|12-27-2007, 09:22 PM||#1|
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Raiders could be looking for new D-Cord in 08
Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin wouldn't commit to bringing back defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for 2008 in his post-practice presser Thursday.
Defending Ryan's defense
ALAMEDA Ė The media session with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wasnít as chipper as others have been.
Itís near the end of a season in which the unit has played well below expectations, ranking 26th overall.
Not exactly what Ryan wanted to chat about after believing he might have the best defense in the NFL back in training camp.
The Raiders canít stop the run (31st in the NFL), canít tackle consistently and thatís leaving many wondering if Ryan will have a job with the Raiders next season.
Ryan said heíd have a job in ďtwo minutesĒ if he were fired and doesnít sound worried about his future.
I donít think firing Ryan will solve any problems.
Itís not Ryanís fault that the only way the Raiders addressed their need for a run-stuffing defensive lineman was to resign Terdell Sands, who hasnít played nearly as well as the team hoped he would with a four-year, $17 million contract with $4 million guaranteed.
Ryan hasnít been stubborn stuck with underperforming starters. Two bad games by Fabian Washington put him behind Stanford Routt.
Heís also given two players (B.J. Ward, Hiram Eugene) chances to replace Stuart Schweigert at free safety when it was deemed his play wasnít up to par.
The Raiders need help along the defensive line (though Ryan wouldnít say that today).
The Raiders werenít bad enough this season to be in position to draft LSUís Glenn Dorsey, but donít be shocked if Lane Kiffin plucks a pal from USC, Sedrick Ellis to be the anchor at defensive tackle.
Ryan wouldnít criticize any of his players and some have taken some of the blame for how bad theyíve looked at times.
Kiffin was noncommittal as to whether Ryan would return next season as rumors persist he could hire his father, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in the offseason.
Hereís why thatís not likely to happen.
Kiffin has built his time in Oakland preaching open competition and no favorites. Then heíd hire his dad?
If Kiffin didnít want to play Justin Fargas too soon because they spent two seasons at USC together, imagine the scrutiny of having to critique Pops when the defense plays bad.
Also, Monte runs the Cover 2, and the Raiders donít have the personnel for that in the secondary. Nnamdi Asomugha could play in the scheme, but it emphasizes zone coverage and helping with quick run support.
And youíve seen how the Raidersí secondary tackles, right?
Sometime next week, the changes on staff should begin, if they do. Ryan might be able to test his Two-minute theory then.
|12-27-2007, 09:30 PM||#2|
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If they had to dig to the ranks of the unknown for Lane Kiffin, imagine how low they would have to dig to find a D Coordinator?
I sincerely doubt that Monte would leave TB for Oakland. And here's why. First off, who the hell wants to work for their son? Secondly, TB is a much more successful program than Oakland. Third, Monte has been a marquee D-coordinator for years. If he wanted to move on, I would almost be certain his eyes would be set on a head job, not going to a crappy second rate club to work for his son. That would be a major step back, IMHO.
Either way, its nice to see Oaktown with more questions than answers... not only did their offense not improve in a vast way this season, but their defense did take a vast step backwards.
|12-27-2007, 11:08 PM||#3|
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Its good to see were not the only ones with offseason acquisitions that didnt work. It would really be great if Oakland took Ellis.
|12-27-2007, 11:40 PM||#4|
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I would take Ryan in a heartbeat. Seems like there may be a little bad blood between he and Kiffin. Ryan is probably bitter a kid got hired over him.
|12-28-2007, 12:44 AM||#5|
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sounds like kiffen is trying to get fired.
no way Evil Al lets his head coach get his way when it comes to his own coaching staff
|12-28-2007, 12:50 AM||#6|
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If they get rid of Ryan, who's mug are they gonna show on TV about 10 times a game?? Seriously, this guy gets more airtime than any coach I've ever seen, and he's not even a HC!