Lane Kiffin: Weasel, Martyr or Both?
Wow, even by Raider standards, that press conference was surreal.
Perhaps the strangest moment was Tom Cable saying he loved and respected Lane Kiffin, right after the boss who’d promoted Cable to head coach had just portrayed Kiffin as a lying weasel who’d sown team disharmony.
What’s clear is that the acrimony between Davis and Kiffin dates back to last season, and that it continued throughout the winter and beyond.
I’m certainly looking at Kiffin a bit differently this evening. He said he’d hold his own press conference tomorrow, so we’ll see what he has to say.
I stand by my previous take that, regardless of who’s more to blame in this specific matter, the organization’s indecision regarding Kiffin has led to the inexcusable outcome of another season of turmoil—at precisely the time we can least afford it.
The warning signs, in fact, were even greater than I could have imagined. This relationship was doomed to failure. Action clearly needed to be taken yesterday (ie: last winter), not today.
As I’ve said before, the more failure, the less margin for error. This is a basic principle of life, business and sports. After tying the NFL record for consecutive seasons of 11-or-more-loss futility last season, we had no margin for error heading into this season.
We have even less today.