You would think that after being phoned up & thrown out by Al Davis, the sad saga of Lane Kiffin & the Raiders would have finally come to an end. Kiffin would no longer had to concern himself with the absurdist opera in Oakland, and instead be free to take whatever orange-clad collegiate coaching offer would come his way.
Yes, you’d think that, but you’d be wrong. Lane just can’t seem to stay away from the adventures at Alameda County Coliseum. Even though he’s no longer on the payroll (and the Raiders desperately don’t want to pay the remainder of his contract), Kiffin is still in contact with one of his ex-players - and is still discussing X’s and O’s.
Paul Gutierrez of the SACRAMENTO BEE hears from JaMarcus Russell that Kiffin called up the Raiders QB on Monday “and talked strategy heading into the Raiders’ game in New Orleans.” In JaMarcus’ mind, it’s like Lane never really left:
“He just called and talked to me about their defense, things he would do if he was here,” Russell said. “So really, nothing changed.”
Meaning Kiffin is still tutoring him?
“He’s got a lot of off-time on his hands,” Russell said matter-of-factly. “So he would pay attention (to) the defense I would have to go up against, leaves me a text message or a voice mail here or there.”
How nice of him. And despite Davis’ claims that Kiffin didn’t want to draft him in 2007, JaMarcus admits that he kind of misses his ol’ coach already:
“Yeah, he gave me the opportunity to play, my first year in the NFL,” Russell said. “He was a good coach to me. He was always doing good things around here.”
But apparently not enough good things, otherwise Lane would still be employed around there. Then again, you’d have to be concerned about the welfare (and the sanity) of someone who would willingly & voluntarily take a job working under Al Davis.