Raiders Fire Kiffin 4 Games Into Second Season

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - After weeks of speculation, the Raiders have fired coach Lane Kiffen. The move comes four games into his second season on the job. One win in four games left him with a 5-15 record with Oakland.

Kiffin is the second NFL head coach to get the boot in as many days. Scott Linehan was let go by the St. Louis Rams Monday after an 0-4 start.

The Raiders say the move is being made for cause, meaning they will likely try not to pay Kiffin the remainder of his salary owed under his contract. He signed a two-year deal worth about $4 million with a team option for 2009 when he took over last year.

No immediate successor has been named but there are plenty of candidates on staff, including defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and receivers coach James Lofton, who both interviewed for the job when
Kiffin got it in 2007.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, running backs coach Tom Rathman, offensive line coach Tom Cable and advance scout Paul Hackett also could be possible choices.

Whoever fills the vacancy will be Oakland's fifth head coach in six seasons.

(Copyright 2008 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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