Kiffin keeps on coaching

Posted by Andy Durham on September 22, 2008 at 7:35 pm under Professional | 17 Comments to Read

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Lane Kiffin was back at work Monday as the Oakland Raiders coach despite more reports that his firing could be imminent.

Speaking at his weekly news conference, Kiffin says he will assume he is still the head coach until owner Al Davis tells him otherwise. Kiffin says he has not spoken to Davis since before the season opener against Denver on Sept. 8.

“Until I’m told by Al Davis that I’m not the head coach here anymore, I’m going to keep plugging away,” Kiffin said. “And I have not been told by Al Davis that I’m not the head coach.”

Asked whether a Raider official other than Davis had told him he would be fired, Kiffin said: “I’m not going to get in to what’s been said by other people, or what I’ve been told by other people. I’m not going to get into everything that’s said. If we believe everything that’s said around here, we’d be in a lot of trouble.”

  • Lee said,

    No coach in his right mind would work for Al Davis. The Raiders won’t win until he hires a solid coach and let’s him run the show.

  • Mike said,

    That won’t happen as long as Al Davis is alive. He’s got his old, sodden mitts on too much and can’t do enough right on his own over there in Raiderland for any coach to overcome Al Davis’ boneheadedness. It’s like watching a train crash in slow motion, over a period of decades it’s been, hasn’t it?

  • Al Davis said,

    I was supposed to do something today.
    What in tarnation was it?
    Seems like it was something big.
    I got to get me a better DayRunner.
    Maybe one of those note/dictation machine thingies.

  • George Blanda said,

    I never had any problems with Al Davis although he cut me loose when I was 49 and I could have kicked till I was 50.

    Remember all those games I won Sundays when I took over for the the Snake and Lamonica.

  • K. Stabler said,

    Those were good times.
    Damn good times.

  • Tom, Jim, Lester said,

    We just wish that Al Davis would have created a better working environment and gone to battle and fought much harder to destroy and end all semblence of ethnic discrimination when we were employed by the Oakland Raiders.

    Tom Flores
    Jim Plunkett
    Lester Hayes

  • Lyle said,

    You should have seen what they did with me when I was with the Raiders. Holy Mackeral!

    Lyle Alzado

  • L. Holtz said,

    You get my resume yet, Mr. Davis?

  • Butch "UNC" Davis said,

    I’m just a coach.

    [You should use UPS, Lou. You can track your package, or at least have a youngun 75 or younger do it for ya!]

  • Dave said,

    Me? I’m just a ghost…..

    Dave Casper, former Raider receiver…..

  • F. Belitnikoff said,

    I’ve been dead for a while now, and I wouldn’t take the Raiders’ head job if they brought me back from where I am for it.

  • Pete said,

    I may be dead wrong or dead right?

    But this craziness has to end. The Raiders were one of my favorite teams.

    Jimmy Hoffa liked them too.

    Alvin Ray “Pete” Rozelle

  • Marcus Allen said,

    This is the crying time.

  • Jack said,

    Don’t tell anybody I came in here. I’m supposed to be at work.

    Jack Tatum

  • Marv Marinovich said,

    I will take his place.
    I also know a great QB who isn’t signed by anybody right now.
    Want me to make some calls on my way over?
    [turns hand upside down beside head, makes ‘call me’ signal, mouths ‘call me’ words, winks]

  • Art said,

    The question is have you seen Todd? He was due in here this morning at 10am.

    Art Shell-former Raiders player and coach

  • Jamarcus R. said,