In an interview with ESPN’s Page 2, former Oakland coach Lane Kiffin has some interesting things to say about Oakland owner Al Davis, who he famously feuded with. Among the nuggets Kiffin disclosed was that Davis wouldn’t show up to Oakland’s offices until the afternoon. What does it all mean? Nothing, but it’s always interesting to hear dish by the scorned.
Here’s the Raiders’ part of Kiffin’s interview:
In retrospect, was going to Oakland an unwinnable situation?
It is almost impossible. I don't know why I didn't listen, [because] so many people told me that. That's why, if you ask [Steve Sarkisian], he didn't go. He had a chance to go. You're just so far behind other clubs. You're waiting for [owner Al Davis] to wake up and come to work at 2 o'clock in the afternoon to make decisions that the rest of the league is making at 6 o'clock in the morning. You're still running videotapes over to the hotel so he can watch practice at night.
The overhead projector Al Davis used during the news conference he held after your firing seems like kind of a metaphor for how he runs the Raiders. Would you agree?
Yeah, it was. It was sad, really, to see somebody who's accomplished so much in his career and been such a powerful figure in the NFL ... to see that was actually pretty sad to watch. But you're exactly right, an overhead projector -- that describes the pace that you're dealing with of the way an organization is being run.
Sebastian Janikowski has a cannon for a leg, but you sent him in to attempt a pretty long field goal (76 yards) in your last game as coach of the Raiders. What was your strategy when you sent in that play?
That's Shane Lechler's fault. [Cracks a smile.] He was the holder -- the punter. ... Shane told me [Janikowski] could make it. [Janikowski] actually, when you put him that direction in [the Oakland Coliseum] during warm-ups, he'll make some from there. So, I blame Shane for that one. ... If you get the wind right in that direction, he can make that.
OK, Raiders’ fans, have at it. I know Kiffin is one of the Raider Nation’s most hot-button topics of recent memory. Let your thoughts fly in the comment section. I’d ask you to play nice, but I know that would be a futile request.