Question of loyalty
Last week, news broke of the Oakland Raiders possibly dismissing
As a former player for the Raiders, I have seen how that loyalty is rewarded.
In naming Kiffin the head coach just a year ago, Davis took a chance on an "up-and-coming" college assistant who had limited experience as a coordinator and was not considered a prime candidate for a head coaching job on any level. But Davis has always been a risk taker when it comes to running his football team.
Kiffin's alleged pursuits of the aforementioned jobs violated this order, and his rumored attempt to dismiss several staff members without Davis' consent would be another sign of disrespect.
Despite those acts, the decision to jettison Kiffin after one season would be difficult. Kiffin, who led the Raiders to a 4-12 record, appeared to have the team headed in the right direction. His squad was competitive (seven losses by seven points or fewer), organized and played with an energy that hadn't been seen in Oakland in the past two seasons.
Offensively, Kiffin fixed the leaky O-line and orchestrated an attack that ranked sixth in the league in rushing offense. With
Regardless of how this saga eventually unfolds, Davis' demand for loyalty will not change and those who represent the Raiders must realize that.