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Can Kiffin coach? Now we’ll know

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, June 10th, 2010 at 7:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • DMAC

    LOL! zero trade value? too much baggage?

    Lynch = turd. he can stay in NY

    —————————————————–

    Agreed!
    ================
    Disagree!
    Lynch needs that Cali Love.
    Is clearly a better all around back than DMAC and Bush.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Stop trying to drum up stuff.

    ******************************

    That’s what I do, unless you would rather talk about who is trolling who.

    You know, not every one of my comments about the Raiders QB is about Bruce. The quotes I read from DHB about Campbell were the best things I could have heard.

    Stuff like that, is what is going to warm me to JC, until we get to see him actually play.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Your HC is in love with Bryant.

    ***

    Our HC was in love with Warren & Eugene last year

    that doesn’t offer much hope Jhill. quit being such a buzzkill :)

    I likes my Kool-Aid today. Raider’s offense = 24 points a game

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

    Anyone who believes Desmond Bryant will make a difference against the run this year is bat schyt crazy….we should have acquired a true NT.

  • Jonesy941

    what more could we have asked for as fans (other than a NT) we got mostly what we wanted no more J russel, no stupid acquisition of some unwanted overpaid veteran.

    heyward bay looks as good as he possibly can, hopefully schilins will be healthy and can last a full year, an offensive coordinator to call plays and has an intense in your-face mentality

    a new qb who has alot of upside if things work out, and a potentially stout D fence with some new faces to stop the run (i like houston) it has been a great off-season
    so i will give Al Davis some props even though i fully support him selling the team or giving all responsibility to a GM

    so Big AL i’ll smoke this one for you don’t let us down!

  • RaiderRockstar

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

    ***

    Brown: Dakota said that Jhill and I were swinging purses at eachother yesterday morning because we disagreed on something. can’t even remember what it was now

  • Just Fire Baby

    Serioulsy, how many teams out there have elite LB’s, stout DE’s and a rotation of active 330 pounders in the middle?

    Not too many, and they certainly didn’t build it in an offseason or two.

    Patience people. If we can get to the middle of the pack against the run without much at DT and a rookie MLB, imagine where we will be in a few years as we add to the defense.

  • Jonesy941

    stop bit<hin fool your blowing my high

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

    we just signed John Henderson

  • DMAC
  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot
  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Lynch is a douche bag off the field…and he is related to Jamarcus Russell.

    No thanks!

  • MistaBrown

    RR
    Dakota said yesterday that Jhill was trying to reason with me and then Jhill came in and said he wasn’t trying to reason with me.

    Dakota also said I have a long standing feud with MR which is false just a couple tangles spread out over 2 years.

    Maybe Dakota has a problem?

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

    you wanted a run stopper you got one.

  • RaiderRockstar

    thanks Lynn! oh snap!

    Top 15 run defense!

    Top 5 overall defense!

    PLAYOFFS!?!?!

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

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 10:38 am
    I see Jhill all of a sudden has NO idea what trolling is even after accusing people of “swinging purses”.

    ***

    Brown: Dakota said that Jhill and I were swinging purses at eachother yesterday morning because we disagreed on something. can’t even remember what it was now
    +++++++++

    Damn Rockstar, get your story straight, I didn’t come up with the purse swining line lol.

  • DMAC

    Raiders signed DT John Henderson to a one-year contract.

    In a bit of shocking news, the Raiders have actually made a solid personnel move. Henderson’s pass rushing skills are declining but he can still stuff the run at age 31. He’s been a 4-3 lineman for his entire career and will be an immediate upgrade over Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant.
    Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
    Related: Tommy Kelly, Desmond Bryant

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

    Maybe the 3-4 is in play

  • DMAC

    Nice schit Lynn!!
    Theres you run stopper!!

  • DMAC

    your

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota also said I have a long standing feud with MR which is false just a couple tangles spread out over 2 years.

    ***

    Who doesn’t have a long standing feud with MR ???

    I haven’t seen a bigger sack of trash since Terdell Sands!

  • MistaBrown

    I dont.
    _____

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Who doesn’t have a long standing feud with MR ???

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

    Jerry get on the ball we need the details.

  • Jonesy941

    # Lynn from Snot Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    we just signed John Henderson
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,

    where is this info????

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

    Who was that pathetic fool that once posted a video of himself playing a guitar in this forum? Anyone remember who that sad cat was?

  • RaiderRockstar

    get your story straight, I didn’t come up with the purse swining line

    ***

    sorry Dakota. my memory is crap

    was it yours Jhill?

    you need to copywright that sucker. it was a good one

  • Jonesy941

    its BS for all i know

  • DMAC

    Who made this move happen??
    Uncle Al
    Cable guy
    Waffle
    Marshall

  • Just Fire Baby

    See, much better than trading for Haynesworth.

    Henderson signed in Oakland for a one-year deal. Obviously, there was not much of a market for him.

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

    http://is.gd/cLIR3

    link to signing

  • http://atm Raider O

    Bush is as good Lynch if not better.

  • DMAC

    here it is agian…

    Raiders signed DT John Henderson to a one-year contract.

    In a bit of shocking news, the Raiders have actually made a solid personnel move. Henderson’s pass rushing skills are declining but he can still stuff the run at age 31. He’s been a 4-3 lineman for his entire career and will be an immediate upgrade over Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant.
    Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
    Related: Tommy Kelly, Desmond Bryant

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

    That fat white guy in a small apartment playing guitar…what a fukin loser lol.

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

    that was an AL move all the way , he knows how bad the run d got.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Fire Baby: quit trying to p1ss in the Kool-aid!

    who cares what the market was for him ???

    we got a run stuffer!!!

    i’m like a kid in the candy store right now

  • MistaBrown

    So we can cut the cord with J Richardson now?

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

    WOOHOO to Henderson!

  • http://atm Raider O

    I love you Al!!!

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

    BOOM goes the dynamite!!!!!!!!!

  • DMAC

    Hip hip hooraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LMAO

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

    Mista, you have been here for quite some time…who was that fat white guy with man tits living alone in a small apartment that posted a clip of himself playing a guitar pretty poorly?

  • RaiderRockstar

    can you imagine Henderson, Seymour, Houston & ShoNasty on the same D-Line ???

    then here comes ROMAC …

    SLAM! tackled for a loss

    I’m convinced we’ll beat Sandy Eggo now AT LEAST once

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

    We have our NT!!!!

    Now we just need a FB, RT and C!

  • DMAC

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!
    GREAT PHUCKIN DAY FOR THE RAIDER NATION!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis is my hero. so is whoever has his ear this offseason!

  • jhill

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 10:45 am
    See, much better than trading for Haynesworth.

    Henderson signed in Oakland for a one-year deal. Obviously, there was not much of a market for him.

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    Link ????

  • Jonesy941

    ok ok just found this:

    Adam_Schefter Filed to ESPN: Former Jaguars DT John Henderson reached agreement Friday with the Raiders on a one-year deal. Nice late pickup for Oakland.

    Raiders signed DT John Henderson to a one-year contract.

    In a bit of shocking news, the Raiders have actually made a solid personnel move. Henderson’s pass rushing skills are declining but he can still stuff the run at age 31. He’s been a 4-3 lineman for his entire career and will be a nice low-risk fit with the Raiders.

  • Jonesy941

    i like it

  • DMAC

    I’m spoiled….
    Now we need a new RG, if Campbell isn’t going to hold it down.

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

    ALL HAIL DANNY SOUTHWICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!