***It's Official***Art Shell named Raiders Head Coach!!!!!

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Shell to return to Raiders as head coach
By John Clayton
ESPN.com

After considering outsiders such as Ken Whisenhunt, Bobby Petrino and Mike Martz, the Raiders went with one of their own and hired Art Shell as their new coach.

Shell will be announced Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET as the new coach of the Raiders. He replaces Norv Turner, who was fired after two seasons and went to the 49ers as offensive coordinator.

In hiring Shell, Raiders boss Al Davis was able to correct a move he said was a mistake more than a decade ago. Davis fired Shell after the 1994 season. Shell, who was 56-41 as the Raiders head coach from 1988 to 1994, will get a chance to right that wrong.

Shell was working for the NFL when he was called by Davis last week to interview for the job. Shell flew to Oakland and interviewed last Thursday. Once Whisenhunt, the Steelers offensive coordinator, decided to stay with the Steelers and informed the Raiders of his intentions Thursday, Davis put in a call to Shell.

Shell, who was in Tampa, Fla., working for the league, got on a flight as soon as possible and made it to the Raiders' offices Friday.

After meeting with Davis most of Friday afternoon, he was offered the job and his agent worked out the contract Friday evening.

Other than Jon Gruden, Shell was the last head coach of the Raiders to have a winning record. Mike White, Joe Bugel, Bill Callahan and Turner followed Shell and failed to produce a winning record.

In the end, Davis kept it in the family and hired Shell.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2326498
 
Good luck to Art Shell.

A Raider through and through.

I hope Big Art can get this proud franchise back to the top of the NFL.
 
Plunkett16 said:
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sorry but i don't think it is gonna happen period.
Think positive.

Art Shell is no Norv Turner. I think he'll turn around the attitude in the locker room. Art Shell is a real Raider. We have none of those on this roster. He can carry the torch. You'll see.
 
I tell ya what. That is a great hire. I think Art will do a fine job as long as Al lets him do his job. Art did a pretty good job in his first stint. That was pretty clear because Al wouldn't have hire him back or make a statement that he regrette firing Al.

I am very happy for Art. He should be a head coach. It's a joke that he hasn't been coaching since he got fired by Al. I know he was an OL coach for KC and Atlanta, but he should have been a head coach for some team based on what he did with the Raiders. I am not sure why some team hasn't hire him back then. It's unfortunate. I am just glad he is back and I hope he does a great job in his second trip.
 
Well I hope Art does well and I think he will. I'm tired of whining so I'm just going to support the big guy and wait to see how next season plays out. Nobody can stink up a joint like Norv Turner. Art expects a higher standard from his football team. Art does not like getting pushed around in his own backyard either, at least Art will not have a attitude like "golly gee darnit" Norv had. Good luck to the big man.
 
This is a great hire. Why?
  • Art has worked under Al before with very good results.
  • Like Flores and Madden, he knows how to work in the "meddling" framework.
  • He obviously doesn't have so great an ego that he cannot handle the old man putting in his $3.50 (compared to other owners' 2 cents).
  • He meshes incredibly well with Al's preferred method of roster building (vets and free spirits). When Shanahan's discipline alienated the entire team, Art came along and made them instant winners, let me repeat that instant winners.
One thing has become painfully obvious. Al Davis acquires players with a particular purpose in mind. During the Gruden era, it was obvious that Gruden and Al we on the same page. Rookies came along slowly, vets where everywhere. Turner got Moss and Jordan, and the offense didn't improve, it got worse. At that point it should have been obvious Turner was through.

I really expect instant results from Art. I say we immediately improve to 9-7 next season and are at least 3-3 in the division.
 
Rupert, art was al laStg chance on getting hc. no one wants to work with al davis. until he is retired from raiders organization, we willn ever see quality coach again.

shell may be answer but i am not holding my breath.. til i see results on the field i am not gonna be happy about this signing.
 
Rupert--- Tom Walsh was Art's QB coach when Shell had his first go around.

Also apparently Tom Waslh was under consideration for the HC job before Al decided on the Rat and then subsequently Art Shell later on. That's all I know about the guy!
 
Rep! Rep! Rep!

Rupert said:
This is a great hire. Why?
  • Art has worked under Al before with very good results.
  • Like Flores and Madden, he knows how to work in the "meddling" framework.
  • He obviously doesn't have so great an ego that he cannot handle the old man putting in his $3.50 (compared to other owners' 2 cents).
  • He meshes incredibly well with Al's preferred method of roster building (vets and free spirits). When Shanahan's discipline alienated the entire team, Art came along and made them instant winners, let me repeat that instant winners.
One thing has become painfully obvious. Al Davis acquires players with a particular purpose in mind. During the Gruden era, it was obvious that Gruden and Al we on the same page. Rookies came along slowly, vets where everywhere. Turner got Moss and Jordan, and the offense didn't improve, it got worse. At that point it should have been obvious Turner was through.

I really expect instant results from Art. I say we immediately improve to 9-7 next season and are at least 3-3 in the division.
Great post Rup.

I agree with you 100%.

REP!!!!!
 
Thank you sir. I sure as hell hope I'm right. :D
 
I like the hire. Art Shell will command respect from the players and that is the biggest issue with an HC, particulary in Oakalnd.

I'm looking foward to it....
 
Long Live the Art Shell Era!!!

RaiderIVlife said:
I like the hire. Art Shell will command respect from the players and that is the biggest issue with an HC, particulary in Oakalnd.

I'm looking foward to it....
Ironic that you chose that avatar. Ironic that I made it! :eek:

I'm feeling like Raider football is BACK. I love Art Shell and I hope he makes his mark and shuts up all the talking heads. That would be sweet.

Al seemed especially pissed today at the PC. He wants to win bad. It was amazing that he called out all the reporters and named the names of the "hot" coaching prospects of the last 3 years and where they are today. And he even threw Cowher and the Steelers under the bus...i.e. ``...Cowher has been there 15 years and hasn't won anything until Super Bowl XL".

All in all a good day for the Raider Nation. Art is coming back home and he seems determinded to finish what he setarted. I sure hope so. I'm on board 100% Win, Lose or Draw!
 
What I thought was interesting about the PC was the comment about Cowher. He said that Cowher hadn't won anything until this Super Bowl, but all of a sudden, before the Super Bowl, everyone is talking about the consistency of his coaching career. He also mentioned Madden being a HOF inductee, and compared Madden to Flores to Shell.

I think he was making the case that all 4 of those coaches brought the same qualities to the coaching position, consistency of winning. And he was making the additional case that the press was as fickle as a feather in the wind. He pointed out all their erroneous speculation as to Raiders coaches, and all their misguided "great" candidates who later flopped.

His unspoken premise, which might or might not have been lost on the press, was that he knows what it takes to make a solid head coach, and that no matter whether you're an NFL owner or an NFL beat writer, mistakes can be made because it is such a difficult game. The connection was all the mistakes the press had made, and how frequently they made them. But if you compared Al's record to theirs, he has a longer track record of successes than failures, and he made fewer mistakes than they did.

I saw Al steadily calling the press out and contrasting his record of success against their record of failure. Sure he glossed over his own failures and didn't point out their successes, but part of the message was that anyone can throw anything against the wall and occassionally have something stick. It takes a lot more to get success out of an NFL head coach. He even gave examples of how two very successful coaches (Shanahan and Gruden) had to come back more than once before they convinced him they were ready. And though he didn't make the connection, Shoop, Lofton, Whisenhunt, Saunders, and Martz were in the not ready for prime-time category. Even though the press thought three of them were.
 
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Well.....bring on the season already!! :p....I hate the offseason!!
 
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