People in the Raiders front office and close to Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach Raheem Morris confirm that Kiffin has his sights set upon luring away Morris.
Several published reports have speculated about Kiffin hiring his father, Monte, to replace Ryan once the Buccaneers' season ends. Monte Kiffin dismissed the likelihood of that happening.
"Whatever happened in Oakland has nothing to do with me just because of the (last name) Kiffin," Monte Kiffin told Tampa-area media in recent days. "Believe me, I am totally concentrating on the New York Giants. I love the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I love Tampa. I love my son, but that doesn't mean I don't like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."
Monte Kiffin said he is working without a contract for the Buccaneers right now but is interested in re-signing with the team he has worked for the past 12 seasons.
"I haven't thought about what is going on in Oakland," Monte Kiffin said. "Lane hasn't discussed it with me. I love the Bucs. I've coached here a long time, and I'd like to continue to coach here."
Morris, 31, has been groomed by Monte Kiffin to be a defensive coordinator. Lane Kiffin no doubt has heard all about Morris from his father.
Morris began his NFL career with the Buccaneers in 2002. Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber said he realized early that Morris is destined for greater things in the NFL.
"He's on the fast track," Barber told the Tampa Tribune. "People ask me all the time what's different about us this year, and I point to Raheem. He's a big part of it."