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BigRedChief
01-22-2007, 10:33 PM
By Michael Silver, SI.com

Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator at Southern California, agreed Monday night to a five-year contract to replace Art Shell as head coach of the Oakland Raiders (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/raiders), SI.com has learned.

Kiffin, the 31-year-old son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/buccaneers) defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, becomes the youngest coach in the NFL.

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Kiffin and the team completed the deal after negotiations began earlier Monday.

He earned the job with a strong interview after the Raiders failed to reach a deal last week with 32-year-old Steve Sarkisian, Kiffin's fellow assistant to Pete Carroll at USC.

Sarkisian had two strong interviews with the Raiders last week, but decided to stay at USC on Friday night. Both claimed Sarkisian never was offered the job, though numerous media reports said Sarkisian turned the club down.

Davis first interviewed Kiffin on Thursday -- apparently to explore the possibility of hiring Kiffin as the club's offensive coordinator. Kiffin, who also coached receivers for USC, returned to the Bay Area on Sunday for a second interview, this time to discuss becoming the Raiders' head coach.

Kiffin also was a finalist for the top job at the University of Minnesota earlier in the offseason.

The former Fresno State quarterback is younger than at least nine players who finished the season with Oakland, including defensive tackle Warren Sapp (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/3140), fullback Zack Crockett (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/3163) and receiver Alvis Whitted (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/4421).

After beginning his coach career as an assistant at Fresno State, Kiffin became a secondary coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/jaguars) in 2000. The following year, he joined Pete Carroll's staff at USC as a tight ends coach, becoming wide receivers coach in 2002 and offensive coordinator in 2005.

Owner Al Davis fired Shell on Jan. 4 after the Raiders finished with the NFL's worst record at 2-14. It was Oakland's worst record since going 1-13 in 1962.

Oakland has won just 15 games in the four seasons since reaching the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. Davis has fired Bill Callahan, Norv Turner and Shell since then, and many prime candidates for other top coaching jobs apparently are put off by Davis' management style.

The Raiders have serious personnel problems with one of the NFL's worst offenses, but their defense was among the league's best. Oakland also has the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

boogblaster
01-22-2007, 10:35 PM
Kiffin has a stiff-one...right up his ass ...

BigRedChief
01-22-2007, 10:36 PM
ESPN's story on the hire:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2739645

cdcox
01-22-2007, 10:38 PM
Chiefs should hire him away in a few.

Madden, Gruden, Shannahan all young good coaches given a chance by Greasy Al.

Fruit Ninja
01-22-2007, 10:42 PM
Chiefs should hire him away in a few.

Madden, Gruden, Shannahan all young good coaches given a chance by Greasy Al.
All have one thing in common too. All have the Mighty SB ring.

Bacon Cheeseburger
01-22-2007, 11:21 PM
I was hoping they'd hire Callahan back.

Dammit Al!:cuss:

Bowser
01-23-2007, 12:23 AM
Al's latest yes man.

westcoastkcfan
01-23-2007, 12:24 AM
I didn't think the Raiders had any need for "Trojan Mannnnnnnnnn"

Kerberos
01-23-2007, 04:29 AM
I didn't think the Raiders had any need for "Trojan Mannnnnnnnnn"

There has been a need for the organization to use them to at LEAST help kleeen up the Gene Pool on the roster, front office and YES "The Owner".

Then again I'm not even sure that would help!

:shake:


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Kraut
01-23-2007, 05:12 AM
There has been a need for the organization to use them to at LEAST help kleeen up the Gene Pool on the roster, front office and YES "The Owner".

Then again I'm not even sure that would help!

:shake:


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No it wouldn't help. They would have to get their hands on a size way above magnum at least to clean up the BIG dick sitting up in the owner's box.

Over-Head
01-23-2007, 05:38 AM
Poor prick!
What a thing to have on his resume;
Fired by AD after 5 games :shake:

Or, he could actually turn out great.
well maybe if Al croaks and actually STOP the fuggen micromanagement and let people do their job's without consistant interference.
Either way, in 10 years or so, when the crusty old bastage is gone you guy's are gonna be in trouble! :cuss:

chagrin
01-23-2007, 06:10 AM
poor bastard, he's doomed

Kerberos
01-23-2007, 06:11 AM
poor bastard, he's doomed


DOOOOOOOOOOOMED !!!11!1

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Dartgod
01-23-2007, 06:24 AM
Oakland has won just 15 games in the four seasons since reaching the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. Davis has fired Bill Callahan, Norv Turner and Shell since then...
There's a recipe for success.

Saulbadguy
01-23-2007, 08:07 AM
I was hoping they'd hire Callahan back.

Dammit Al!:cuss:
They are stupid, but not that stupid.

HonestChieffan
01-23-2007, 08:20 AM
Could be Pinkels replacement?

FringeNC
01-23-2007, 08:36 AM
Is Buddy Ryan's son still there? If so, Oakland might not be a doormat any more. Ryan evidently could just blow Al off, and still field a good defense -- Oakland had a MUCH better defense than we did. If Kiffin can do the same thing on the offensive side of the ball....

I'd much rather have Kiffin and Ryan than I would Herm and Gunther. I think we probably have the worst coaching staff in the division now.

Rooster
01-23-2007, 09:42 AM
He's 31 and a head coach in the NFL. I have to get my ass in gear and do something with my life. :banghead:

Kraut
01-23-2007, 09:43 AM
He's 31 and a head coach in the NFL. I have to get my ass in gear and do something with my life. :banghead:
LOL I know doesn't it just make you feel like dog shite..... :cuss:

Woodrow Call
01-23-2007, 09:49 AM
I'd much rather have Kiffin and Ryan than I would Herm and Gunther. I think we probably have the worst coaching staff in the division now.

I'd trade Gun for Ryan in a heartbeat. I'm not sure what Kiffin has done to warrant the high praise other than your hatred for Herm.

Chief Chief
01-23-2007, 10:05 AM
Where's the media frenzy about a team replacing a fired black coach with a whitey? Al, of all people, should know that once ya go black, ya never go back...

FringeNC
01-23-2007, 10:11 AM
I'd trade Gun for Ryan in a heartbeat. I'm not sure what Kiffin has done to warrant the high praise other than your hatred for Herm.

Most thought USC would fall back to the pack when Norm Chow left for Tennessee. It didn't happen. Kiffin and Sarkasian are very well respected despite the young age.

You win in this league by having difference-makers in the front office and/or on the coaching field. Is there any player in the league you'd take over Bill Belichick? Any TWO players in the league?

Oakland seems to have an impact coach in Ryan. They lost a negative difference-maker in Art Shell. Kiffin really doesn't have to be a genius for their staff to be better than ours.

Just who are our difference makers in the front office and coaching staff? Who is above average at their respective job? Seriously, name one.

Usually, it takes a few years for a system to fall apart. Seifert kept the 49ers going a long time after Bill Walsh left. Even Callahan kept it going in Oakland for a year after Gruden left. Herm destoyed our offense immediately.

CupidStunt
01-23-2007, 11:03 AM
LMAO

http://www.raiders.com/uploads/photos/perm/main/PLOFLDBIHGJM/012207kiffin180.jpg

afchiefs
01-23-2007, 02:15 PM
I can see it all: 2nd game into the season
Al Davis doing his best Vermil impersion:" Its time to take off the diapers son er' Coach"

Sam Hall
01-23-2007, 06:16 PM
I was hoping they'd hire Callahan back.

Dammit Al!:cuss:

I disagree, but that's funny.

Sam Hall
01-23-2007, 06:17 PM
They are stupid, but not that stupid.

You have no room to talk

Deberg_1990
01-23-2007, 07:34 PM
Al Davis likes young men apparently.....