Pete Carroll is very enthusiastic about the Oakland Raiders’ promise under new head coach Kiffin, reports Cam Inman of the Contra Coast Times. Before his NFL debut, Lane Kiffin worked under Carroll for five seasons with the Trojans, coaching tight ends and wide-receivers as well as being credited for recruiting some of the best collegiate talent in the country. Carroll stopped by the Oakland Raiders’ practice last Thursday and found promise in a team that face-planted with 2-14 record last season. With familiar Trojan players on Oakland’s roster like Darnell Bing, William Buchanon, Justin Fargas and Mike Williams, and with the number one draft pick JaMarcus Russell, the Raiders have the weapons to make some big improvements.
“That’s really exciting. And it should be exciting for everybody who loves the Raiders…He’s (Kiffin) got such a plan, such a philosophy that can generate that new sense of urgency and attention to detail, the stuff it takes when you’re trying to turn a program around,” Carroll said.