Kiffin knows the score in Oakland

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The rumors of Lane Kiffin's precarious job security didn't need any more fuel, but on Wednesday, Kiffin himself added to the fire.

According to the Kansas City Star, Kiffin, on his teleconference with Kansas City media, sounded like a man who is aware of the possibility of losing his job. The Raiders, who entered the season with high hopes, were destroyed at home 41-14 by Denver on Monday Night Football.

"You have to look at the history," Kiffin said. "History is what it is, that he (Al Davis) doesn't keep people very long. We don't have a general manager. Everything goes through the owner. That sets up a difficult situation at times.

"Knowing who the owner is, you know from day one there's no job security."

Once again, Kiffin was brutally honest. Guess what? He is right. Under Davis' ownership in recent years, there has been no job security for coaches. There are burning rumors around the league that Kiffin could go if the Raiders continue to flounder. Kiffin is clearly aware of the situation.

Meanwhile, Warren Sapp, who just retired from the Raiders, is not impressed. He ripped the team in general and also was critical of cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who was exploited by Denver rookie receiver Eddie Royal, and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.

It's one week into the season and things are as usual in Oakland. It wasn't supposed to be this way this season.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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