Lane Kiffin was fired yesterday as coach of the Oakland Raiders. In the less than 2 years at the helm, he posted a pathetic 5-15 record. Kiffin was replaced on an interim basis by offensive line coach Tom Cable.
If you turned on ESPN or any other sports network in the past 24 hours, you probably saw a bit of Raiders owner Al Davis's press conference where he called Kiffin a liar, and said that he fired him "for cause". Kiffin responded by saying that Davis was the one that was lying. I'm not sure if we will ever really know what happened between the two.
"I reached a point where I felt that the whole staff were fractionalized, that the best thing to do to get this thing back was to make a change," Davis said during a lengthy news conference. "It hurts because I picked the guy. I picked the wrong guy."
Apparently, in Al Davis's warped mind, he did pick the wrong guy. He's picked the wrong guy 5 TIMES IN THE LAST 6 YEARS!!!!
A report came out after week 3 in the NFL season that a Raiders executive told Kiffin that Davis planned to fire him. But that didn't happen right away. Davis put off the firing (I'm not sure why) until yesterday.
Some people say that Kiffin was trying to get fired during this Sunday's game against the Chargers. After watching the Raiders attempt a 76 yard field goal attempt, I might agree with them.
In the end, I'm going to put the blame for this on Al Davis. No matter who he brings in to fill positions with the Raiders, he is the one that calls the shots. And as much as Davis refuses to believe it, the game has passed him by. He no longer is able to run a football team like he once did. There are people out there that are much smarter than he is and much better at assembling a championship caliber football team. The sooner that Davis realizes that, the sooner that the Raiders can return to their "just win, baby" glory days.