"I think so, at this point," said a team source familiar with the situation. "It's crazy."
Two weeks ago Pro Football Weekly cited sources within the NFL that Kiffin was likely on his way out in Oakland and that the two sides were quietly working on an exit strategy.
Kiffin has also reportedly been unhappy with his situation, part of which may have to do with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Shortly after the team's season-ending 30-17 loss to San Diego on Dec. 30, there were reports that Ryan would be fired by the Raiders at Kiffin's request.
That's when the team sent out the memo decrying the rumors of Ryan's impending departure. Then earlier this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., both Kiffin and Ryan denied there were any problems between the two.
Now comes the latest twist in what has been a bizarre offseason for the Raiders, who have yet to publicly address the Kiffin situation. If the team was as adamant about keeping Kiffin as it was with Ryan, then why hasn't there been a response sent out addressing the rumors?
Granted, rumors are rumors and Ryan, despite all the innuendo flying around about him, remains as the team's defensive coordinator. But with this franchise, where there's smoke there's usually fire and the Kiffin situation isn't likely to go away any time soon.