Kiffin Should Have Signed the Letter
Why the hell didn’t Lane Kiffin quit when he had the chance? Don’t get me wrong I love a coach who is willing to hang in there until the ship is righted, but he won’t live to see that day. If Lane Kiffin had signed the resignation letter written up for him by Al Davis he would have gotten another shot at head coach sometime soon. He is seen as an up and coming coach who did the best job possible with what he was given. Now he will be fired at the end of the year and probably never coach again.
Lane Kiffin has never had much to do with the defense. That is Rob Ryan’s job and one that most feel he does very well. He will also probably be the Head Coach of the Raiders in 2009. Kiffin lets him run the defense as he should. Kiffin is an O.C. and a very young one at that, he has never had to step onto the other side of the ball at the collegiate or professional level.
Greg Knapp is the new offensive coordinator and James Lofton was also brought in to coach wide receivers. Both of these guys are far more trusted by Old Man Al than the sophomore head coach. Lofton is a Hall of Fame caliber wide receiver who was brought in to help young receivers progress. Greg Knapp was hired for his success in Atlanta running the football. Atlanta led the league in rushing several times during his tenure. Alot of that was due to Mike Vick but not all of it, as Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett both flourished in his system. He will work with Running Backs and Offensive linemen primarily.
That leaves the QB. The only reason Kiffin is still in Oakland is because he, and even to some extent Davis, believe he can make a star out of JaMarcus Russell. Here’s the problem, even if that is true it won’t happen. JaMarcus will struggle from time to time this year as it is his first starting. He may even be really bad. What will happen then? Obviously, the hammer won’t come down on Rob Ryan, James Lofton, Greg Knapp or JaMarcus Russell. Unless the Raiders are a playoff team this year Lane Kiffin will be fired. Better start packing Lane-o. Maybe you can join your dad in Tampa and you and Chucky can tell Old Man Al stories.