Shell to return to Raiders as head coach

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http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2326498

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.
 
Sorry, I forgot about the news links right on the front page...so this all begs the question, who's the staff gonna be?

Since we couldn't get Whisenhunt from Pittsburgh, can we pry their QB coach to be our OC? Mark Whipple is his name. I have heard reports of John Shoop, but there's rumors he maybe moving else where.

O-line coach...since we are trying to go all Raiders here, can we convince Lincoln Kennedy?
 
I've heard rumors of Stoop or tom Walsh as offenive coordinator.

I'm tired of tying to read Al's mind. I'll just sit and wait and when Al is ready to give us the details he will.

Long live the Art Shell era.
 
Rupert said:
Who the hell is Tom Walsh?
Apparently he coached for the Radiers ion the 80's. It's just not ringing a bell. That's not cool. :confused:

Maybe Angry Pope can find something for us on Mr. Walsh. I'm also confused between the differnce of "Tom" Walsh and 'Tim" Walsh. :eek:
 
Crow said:
Sadness becomes me.
At least some of us are excited about Art being the HC.

As I recall, none of us were excited about Norv Turner.

Big difference.

Get on board bro...no sense torturing yourself.

Long Live the Art Shell Era.
 
Die, Al. Just die.
 
Supposedly, this is the guy...take it for what it is worth...


Playoffs show new QB wave lapping at NFL


January 7, 2003

When I want to know about a quarterback, I have this question I like to ask:

"Would Sid Gillman like him?"

Sid, may he rest in peace, had very definite ideas about what quarterbacks should look like and what they should have for breakfast and how they should brush their teeth. What I'm saying is that there wasn't anything about quarterbacks and quarterbacking that Gillman did not consider of monumental importance.

"He had such a dynamic impact on the NFL and how the game is played," Tom Walsh was saying. Walsh talks pretty well, being that he does it for a living as a football analyst for the Westwood One broadcasting network. He also knows something about quarterbacking, having served the Raiders as their quarterbacks coach from 1988-1994. When Gillman was acting as the athletic director at what then was U.S. International University, he chose Walsh as the school's head football coach, which says something about Walsh.

Anyhow, we were talking and I mentioned how the NFL playoffs are supposed to represent such a searing experience for quarterbacks who have not been exposed to them. In the weekend just past, I said, Chad Pennington, Michael Vick, Tommy Maddox and Kelly Holcomb, all parties to the eliminations for the first time, had not only not been consumed but had positively thrived.

For a reason, according to Walsh. "You're seeing the new wave of quarterbacks," he said. For too long, he noted, the NFL had a void in this area. There just weren't quarterbacks coming along in the image of Joe Montana, John Elway, Dan Marino and Steve Young, all of whom had retired.

Now there is, according to Walsh, and they are making the playoffs their theater. "The crossing of the threshold," in Walsh's words.

How, I wondered, would Gillman have felt about Pennington, who to me looks as if he might be Jan Stenerud's little brother. Very Nordic. Very much of a winner, too, as the New York Jets have been since they took the football from Vinny Testaverde and handed it to the third-year player from Marshall.

"I love him," said Walsh, "and Sid would love him. Great ball mechanics. He throws an assortment of passes with varied trajectories and velocity. It's like an artist's brush on a canvas. He does the same thing when he throws the football. He has touch."

Passes should be propelled, in Walsh's thinking, as if they were coming out of a well and going into another well. "Or out of a chimney into a chimney," said Walsh. Point to point, and the points are not large ones. Pennington is able to put them in the preferred places.

"I just think he has an uncommon sense and a feel that just comes along once in years," judged Walsh. "And he has a total grasp of the game."

Consider Vick, I invited. "Phenomenal tools, tremendous skills," said Walsh. "Great improvisational skills. His feet are able to buy him additional time."

On one of his impromptu flights, Vick this season dodged about for 16 seconds, Walsh said, and the Atlanta quarterback often has eluded capture for nine or 10 seconds.

"He takes away the rush," said Walsh. "Defenses are so afraid of him that they go to four-man lines and in order not to leave any lanes have the defenders 'bull-rush' (attacking the man in front of them). That way, no one gets any penetration."

Vick's presence also plays on the minds of rival pass defenders, Walsh believes. "It's hard to feel secure," he said. "This guy can escape from a phone booth."

Walsh recognized that Vick has profited from Dan Reeves having torn a number of pages from his playbook in order to simplify matters for his young quarterback. In Philadelphia on Saturday, Vick is going to be opposing an Eagles defense that won't be as fragile against the run as was the Green Bay defense last week in Lambeau Field. Andy Reid's defensive coordinator is Jim Johnson, an innovative individual who can be expected to introduce some exotic alignments meant to confound Vick.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Maddox and the Cleveland Browns' Holcomb have been around. Maddox is 31, Holmcomb 29. "But not every player reaches a level of excellence at the same time," argued Walsh, sounding like the former Raiders coaching lieutenant that he is.

To support this point, Walsh pointed to the Raiders' Rich Gannon, out of football in 1994, the NFL's MVP in 2002. Gannon is 37.

"Some quarterbacks make it at 24, some at 28-29, some at 32," said Walsh. "They mature as players."

When Maddox left UCLA before what would have been his junior season, he was leaving too early, in Walsh's belief.

"This is a game that requires repetitions," said Walsh. "Maddox excluded about 4,000 snaps when he left early. But it's a testimony to his strength and conviction that he has stayed with it."

He certainly stayed with it when he escorted the Steelers to their come-from-behind 36-33 conquest of the Browns. Holcomb threw for 429 yards in that game, Maddox for 367.

"I thought he played well," Walsh said of Holcomb. "He made the intermediate throws, and he made the deep throws. And he had just enough mobility."

For Holcomb, this was only his fourth NFL start; he had been sitting at the feet of the Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning before the Browns acquired him. With the Browns, Holcomb played behind starter Tim Couch.

Holcomb did not attempt to be another Manning against Pittsburgh, which Walsh appreciated. He brought up the New Orleans Saints' Aaron Brooks.

"The guy's a physical talent," said Walsh, "but he tries to be like a Brett Favre Jr., and it's killing him."

Walsh does not include the San Francisco 49ers' Jeff Garcia among the quarterbacks he believes are arriving. "He started his move up a couple of years ago," said Walsh of the former Canadian Leaguer.

The members of the Pennington-Vick-Maddox-Holcomb group are the ones who excite Walsh. "They're the next cycle," he contended. "They're going to become mainstays in the NFL."
 
If it is him...he had a tape out....

COACHING EFFECTIVE OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD PLAY


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JIM WINKLER - UNIV. OF REDLANDS: 2 Tape Series

TOM WALSH - LA RAIDERS: Offensive Line & Offensive Backs Pass Protection Schemes and Blitz Pick - Up

BILL WILLIAMS - FCPGA: Wide Receiver & Running Back Drills - Part 2
 
A little more..just in case it is him...

Walsh was an assistant with the Los Angeles Raiders for 14 seasons before departing in 1995. He started as receivers coach with the Raiders in 1982 and became offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach five years later.
 
It appears he did some OC with us.....take it for what it is worth...

AFC Championship: Steelers at Broncos

January 16, 2006

When/TV: Noon Sunday / Ch. 8

Where: Invesco Field in Denver

Caliente line: Broncos by 3½

Series: Denver leads regular season 11-6-1 and playoffs 3-2.

Analysis: Running and being able to stop the run are paramount elements in every NFL game. Playoff games generally being waged more conservatively than regular-season games, these factors are multiplied in importance. No team stresses them in the degree of the Steelers.


"They're not afraid to 'man up,' " said Tom Walsh, who for 13 seasons coached the receivers and quarterbacks of the Raiders and finally served as the team's offensive coordinator. "It becomes a matter of physical skills and not so much glitter and gadgets and all that kind of stuff." To Walsh, most NFL teams talk about toughness. The Steelers do more than merely talk about it. "Put it this way," Walsh said. "If you score with a 65-yard bomb over the top of a defense, it does not have as much of a demoralizing effect as if you have a 12-or 14-play drive. You're beating everybody up. You're making it physical. You're beating more than an individual; you're beating the front seven. It's trench warfare, so to speak."

The Broncos, it should be noted, themselves dote on a running game based on the thrusts of Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell, and they have defended the run strongly. They have allowed only three 100-yard rushing games this season. New England managed just 79 yards rushing (with a 3.7 average) while Denver was eliminating the defending Super Bowl champions on Saturday 27-13. The Anderson-Bell amalgam, however, doesn't compare with the Steelers' combination of Willie Parker-Jerome Bettis. It behooves the hosts to start strongly; the Steelers are not styled to make up major deficits.

– JERRY MAGEE
 
Art Shell...1989...

1989 Los Angeles Raiders

Record: 8 - 8 - 0
Head Coaches: Mike Shanahan (1-3-0), Art Shell (7-5-0)

Points scored: 315 (#18 of 28 in the NFL)
Points allowed: 297 (#10 of 28 in the NFL)



Game-by-game results

+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| Week | Opponent | Result | Score |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| 1 | San Diego Chargers | W | 40-14 |
| 2 | at Kansas City Chiefs | L | 19-24 |
| 3 | at Denver Broncos | L | 21-31 |
| 4 | Seattle Seahawks | L | 20-24 |
| 5 | at New York Jets | W | 14- 7 |
| 6 | Kansas City Chiefs | W | 20-14 |
| 7 | at Philadelphia Eagles | L | 7-10 |
| 8 | Washington Redskins | W | 37-24 |
| 9 | Cincinnati Bengals | W | 28- 7 |
| 10 | at San Diego Chargers | L | 12-14 |
| 11 | at Houston Oilers | L | 7-23 |
| 12 | New England Patriots | W | 24-21 |
| 13 | Denver Broncos | W | 16-13 |
| 14 | Phoenix Cardinals | W | 16-14 |
| 15 | at Seattle Seahawks | L | 17-23 |
| 16 | at New York Giants | L | 17-34 |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
 
1990 Los Angeles Raiders

Record: 12 - 4 - 0
Head Coach: Art Shell

Points scored: 337 (#13 of 28 in the NFL)
Points allowed: 268 (#7 of 28 in the NFL)


Game-by-game results

+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| Week | Opponent | Result | Score |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| 1 | Denver Broncos | W | 14- 9 |
| 2 | at Seattle Seahawks | W | 17-13 |
| 3 | Pittsburgh Steelers | W | 20- 3 |
| 4 | Chicago Bears | W | 24-10 |
| 5 | at Buffalo Bills | L | 24-38 |
| 6 | Seattle Seahawks | W | 24-17 |
| 7 | at San Diego Chargers | W | 24- 9 |
| 8 | |
| 9 | at Kansas City Chiefs | L | 7- 9 |
| 10 | Green Bay Packers | L | 16-29 |
| 11 | at Miami Dolphins | W | 13-10 |
| 12 | Kansas City Chiefs | L | 24-27 |
| 13 | at Denver Broncos | W | 23-20 |
| 14 | at Detroit Lions | W | 38-31 |
| 15 | Cincinnati Bengals | W | 24- 7 |
| 16 | at Minnesota Vikings | W | 28-24 |
| 17 | San Diego Chargers | W | 17-12 |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+


Postseason

AFC Divisional Playoff: won 20 - 10 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
AFC Championship Game: lost 3 - 51 at Buffalo Bills
 
1991 Los Angeles Raiders

Record: 9 - 7 - 0
Head Coach: Art Shell

Points scored: 298 (#15 of 28 in the NFL)
Points allowed: 297 (#13 of 28 in the NFL)



Game-by-game results

+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| Week | Opponent | Result | Score |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| 1 | at Houston Oilers | L | 17-47 |
| 2 | Denver Broncos | W | 16-13 |
| 3 | Indianapolis Colts | W | 16- 0 |
| 4 | at Atlanta Falcons | L | 17-21 |
| 5 | San Francisco 49ers | W | 12- 6 |
| 6 | San Diego Chargers | L | 13-21 |
| 7 | at Seattle Seahawks | W | 23-20 |
| 8 | Los Angeles Rams | W | 20-17 |
| 9 | at Kansas City Chiefs | L | 21-24 |
| 10 | |
| 11 | at Denver Broncos | W | 17-16 |
| 12 | Seattle Seahawks | W | 31- 7 |
| 13 | at Cincinnati Bengals | W | 38-14 |
| 14 | at San Diego Chargers | W | 9- 7 |
| 15 | Buffalo Bills | L | 27-30 |
| 16 | at New Orleans Saints | L | 0-27 |
| 17 | Kansas City Chiefs | L | 21-27 |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+


Postseason

AFC Wildcard Game: lost 6 - 10 at Kansas City Chiefs
 
1992 Los Angeles Raiders

Record: 7 - 9 - 0
Head Coach: Art Shell

Points scored: 249 (#23 of 28 in the NFL)
Points allowed: 281 (#11 of 28 in the NFL)


Game-by-game results

+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| Week | Opponent | Result | Score |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| 1 | at Denver Broncos | L | 13-17 |
| 2 | at Cincinnati Bengals | L | 21-24 |
| 3 | Cleveland Browns | L | 16-28 |
| 4 | at Kansas City Chiefs | L | 7-27 |
| 5 | New York Giants | W | 13-10 |
| 6 | Buffalo Bills | W | 20- 3 |
| 7 | at Seattle Seahawks | W | 19- 0 |
| 8 | Dallas Cowboys | L | 13-28 |
| 9 | |
| 10 | at Philadelphia Eagles | L | 10-31 |
| 11 | Seattle Seahawks | W | 20- 3 |
| 12 | Denver Broncos | W | 24- 0 |
| 13 | at San Diego Chargers | L | 3-27 |
| 14 | Kansas City Chiefs | W | 28- 7 |
| 15 | at Miami Dolphins | L | 7-20 |
| 16 | San Diego Chargers | L | 14-36 |
| 17 | at Washington Redskins | W | 21-20 |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------
 
1993 Los Angeles Raiders

Record: 10 - 6 - 0
Head Coach: Art Shell

Points scored: 306 (#14 of 28 in the NFL)
Points allowed: 326 (#21 of 28 in the NFL)



Game-by-game results

+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| Week | Opponent | Result | Score |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+
| 1 | Minnesota Vikings | W | 24- 7 |
| 2 | at Seattle Seahawks | W | 17-13 |
| 3 | Cleveland Browns | L | 16-19 |
| 4 | |
| 5 | at Kansas City Chiefs | L | 9-24 |
| 6 | New York Jets | W | 24-20 |
| 7 | at Denver Broncos | W | 23-20 |
| 8 | |
| 9 | San Diego Chargers | L | 23-30 |
| 10 | at Chicago Bears | W | 16-14 |
| 11 | Kansas City Chiefs | L | 20-31 |
| 12 | at San Diego Chargers | W | 12- 7 |
| 13 | at Cincinnati Bengals | L | 10-16 |
| 14 | at Buffalo Bills | W | 25-24 |
| 15 | Seattle Seahawks | W | 27-23 |
| 16 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | W | 27-20 |
| 17 | at Green Bay Packers | L | 0-28 |
| 18 | Denver Broncos | W | 33-30 |
+--------+-------------------------------+----------+---------+


Postseason

AFC Wildcard Game: won 42 - 24 vs. Denver Broncos
AFC Divisional Playoff: lost 23 - 29 at Buffalo Bills
 
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