Kiffin expects more from Huff

Many people criticized the Raiders for drafting Michael Huff in the first round last year rather than taking a quarterback like Matt Leinart or Jay Cutler. Huff's missed tackle on a the 49ers' first-quarter touchdown Saturday night didn't do anything to please the critics or coach Lane Kiffin, who says Oakland needs more from the second-year safety.

"Michael has a ways to go, and Michael needs to improve," Kiffin said Sunday. "For us to continue to improve on defense, we need more plays out of Michael and he needs to be more of a playmaker in our defense."

Michael Huff missed two tackles against San Francisco, one on tight end Vernon Davis that allowed the 49ers to gain a first down, and the second on Delanie Walker's 19-yard touchdown catch from Alex Smith, a play in which Huff ran stride for stride with San Francisco's tight end but failed to look for the ball.

"I try to be patient," Huff said. "We've got a long way to go. You've got to be patient and it will come."

Huff wasn't the only one Kiffin was unhappy about.

Asked what he saw on film after wide receiver Alvis Whitted dropped a sure touchdown in the final seconds of the game, Kiffin replied curtly, "I saw a ball hit him in the hands and drop it."

Oakland did manage to get out of the game relatively injury free. Safety Hiram Eugene injured his hand in the second half and will see a specialist.


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