only had one more chance”…

    hell, i wanted Art to have that chance and so did many of you… right up to the moment Art named his offensive coordinator… and i thought, okay… maybe Walsh is wanting that 2nd chance too… too bad Davis didn’t interfere…

    i remembered what the Raiders were like under Shell… very, very good… they had to be…

    because every single man, woman, and child in the civilzed world knew what play the Raiders would run next…

    and so it was again… astonishingly so… unprepared… same game plan every single game… the same crap that presumably cost Shell and Walsh their jobs 10 years earlier…

    and so Al Davis thinks… this has got to get better… I need to find another Gruden type… a real football guy that I can trust and train… and who can bring these Raiders back to glory…

    and maybe he did find that guy… young Kiffin does remind many of us of Gruden…

    including Gruden’s one fault… disloyalty…

    it appears Kiffin isn’t as committed to the Raiders as Al had hoped… Kiffin apparently had been out shopping… for another job…

    and what does the majority of the Raider Nation have to say to Al Davis…

    is it: It’s okay Mr. Davis, you’ll find a better HC…


    it’s: “,,al davis just needs to shut his pie hole “

  • john d

    good post from florida..

    all’s good in the hood n oaktown….a little dysfunctional, but that is the raiders.


    I couldn’t have said it better myself Florida Pete. AL want’s to win and win now. If AL doesn’t believe in what Kiffin’s selling especially after a 4-12 season, as the owner he has the right to make a change. Was AL suppose to retain Loser Callahan after his horrible 4-12 season? Was AL suppose to retain Norv Turner after his two years of failure? Was AL suppose to retain Art after his one year of horrible coaching? Was AL suppose to keep these coaches for the sake of consistency? Sure we’d be consistent, but consistent what? LOSERS. And as a life long fan of the Raiders not Kiffin or USC as the two seem to be the same, I want results not more excuses and BS both of which were plentiful this past season.

  • rodmoney

    I don’t know about Al and Kiff but I’m ready to COMMIT TO EXCELLECE. Enough of this resign/fire me B.S. Water under the bridge now make what changes whether it be offensive/defensive coaches if we have a better one in store. If we are going to hire Lofton do it and improve on the WR play. Too much speed and potential and not enough plays made. Al and Lane sit down and discuss what FA will improve this team if we can get them to sign/resign with us without overspending. Evaluate the Draft which will be here before you know it and draft for need like the DL,SS OLB and on O WR, OT and RB. We are in a position to draft well whether we stay put or trade down for a pick in the 3rd and 5th rds which I prefer. Now it’s up to the Head Raider in Charge to let the GREATNESS OF THE RAIDERS come forth. JUST WIN BABY.

  • giancarlo regazzi

    lofton will be a great addition to the Raider’s coaching staff but we need better wide receivers.Hopfuly the Raiders will take some in the draft.
    Raider 4 life