Raiders fire Kiffin

The Raiders have apparently fired head coach Lane Kiffin and called a 2 p.m. PDT press conference to name his replacement.

Owner Al Davis met late Monday night with members of the coaching staff to discuss the possibility of firing Kiffin, with whom he has been at odds with since late last season. It was at that meeting that the final decision was made.

ESPN reported Kiffin had been fired early Tuesday morning and a team spokesman confirmed Oakland has scheduled a press conference regarding the matter.

No successor has been named but wide receivers coach James Lofton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan have been rumored to be at the top of the list of candidates. Paul Hackett, whom the Raiders hired as a consultant in the off season, is also a possibility as well as running backs coach Tom Rathman.

Whoever takes over inherits a team that has played far better than its 1-3 record shows. Oakland held fourth-quarter leads against Buffalo and San Diego but wound up losing each game.

The new head coach will be the Raiders' fifth in six seasons, following on the heels of Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell and Kiffin.

That is unprecedented in NFL history and without question a primary reason the Raiders have not been to the playoffs since 2002.

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