Who will be the first NFL coach to get the Ax? Looks like Lane Kiffin is first in line

Posted by Andy Durham on September 22, 2008 at 9:09 am under Professional | Read the First Comment

It appears the Lane Kiffin experiment in Oakland may really be over this time … no, really … seriously.

Kiffin has been informed by Raiders officials that Al Davis intends to remove him as the team’s head coach as early as Monday(today), FOXSports.com has learned.

Davis blamed Kiffin for the Raiders’ 24-23 loss on Sunday to the Bills, and told his underlings that he will make the move on today. However, word was leaked out last week in a similar fashion and Kiffin survived. Players reached out to FOXSports.com to express hope that the move would not be made, and with Davis you can never be certain.

Kiffin reportedly has been on bad terms with Davis since shortly after last season. Sources said that when Kiffin informed Davis of coaching changes he wanted to make, the owner actually sent word to those coaches that the head coach was looking to make a move, but that Davis would protect them.

The Raiders opened the 2008 season with a 41-14 loss to the Broncos and former Raiders coach Mike Shanahan, but rebounded from that by beating the Chiefs, 23-8. They took a 16-7 lead into the fourth quarter Sunday against the Bills, but lost on Rian Lindell’s 38-yard field goal as time expired.
*****from Jay Glazer at foxsports.com*****
+++++Lane Kiffin is the son of former N.C. State head coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Will Lane Kiffin get the ax today or will he get his weekly reprieve and then will someone else become the first NFL coach to get fired this season?+++++


  • Mike said,

    Al got to work today and completely forgot his interview/lengthy phone call with FoxSports.com and all the things he said in the heat of passion (dealing with a 24-23 loss and all that).