In a move that had everyone scratching their heads, and Mike Shannahan laughing his ass off, Al Davis introduced Art Shell as the new Raiders head coach. This is after Ken Whisenhunt decided that he’d rather be a coordinator Pittsburgh than work for Al Davis and Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino decided college was a better place.
Poor Grandma Davis, he can’t even hire anyone and now he has to go to Art Shell. This is like calling up your ex-gf from 10 years ago in a fit of desperation and getting married. I think if Art Shell turned him down, Al Davis would have propped Lyle Alzado up and coached the team himself, Weekend At Bernies’s style.
Here’s what the Raider Nation is saying:
[Raidersfans.net]: AutumnWind32: “This hire can be spun and rationalized into what ever anyone wants it to be. If you want to look hard until you find that silver lining then go right ahead. The bottom line is Al went back on his word. He has not done everything neccessary to get this team turned around. Instead he’s settled for a candidate that he projected as his 3rd or more likely 4th option. In other words, his fall back, desperation plan.”
[Raidertake] : While Art Shell hasn’t prowled a sideline lately, neither had Joe Gibbs, and he seems to be writing a fine second chapter for himself in D.C. Art Shell is a presence. Art Shell is a true Raider. Art Shell can anchor this team and instill a winning attitude from the top down. Welcome back to the helm, Mr. Shell.
[Oakland Tribune]: While the Raiders might have been better off with a dynamic individual who could inject a new urgency, they hired a good man who knows, above all, how to get respect, take command and capture the ear.