Kiffen Walks The Plank

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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-and-15 record with Oakland.
Kiffin is the second NFL head coach to get the boot in as many
days. Scott Linehan (LIHN'-eh-han) was let go by the St. Louis Rams
yesterday after an 0-and-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
dollars 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.

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