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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Dissension and Dysfunction

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Lane Kiffin has minutes, hours or days on the job in Oakland, not weeks or months or years. Clearly, Al Davis is going to fire him at some point. It's only a matter of when. Their relationship has become too dysfunction for Kiffin to stay. The guess here is that Rob Ryan, the defensive coordinator who has spoken out for Davis in recent weeks, will get the job.

The other coach who could get fired during the season is Scott Linehan in St. Louis. Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom has said publicly that changes will be made if the team doesn't play better. This is far from a good team, but it should be playing better than it is. There's an established quarterback there in Marc Bulger, and an established running back in Steven Jackson. Kiffin has neither of those luxuries in Oakland. JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden are talented players with big contracts, but they're learning on the job as young players.

Besides that, no other coach is getting fired during the season. Not Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. Not Rob Marinelli in Detroit. In-season switches rarely happen and almost never do any good. A bad team usually is going to remain a bad team, and the coach who takes over is just filling in until a permanent replacement can be hired in the offseason.

By Mark Maske  |  September 23, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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