A crisis in Raider Nation

Bill's Rant

August 19, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

What a bizarre world the Oakland Raiders inhabit.

While other NFL camps are abuzz with optimism and crackling with competition, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin sounds defeated already and says there are not enough people fighting for jobs in his camp.

In a newspaper report, Kiffin complained that the Raiders organization (read: owner Al Davis) wasn't bringing in available bodies who could push the players on a team that was 4-12 a year ago. He flat-out called some of the guys he has "borderline," who will make the club simply because there is no one to replace them.

"You've got to be willing to release [players] and live with it, and pick other people up for more competition," Kiffin was quoted as saying in the Contra Costa Times.

It might seem incredible that Kiffin is still working in Oakland, but he apparently won't quit, and perhaps Davis isn't interested in writing checks to a fired head coach, so the weirdness continues.

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