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if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById(‘articleViewerGroup’).style.width = requestedWidth + “px”; document.getElementById(‘articleViewerGroup’).style.margin = “0px 0px 10px 10px”; } Raiders coach Lane Kiffin returned to team headquarters Monday morning with no overt signs of him being on his way out of a job. Several reports last week, all unattributed, said managing general partner Al Davis had stripped Kiffin of all authority over personnel moves and the hiring and firing of assistant coaches. Yet, Kiffin, who spent last week in Mobile, Ala., coaching the North squad in the Senior Bowl, was the primary person interviewing James Lofton for a coaching job for five hours or so Monday.

Kiffin was joined by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in interviewing Lofton for an unspecified position. Noticeably absent was Davis. He arrived toward the end of the process but only to exchange greetings with Lofton, who starred for the Raiders at wide receiver in 1987 and ’88.

“We haven’t formalized anything yet,” Lofton said, when reached by phone, during a break in the process. “We’re just talking right now.”

Lofton couldn’t be reached after his interview ended.

On Friday, ESPN reported that Davis sent a resignation letter to Kiffin’s representatives in response to Kiffin’s insistence on firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, among other things.

Neither Kiffin nor Davis has commented on the report. Kiffin on Saturday said, “I hope so,” when asked if he expected to be the Raiders coach in 2008.

That Kiffin presided over Lofton’s interview brings into question the credibility of reports that said Davis had taken away Kiffin’s authority. Kiffin was unavailable for comment Monday.

But Raiders senior executive John Herrera said, “The interview went well. There will be further discussions.”

Lofton spent the past six seasons as the San Diego Chargers receivers coach. He was fired last week. Davis interviewed Lofton for the Raiders coaching vacancy each of the past two seasons.

Charles Coe was the Raiders receivers coach last season. There has been no word on his status for next season.

In other news, Bob LaMonte, the agent for former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders, confirmed that the Raiders requested permission to speak with Saunders about the prospect of joining the Raiders.

Saunders was fired by the Redskins on Saturday, meaning that the Raiders no longer need permission from the Redskins. However, LaMonte said the Raiders have yet to contact him about setting up an interview.

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