Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is playing the status-quo. Despite almost daily speculation that his next day is his last day at the helm of the Raiders, Kiffin said Monday he’s the coach until he hears otherwise from owner Al Davis. It’s the same line Kiffin has been walking for much of the season.
“I’ve not been told by Al Davis that I’m not the head coach,” Kiffin said during a press conference.
Kiffin refused to address speculation regarding what is being said about his status. He said he hasn’t had a conversation with Davis about his job, and hasn’t spoken with Davis since before the Raiders’ Week 1 game on Sept. 8. He was adamant that quitting is not an option.
“There’s no way I’m quitting, and that has nothing to do with money at all,” said Kiffin. “That has to do with our players. I talked a lot of these players into coming here at some point — money has a lot do with that — during free agency over the last two years. A lot of our coaches, I recruited them and their families to come here and build this thing together.
“The last thing I’m going to do is quit the way that you guys talk about quitting, or even quitting behind closed doors. … Because I believe we can turn this thing around. There’s a lot of good things going the right direction.”