Drama becoming an annoyance for Raiders
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi Asomugha put up a brief argument before conceding that it would be nice if the drama surrounding the Oakland Raiders went away.
"Yeah, it would be nice if we didn't have to deal with this all the time, but that's the way it is around here," Asomugha said, referring to speculation that coach Lane Kiffin will be fired. "A lot of it you just start to say, it's unnecessary. We still have a season to play and guys are trying to concentrate.
"To the head coach's credit, he's not walking around acting like it's his last week. Really, most of this stuff comes from the outside, but you hear it and it's frustrating. Sometimes, you just wish people would leave it alone. As players, we don't really talk about it, but it's brought to us all the time."
Fellow Raiders cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who made an interception in the third quarter to set up a touchdown and give Oakland a 16-7 lead, said he was also frustrated by the talk about Kiffin.
However, all Hall said he could do was laugh at the situation after what he went through in 2007 with Atlanta.
Kiffin is still the Raiders head coach, but for how long?
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"It's like more of the same for me," Hall said. "You think you're coming to a whole new situation, but it's just like more of the same. I went through Michael Vick and dog-fighting, the coach (Bobby Petrino) quitting and then getting traded … then you come out here and it's more of the same thing.
"It's like man, can't things just be normal?"
Kiffin said he didn't consider his fate as the game unfolded.
"No, I wasn't thinking that," Kiffin said. "I don't even think about that because what is that going to do? I'm going to watch the film on the way home, like I always do, and see how we can get better. I can't be thinking about other stuff."
Oakland owner Al Davis left Ralph Wilson Stadium in a black town car roughly an hour after his team lost for the 63rd time in their past 83 games.
Davis left without talking to reporters. The question now is what Davis will say to Kiffin as the team returns to Oakland. The rumor for more than a week has been that Kiffin could be fired at any time by Davis, who has grown to loath his young head coach.
"I really don't know how it's going to go in the next day or two, but I wouldn't (expect) that (Kiffin) is going to be around very long," a Raiders source said Sunday. Another source said Kiffin was "on about as short a leash as you could imagine."
Sadly, that's not a revelation.
For the Raiders, it's just more of the same.