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Lane Kiffin will personally vouch for Matt Barkley’s NFL potential

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If any NFL general managers or coaches want to know what USC Lane Kiffin thinks of quarterback Matt Barkley, Kiffin is eager to offer a ringing endorsement.

Kiffin, who knows something about the NFL from his stint coaching the Raiders, told ESPNLosAngeles.com that he knows Barkley has all the tools needed to be a great NFL quarterback.

“I think he’s going to be a great starting quarterback in the NFL, and the film shows it,” Kiffin said. “The plays he makes, all the throws he’s made here, the leadership qualities.”

So why was USC such a disappointment in Barkley’s final season? Barkley’s NFL stock seemed to slip as USC fell from No. 1 in the preseason to unranked at the end of the season, but Kiffin says that’s the fault of USC’s defense.

“I’ve said this before: If Matt Barkley had the defense that Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer had, Matt Barkley would have won the Heisman Trophy just like they did. He would have had the winning records they had,” Kiffin said.

Kiffin openly slamming the USC defense may make things awkward at the next Kiffin family dinner, as USC’s defensive coordinator last season was Kiffin’s dad, Monte Kiffin. It also may have Cowboys fans concerned, considering that Kiffin is now the defensive coordinator in Dallas.

But Kiffin stands by that, saying that people need to remember how Barkley and USC almost beat Stanford and Andrew Luck in 2011.

“Andrew threw an interception for a touchdown and, their very next drive we stop them, and [safety] T.J. McDonald gets called for a head-to-head personal foul that keeps the drive alive,” Kiffin said. “Is that Matt Barkley’s fault? If that flag’s not thrown and we stop them right there, you go, ‘Man, Matt just beat Andrew Luck.’ When I remember Matt, I think of all that stuff.”

Barkley would love it if NFL scouts think of him as the guy who could have beaten Andrew Luck. Unfortunately, NFL teams are a lot more likely to look at what Barkley did last season than they are to listen to Lane Kiffin’s opinion.

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68 Responses to “Lane Kiffin will personally vouch for Matt Barkley’s NFL potential”
  1. nebster21 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    I will believe that if the Cowboys go after him. Otherwise he is just trying to to fool a team into thinking he can coach.

  2. themagicman1223 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    The thing is Mr. Kiffin no one can predict how Matt Barkley or any prospect for that matter will adjust to the NFL. You never know who might be the best player to come out of that class.

  3. davekezer says: Feb 28, 2013 10:17 AM

    Yeah, cause Lane Kiffin is the pillar in which all trustworthiness needs to be judged.

  4. NoobTubeTV says: Feb 28, 2013 10:20 AM

    JaMarcus had ‘potential’ too.

  5. fwippel says: Feb 28, 2013 10:22 AM

    Like Lane Kiffin has anything to lose by doing this. Barkley has the potential to do a Ryan Mallet style fall in this draft.

  6. spewtilation says: Feb 28, 2013 10:25 AM

    This guy Kiffin has no credibility. Look at this cowardly, unimpressive body of work. Not saying anything about Barkley here, because what he will do remains to be seen. But, Kiffin on the other hand. His opinion is about as dependable as his loyalty.

  7. terraj35 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:30 AM

    Has anyone lost more credibility in the last few years than Lame Kiffin? This personal vouch means about as much as his commitment to the Univ of Tenn.

  8. bamboozle99 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:30 AM

    Lane Kiffin is a pretty good recruiter. Nice play.

  9. mullman76 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:30 AM

    Lance Kiffin is a donkey.

  10. popdrummer says: Feb 28, 2013 10:31 AM

    Well, that settles it then. Lane Kiffin’s word is as good as …. whoa, wait a minute! I am sure Barkley is thrilled with this endorsement.

  11. clownsfan says: Feb 28, 2013 10:33 AM

    Lane Kiffin is a scumbag.

  12. thefox61 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:33 AM

    Yeah, and Russell Wilson’s “too short”.

  13. skinsfanwill says: Feb 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    How does Lane Kiffin remain employed as a football coach?

  14. hartdaddy says: Feb 28, 2013 10:35 AM

    Drafting is just an overrated educated guess, you pick who you want & let History play out, this isn’t Madden. People do remember Joe Montana was a 3rd round pick right? At the end of the day who really knows who’s gonna be good or not, geez.

  15. andyreidisthegoat says: Feb 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    That’s like applying for a job and having charles manson as a character reference.

  16. shaunypoo says: Feb 28, 2013 10:38 AM

    Good enough for me.

  17. harrisbarton says: Feb 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    The only person less trustworthy than Lane Kiffin is Pete Carroll.

  18. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:40 AM

    LOL what happened to the other two times Barkley faced Andrew Luck?? Also USC was full of blue chippers can’t say the same thing about Stanford when Barkely lost 3 straight to them.

    Barkley can play, but comparing him to Luck in any shape form or fashion is ludicrous.

  19. gf2711 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:41 AM

    I wouldn’t even let Lane vouch for my next lunch spot

  20. keithdylan says: Feb 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    Said the guy who had Seabass try a 75 yard field goal.

  21. lew24 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:43 AM

    Whew!!! That should make Matty feel better!!

  22. bengalsstillsuck says: Feb 28, 2013 10:45 AM

    Kiffin your word sucks i think if you would of stayed at Tennessee you cld of built a winner there but you stabbed them in the back an now you can’t do jack crap at USC.

  23. rickywatts80 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:49 AM

    This whole thing about one QB beating another is TOTALLY RIDICULOUS. QBs don’t play against one another. It may give a QB a little incentive knowing that there is another great player at the same position on the other team, but they don’t compete against one another in any way. To say otherwise is just stupid meatball talk.

  24. birdbrainsnj says: Feb 28, 2013 10:51 AM

    By watching lane coach in the nfl. It’s easy to see he knows nothing of what it takes to succeed in this league.

  25. jahbird says: Feb 28, 2013 10:52 AM

    In other news, Big Al Haynesworth personally vouches for Lane Kiffin’s character and work ethic.

  26. justautumnwindbaby says: Feb 28, 2013 10:54 AM

    And lane is qulified to make nfl judgements because………..?

  27. rcali says: Feb 28, 2013 10:56 AM

    Ouch. Kiffen may have just sunk the Barkley ship.

  28. radrntn says: Feb 28, 2013 10:56 AM

    yep, and I remember what nick saban had to say about Rolondo McClain before the draft.

  29. demolition510 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:57 AM

    Lame Kiffin is a snake. Don’t trust this man

  30. niko0063 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:58 AM

    Well I’m sold………

  31. grandpoopah says: Feb 28, 2013 10:59 AM

    Personally, I’d want someone more competent than Lane Kiffin vouching for me.

  32. jlinatl says: Feb 28, 2013 11:02 AM

    Fortunately for NFL GMs, Lane Kiffin is known for his honesty and credibility. None of them are likely to notice that having a QB go high in the 1st round would help Kiffin’s recruiting efforts.

  33. gbpackets says: Feb 28, 2013 11:05 AM

    Let me get this straight. USC defense gets a pick-six, and Barkley is going to get credit for the win. Then USC defense commits a personal foul, allowing Stanford to keep the drive alive and score, and now the USC defense gets the blame for the loss? Okay, thought so. That is impeccable logic…

  34. 69finfan says: Feb 28, 2013 11:05 AM

    Wow, I’m sure that’s really going to change the way 25+ teams approach the upcoming FA period and the draft, not!

  35. chucksports says: Feb 28, 2013 11:08 AM

    Kiffin’s the first person I’d call if I needed someone to vouch for me……..not

  36. scrp2 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:10 AM

    A Lane Kiffin endorsement is about as valuable as a … Lane Kiffin endorsement.

  37. djcologne says: Feb 28, 2013 11:11 AM

    Why would Kiffin sabotage Barkley like that?

  38. getyourownname says: Feb 28, 2013 11:14 AM

    And who is willing to vouch for Kiffin?

  39. olcap says: Feb 28, 2013 11:20 AM

    Hmmm, I didn’t think Lane Kiffin’s word meant much to most folks.

  40. jagsfan1 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:21 AM

    Immediately after this – we will have the AD of Univ of Tennessee on – who will personally vouch for Lane Kiffin’s character and integrity.

  41. stephenolszewski says: Feb 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    Is that supposed to impress me?

  42. karthikv20 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:31 AM

    Weeden beat luck and RG3 in 2011

  43. javierjiminy says: Feb 28, 2013 11:33 AM

    And I will personally vouche for lane kiffen by saying he has psychological problems.

  44. tundey says: Feb 28, 2013 11:45 AM

    Didn’t Mike Shanahan bet his entire reputation on John Beck?

  45. bucksnknucks says: Feb 28, 2013 11:50 AM

    The endorsement should drop him a couple more spots.

  46. phillycass says: Feb 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    I couldn’t think of a WORSE person to get an endorsement from.. also I believe Al had film on Jamarcus being a ‘good quarterback’ and Lane (and the rest of the world) was supposed to ‘get over it’.

  47. toybkshr says: Feb 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    Who will vouch for Lane Kiffen’s ability?

  48. ajb3313 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:03 PM

    The next time two people are arguing about how much credit the quarterback should get for winning a game or whether it’s logical in any way to say “such-n-such QB beat so-n-so QB,” I hope Lane’s comments enter the fray. This guy is a moron.

  49. shutupbrees says: Feb 28, 2013 12:04 PM

    Does Kiffin have compromising pictures of the President of the United States or something?

    How is this dope constantly put into lucrative positions of authority.

  50. baddorange says: Feb 28, 2013 12:12 PM

    Sure. Mr. Expert.
    USC QB’s have stunk recently.

  51. raiderapologist says: Feb 28, 2013 12:24 PM

    NoobTubeTV says: Feb 28, 2013 10:20 AM

    JaMarcus had ‘potential’ too.
    —————-
    Kiffin didn’t think so. Have to give him credit for that, at least.

  52. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    Way to throw your old man under the bus. An endorsement from Lane should mean absolutely nothing.

  53. jprcox says: Feb 28, 2013 12:48 PM

    I’ve worked around my father all my life – 3rd generation architects. There is NO WAY a son could have any effective control over his father – NO WAY. When I realized this was the case, I couldn’t beleive they would even try to work under those conditions. That may say a lot right there.

    USC’s head coach isn’t who they think it is.

  54. briang123 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:05 PM

    Barkley just dropped to the 7th round/free agent level.

  55. leftcoastnative says: Feb 28, 2013 1:16 PM

    Barkley gets a endorsement from Layne, but who is vouching for Layne?

  56. bdawk20 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:22 PM

    I wouldn’t take a restaurant recommendation from Lane Kiffin, let alone a franchise legacy recommendation

  57. arrogantnation says: Feb 28, 2013 1:26 PM

    Pat Haden will ride it out with Kiffin during the sanctions then start fresh.

  58. eugenesaxe says: Feb 28, 2013 2:23 PM

    But who will vouch for Lane Kiffin?

  59. realdealsteel says: Feb 28, 2013 2:48 PM

    Lane Kiffin isn’t qualified to vouch for anyone. There is already a movement by the alumni, to have him removed. He will not be the coach of USC for the start of the 2015 season.

  60. hawkforlife says: Feb 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    harrisbarton
    The only person less trustworthy than Lane Kiffin is Pete Carroll.

    And you all said Carroll was wrong about Sanchez leaving early and did it only to keep him winning at USC. You’re a joke.

  61. rmcdonald23 says: Feb 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    I can’t believe that Kiffin has the gall to give someone his endorsement with as little credibility as he has! Obviously all the criticism about him last year went right over his head and he still thinks he’s God!!!!

  62. rmcdonald23 says: Feb 28, 2013 3:46 PM

    I can’t believe someone would ask for his opinion!!!!! How dumb do you have to be?!?!

  63. eastwood1956 says: Feb 28, 2013 4:06 PM

    I would rather listen to a fruit bat fart than listen to Kiffen.

  64. cobibones13 says: Feb 28, 2013 4:34 PM

    Why is Kiffen bashing his defense so much just for the sake of 1 guy’s draft stock? and it’s not like it’ll help his draft stock anyway. Most of those guys that were on their D are still going to be there for the next year or two. That should be an awkward next two years for Kiffen.

    West Virginia’s D I’m sure gave up a lot more points than the USC D, but believe it or not teams actually look at the player not his team in evaluating which players to draft. Geno Smith is a 1st round talent, and Barkley isn’t.

    Kiffen’s words aren’t going to magically give Barkley a stronger arm or change the fact he wimped out at the combine.

  65. ironman721 says: Feb 28, 2013 5:29 PM

    Poor kid’s draft status just plummeted after kiffen endorsement.

  66. screbels89 says: Feb 28, 2013 6:30 PM

    Does anyone in the country other than teenage football players believe anything LK says?

  67. pksullivanmph says: Feb 28, 2013 6:35 PM

    Oh boy last person I would want touting my skills. @footballady52 🏈

  68. txnative61 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:29 AM

    Kiffin’s going a bit far in trashing his Dad’s defense, but what’s a coach to say about a star player who delayed declaring for the draft? Got to pump them up or everybody bails first chance, eh? I doubt NFL evaluators even bother to read his opinions. Film on the season speaks for itself, no doubt. More depends on the team situation he is put in afterwards, regardless of where he is drafted, as with Russell Wilson.

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