Rookie Oakland coach Lane Kiffin has no fear of Devin Hester.
None he's showing, any way.
Asked if he would kick the ball to Hester during the game Sunday in Oakland, Kiffin responded yes.
The surprising answer led media to ask for a clarification. Will he kick to Hester?
"Yes," Kiffin replied.
The natural follow-up to that, why?
"We’re excited about the challenge," Kiffin said. "We’ve started to play better on special teams the last few weeks and this obviously is probably the best returner ever to play the game. It’s not just him. Chicago plays great special teams in all phases of their special teams and is extremely sound. We’re prepared for a challenge.
"It’s no fun to kick it out of bounds so we’re going to see how well we can cover."
The Sun-Times then inquired if the man behind the commitment to excellence, Al Davis, was aware of this strategy?
"Um, I haven’t had that conversation with him," Kiffin responded. "No."
Let's wait and see what really happens with Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler come Sunday.