A Sirus Quote from Kiffin
I just heard the following from Lane Kiffin on Sirius NFL Radio:
"I don't know anything more than you guys know. Nothing has been told to me besides what's in the media and supposedly what's coming from our front office people."
What Kiffin didn't say was this: "Mr. Davis took a few minutes out of his morning, walked downstairs to my office, and told me everything was cool and that this is all just a bunch of bad information."
What Kiffin did say was that he knows no more about his status than Ray Ratto across the bay in the Chronicle newsroom. What Kiffin did say is that no one in a position of authority within the organization has told him anything, leaving him in the dark and totally alone to answer disturbing questions about his status.
For the sake of argument, let's presume that all of this is just one big media-fueled misunderstanding, and that while even the most credible Raiders beat writers are quoting people from inside the organization as evidence of the reputed turmoil, either the beat writers are either making things up or the front office is loaded with mendacious traitors (which would signify a different, but no less significant, issue). Let's presume that the Raiders are tired of issuing official statements to refute destructive rumors about staff members (despite the fact that a statement was issued on Rob Ryan's behalf earlier this year).
Okay, let's do those mental gymnastics and get ourselves in a position to believe all of that. The question still remains: Why won't anyone talk to Lane Kiffin and let him know what's up? What's the point of leaving him in the dark?
Well, there is no point, unless there's at least some truth behind the reports and that there's fire where there's smoke.