Coaches and managers are hired to fired, or so the saying goes.

But how it happens -- or doesn't -- can be odd indeed.

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Going to last weekend, Ned Yost, manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, had every reason to believe his job was safe.  His Brewers were leaders in the NL wildcard chase and could have swatted away one of their pursuers, the Phillies, in an important series.  Meanwhile, Lane Kiffin -- considered to be on borrowed time as the Oakland Raiders head coach since last January -- figured to be coaching his last game for Al Davis on Sunday in Kansas City.

So Yost's Brewers get swept by Philadelphia and in a stunning move, he's fired despite the fact that his team is still battling for the playoffs with about two weeks left in the season.  And Kiffin, after a surprisingly easy 23-8 win over the Chiefs, still has his job, although he doesn't sound particularly enthusiastic about it. To wit (from Kiffin):  "There are certain things I can control, there's certain things I can't. This happens to be the next one. (Davis) has a decision to make. It does me no good to worry about it right now."

This note.  Big changes often happen in the NFL on Tuesday, the day-off around the league.  It's still early on the West Coast.

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