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Can Kiffin coach? Now we’ll know

Nobody was quite sure when Lane Kiffin received the overhead projector treatment courtesy of Al Davis if he could coach or not.

It was no more clear when he surfaced at Tennessee, where things remained muddled with a 7-6 record after a single season before leaving for what he called his “dream job” at USC.

After winning 12 of 33 games as a head coach in the NFL and the Southeastern Conference, Kiffin has a chance to go well beyond his words and prove himself.

If he keeps USC afloat with the loss of 30 scholarships over the next three years and survives the two years of bowl exile to return the Trojans to their rightful place atop the whatever-they’re-going-to-call-it conference, there will be no more doubting young Lance.

(To review, because I’ve received this question a time or three, Davis called him `Lance’ at his introductory press conference, and to Davis-watchers and Raider-watchers everywhere, he’ll never be known as anything else)

Former USC coach Pete Carroll, Kiffin’s coaching mentor other than his father, said he is shocked by the sanctions imposed by the NCAA. Kiffin did his best Sgt. Schulz routine before the media, saying he saw nothing and knew nothing regarding any improprieties.

Never mind that Kiffin started coaching at USC in 2001, became recruiting coordinator in 2004, and that the recruiting coordinator knows everything that has gone on in their program well before they take over the role.

And disregard the fact that Kiffin had issues with the NCAA during his short-lived stay in Tennessee.

Who knows, he may be longing for the days where the worst that could happen was losing a couple of OTAs for working the guys too hard.

They’re probably wondering at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway and in Knoxville if Kiffin will be once again on the move, leaving wreckage in his wake.

What if the Trojans can Mike Garrett and bring in an A.D. who thinks all vestiges of the Carroll era _ of which Kiffin was a major player _ should be erased?

Early indications are the Trojans will appeal and stand their ground, with Kiffin shrugging his shoulders and separating himself as much as possible from a fate he likely helped create.

That may not be enough to satisfy Davis or the Knoxville hordes, but at least we’ll find out if Kiffin can coach.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    TH and JLH = camp casualities

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    No way they cut ties with TH he’s too fast and will be used different this year.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Who ????

    No, seriously.

    ***

    Round 6/190 – Travis Goethel, LB, 6-2, 240, Arizona

    Goethel excites me for the fact that he’s a true inside linebacker that’s a tough, downhill player. Just as important, he’s going to enhance our special teams. That gives us a real quality guy there.

    -Tom Cable

  • http://atm Raider O

    Jhill,

    Euk makes 1.5 mil to play STs Only!
    TH (AGAIN) had 5/6 INTs!!
    INTs can change a game, but 1 LB on STs doesn’t change games!
    Do you understand that?

  • RaiderRockstar

    TH and JLH = camp casualities

    ***

    JLH?

    bite your tongue sir!

  • http://atm Raider O

    GarbageKowski = Camp Casualty

  • RaiderRockstar

    O: Howard had 6 INT’s in 2007 (the Kiffin/Ryan team)

    he has 1 INT the other 3 years starting … for a total of 7 INT’s in 4 years

  • RaiderRockstar

    However, Howard doubled his sack total playing under Marshall last year (from 2 to 4)

    I’m sure the coaching staff was “geeked”

  • Just Fire Baby

    Maaaybe, #53 can stay and be our 3rd down, coverage LB.

    Who was the guy we had 5-6 years ago at LB that had a bunch of picks and was a great cover guy? I want to say William Thomas.

  • RaiderRockstar

    GarbageKowski = Camp Casualty

    ***

    I doubt it. the only way he fails to make the roster is if he gets hurt again. then he’d probably be given an injury settlement rather than IR

    in that case we’d be looking at Campbell, Frye, Boller (in that order) and the same amount of wins

  • MistaBrown

    I wish I could say i’ll take my coffee like my women but I like cream & sugar, thanks RR
    ______

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Mr. Brown,

    welcome to the AM crew …

    I’ll have Gabby get you some coffee

    how do you take it? black? cream & sugar?

  • jhill

    spread’em out with 4 or 5 wide and had a quick release

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    Under this scenario, LBs should never should be on the field. 4 or 5 WRs on the field = 4 or 5 CBs on the field!

  • DMAC

    Morning Peoples!!
    I don’t think TH is going anywhere. He’s our best cover LB period!!! He’ll be used on certain passing plays.

  • Just Fire Baby

    You got to have a MLB on the field almost at all times.

    You need the field general, and if you got 5 DB’s out there, you are very susceptible to giving up 15 yards on a draw.

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    So he has 3 more INTs than Huff in 4 years?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: most of the players have suggested that Russell was dumber than dirt, so he probably couldn’t audible if he didn’t know the playbook after 3 years

    Campbell is capable of that and with split backs and 3 WR’s, he’d have 5 targets with good hands

    DHB, Schilens, Murphy/Higgins, McFadden & Bush

  • MistaBrown

    LMAO!
    I will admit. I do NOT love the dark man, or any man. I’m 100% heterosexual.
    :D
    ________

    # La Milicia Negra Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    come on, you have read what sistabrown have written about KoolKell, its clear he does not love the dark man…

  • DMAC

    IMO,
    Huff was on bust status, up until last season, when he has a decent year. He’ll be solid again this season.

  • RaiderRockstar

    So he has 3 more INTs than Huff in 4 years?

    ***

    Raider O: Howard isn’t a safety, so he’s not in competition with Huff (our 2nd best cover man)

    and thankfully, Marshall isn’t Rob Ryan! (2007 defense)

  • DMAC

    had

  • MistaBrown

    I see SeymourGlen is here trolling and NOT 1 word from Jhill or LMN condemning his actions…

    Libtards are experts in the field of hypocrisy and double standards.

  • DMAC

    Free agent DL John Henderson is expected to decide between several suitors on Friday.

    Perhaps the best defensive player available on the open market, Henderson has been taking his time in narrowing his list of possible fits. The 31-year-old drew initial interest from the Chiefs, Giants, Falcons, and Browns.
    Source: ESPN.com

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Huff is nothing special. Certainly not a play maker or a punishing hitter.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RRS, please educate Sista on the insensitivity of using the tard phrase in any context. He IS your guest…

  • Jonesy941

    then who cares

  • DMAC

    Marshawn Lynch has “zero trade value” right now, according to ESPN.com’s Tim Graham.

    “No matter how much he wants to posture and get his way off the team, the Bills can’t get anything in return for him,” said Graham. “He has so much baggage that other teams don’t want to trust him.” Lynch’s hands are pretty much tied at this point. His only option is to return to Buffalo and play the role of the good soldier while trying to rehabilitate his image. Jun. 10 – 3:43 pm et
    Source: ESPN.com
    =============================
    Would you guys pull the trigger to bring “Beast Mode” back home?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Funny how most people, especially the Jamarcus “supporters”, said all that rah-rah stuff doesn’t matter, that talent prevails and your teammates don’t have to like you.

    Then you here DHB talk about Campbell taking guys out to eat, kicking it in the city and stuff and everyone loves it.

    I told you, that shyt is golden, and is a must for your QB. Guys need to be willing to go to war for you, not roll their eyes at you.

  • Jonesy941

    ill take marshawn lynch give them the 6th rounder from next season

  • jhill

    You got to have a MLB on the field almost at all times.

    You need the field general, and if you got 5 DB’s out there, you are very susceptible to giving up 15 yards on a draw.

    ——————————————————-

    I’m assuming 5WRs = No RB in the backfield.

  • http://atm Raider O

    We will keep TH, and he will do well this year!

    My Players:
    1- M Bush
    2- DMAC
    3- Chaz
    4- MM
    5- Branch
    6- McClain
    7- Ford
    8- Houston
    9- TH
    10- DHB

  • DMAC

    Hey O,
    No love for Sea Bass????

  • RaiderRockstar

    Free agent DL John Henderson is expected to decide between several suitors on Friday.

    Perhaps the best defensive player available on the open market, Henderson has been taking his time in narrowing his list of possible fits. The 31-year-old drew initial interest from the Chiefs, Giants, Falcons, and Browns.

    ***

    I thought nobody wanted him ???

    isn’t that the consensus among Desmond Bryant = stout NT thinkers?

  • Just Fire Baby

    If Seabass didn’t play so well last year, we would have been an even worse offense.

    How many times did he bail out the offense?

  • jhill

    I see SeymourGlen is here trolling and NOT 1 word from Jhill or LMN condemning his actions…

    ——————————————————

    I’m not even sure what this means.

    I do know you still haven’t contributed anything football realated. You interupt a decent SPORTS discussion with your non sports babble?

    And I didn’t “condemn” your actions. I just pointed out that I thought it was hilarious that you took offense to Dakota saying you argue with Sey/Glenn/Debo.

    Then proceeded to ask you 3 football questions, and you disappeared, lol!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Can’t wait to play Jax this year, hopefully Kirk hasn’t been benched by than.

  • MistaBrown

    I was wrong to single out LMN & Jhill.

    So….I can only assume since NOT one person spoke up about SeymourGlens trolling it is welcome here. Myself and the other dozen who speak out against sociopaths such as SeymourGlenn & tj are clearly wasting our time seeing as you love the drama. On that note I should make 12 aliases and then I can fit in with yawl.

  • DMAC

    QuentinGroves52
    Rise & Grind….getting it in on my day off..
    About 30 minutes ago by Quentin Groves Oakland Raiders
    ===========
    That’s what the phuck I’m talking about!!!

  • jhill

    He IS your guest…

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    LOL!

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Bills can’t get anything in return for him,” said Graham. “He has so much baggage that other teams don’t want to trust him”

    ***

    LOL! zero trade value? too much baggage?

    Lynch = turd. he can stay in NY

  • http://atm Raider O

    DMAC,

    Sea Bass, Z Miller, Nnamdi, Seymour, Lechler, and Gallery Are all doing great, so the don’t need my support luke those young kids.

  • http://atm Raider O

    DMAC,

    Sea Bass, Z Miller, Nnamdi, Seymour, Lechler, and Gallery Are all doing great, so the don’t need my support like those young kids.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What happened to Raider Debo? That was one dedicated Russell supporter.

    He had a serious passion for it. He would take one of my comments from like two threads back, and 6-7 hours old and come out swinging and on the attack.

    Good debater, get him off the Russell tip and I’m sure he could be of value in here (of course unless he is someone else).

  • DMAC

    Gotcha!!
    But I think you forgot Murph.

  • MistaBrown

    See:
    OakGlenn
    SeymourBush
    BsDetector
    Just Win
    666
    ___________

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    What happened to Raider Debo?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Can’t wait to play Jax this year, hopefully Kirk hasn’t been benched by than.

    ***

    bwahahahaha

    what happens if we’re stuck with the Al Davis defense of old and ROMAC is forced into coverage all the time and the DT’s are garbage as expected ???

    McClain could be benched for Ricky Brown or Travis Goethel if that happens!

  • jhill

    Funny how most people, especially the Jamarcus “supporters”, said all that rah-rah stuff doesn’t matter, that talent prevails and your teammates don’t have to like you.

    ——————————————————-

    Stop trying to drum up stuff.

    Bottom line is Gradkowski’s rah rah stuff got him NOTHING! He SUCKS! Him and his fire.

  • jhill

    LOL! zero trade value? too much baggage?

    Lynch = turd. he can stay in NY

    —————————————————–

    Agreed!

  • DMAC

    McClain could be benched for Ricky Brown or Travis Goethel if that happens!
    ===========
    Ricky is a back-up at best. Goethel isn’t guaranteed a spot on the roster.

  • jhill

    isn’t that the consensus among Desmond Bryant = stout NT thinkers?

    ——————————————————-

    Your HC is in love with Bryant. Moreso than Tyvon Branch and ROMAC!

  • MistaBrown

    I see Jhill all of a sudden has NO idea what trolling is even after accusing people of “swinging purses”.

    I’m not certain how someone like Jhill can post in here 18 hours a day 7 days a week and assert he doesn’t know what trolling is so I can only assume he has a purse of his own.