A Gray Resolution: Kiffin Fired From the Oakland Raiders

Sean StancillSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2008

The controversy and the questions have concluded. Lane Kiffin has been fired from his position as the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders. His title stripped and his bundles packed, signifying traces that the healing process has begun for the Raiders.

Tyrant Owner Al Davis, had reportedly informed Kiffin during a phone call between the two parties.

The NFL’s youngest head coach while still employed with the Raiders, Lane converted to the black and grey in 2006, after serving as an Offensive Coordinator at USC under the incomparable Pete Carroll.

During his inaugural run as the Raiders Head Coach, Kiffin requested that the sidelines should be equipped with his own personnel and Al Davis balked, reluctant to fire beloved Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan among others.

Oakland finished 4-12 in 2007 and tumbled from the #1 Pass Defense in the NFL to the bottom 10.

During the offseason, the Raiders made several efforts to revamp their roster, by spending over $200 million on the contracts of Tommy Kelly, Deangelo Hall, Javon Walker, and rookie Darren McFadden.

This season, Kiffin’s outlook was portrayed as bleak after the Oakland opened their season with a loss, for consecutive years. A disheartening 24-23 loss to Buffalo a week ago seem to have cemented his fate and his team’s meltdown against the Chargers yesterday in which Oakland coughed up 25 points in the final quarter made Al’s decision all the more anticipated and inevitable.

It’s also the second year in a row, the Raiders have started 1-3, much to the dismay of the Raider Nation.

Lane had a career record of 5-14 in the Bay Area, as he moves on as yet another banished figurehead of the Raider image, swept under the rug and remembered throughout the history books.

Davis also has been said to have arranged interviews with members of Oakland’s current coaching staff, with considerable probability that Rob Ryan will become Lane Kiffin’s suitor.

The ongoing meltdown of the Raider organization has withheld all hopes of team chemistry, and any chance at the playoffs; a feat that fans have long thirsted for. With the club’s inter-struggle rapidly increasing, almost all credibility has been decimated in the public eye and maybe the Raiders are destined to be accurately labeled a band of misfits. 

Hardly a commitment to excellence in my retrospect.