Monte Kiffin deflects questions about son, Raiders

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Monte Kiffin is known for putting together aggressive defenses on the field.

When it came time to defend his son, Kiffin took a passive-aggressive approach. Lane Kiffin was fired as coach of the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday and was criticized by owner Al Davis in his news conference announcing the move.

"It was a long day and I really don't want to go there and all due respect to you guys and you guys have been great in this matter,'' Monte Kiffin said.

Kiffin was asked if he was proud of how his son had handled the situation.

"Take the high road,'' the Tampa Bay defensive coordinator said. "That's all you can do.''

Kiffin declined to comment on Davis' contention that Lane Kiffin wanted to bring his father to Oakland as the defensive coordinator.