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Kiffin is safe. For another day. For another week. Again.
Kiffin will not be fired Tuesday, according to a Raiders official. “Nothing has happened here,” the official said early Tuesday evening. “Nothing else is going on.”
And now that Tuesday is going to come and go without the Raiders making a head coaching change, it would seem only natural that Kiffin would be safe for the rest of this week.
Wednesday is the day the players return from their off day and go back to work. If Raiders owner Al Davis were going to make a change, it would be logical to expect it earlier in the week rather than later. So now, despite rampant reports to the contrary, Kiffin looks as if he is going to hold on for another unexpected week.
Now next week could be different again — but stop us when you’ve heard that one before. Next week is the Raiders’ bye week. And this time it’s really true: If Mr. Davis were going to make a change, that would be a practical time to do it. Oakland could have two weeks to groom Kiffin’s successor and get him ready.
But the Raiders official said Tuesday that, “Everything that has been reported has been rumor. It’s all rumors. None of it has come from the Raiders.”
Maybe so. But this is not rumor, this is fact: The last time Mr. Davis fired a head coach in season was 1989, when he axed then-Raiders head coach Mike Shanahan. At the time, Shanahan’s Raiders’ record was 1-3. Kiffin’s is now 1-2, with Sunday’s game against San Diego and a bye week on deck.
But the Kiffin watch for this week is over. Check back next week.