Kiffin expects more from his Raiders

Some people are hard to please. The Raiders are tied atop the AFC West with a 2-2 record, their win total equaling their entire output of last season under Art Shell.

They lead the NFL in rushing at 194.3 yards per game and snapped a 12-game road losing streak in Miami, pulverizing the Dolphins with 299 yards on the ground.

Lane Kiffin, their 32-year-old head coach, plans on using the bye week to figure out what went wrong in the first quarter of the season.

"We've been through four games and I'm not pleased where we're at," Kiffin said. "We should be 4-0. We've taken the lead in every single game with less than nine minutes to go. In my opinion, if you take the lead with nine minutes left, we should be winning the games.

"So we should be 4-0 and that falls on all of us."

From the outside, a 2-2 record can be viewed as progress. Kiffin disagrees. When he arrived, the Raiders were known as an inept offense with a potentially outstanding defense.

It hasn't worked out that way.

"I don't care what happened before because it doesn't have anything to do with where we're going," Kiffin said. "The feeling was we're a defensive team and if we could just get the offense going ... but I never said anything about that. I don't believe that. You're always a new team. What you did before doesn't matter."

Kiffin said ideally he would prefer a bye at a later date, but the Raiders could get defensive end Derrick Burgess, linebacker Robert Thomas, linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba and fullback Oren O'Neal back by the time they face the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 14.

Running back Dominic Rhodes, having finished a four-game suspension, returns to the team this week, which is fortunate if LaMont Jordan, who left the Miami game on a cart with a back injury, is out for any length of time.

"There's a bunch of things to take advantage of at this time," Kiffin said.


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