Art Shell had to wait 12 years after being fired by the Raiders to land a new head coaching gig – and only Al Davis, the Radiers’s 99-year-old owner, would give him another shot. Shell should have passed. These Raiders will do nothing to lift the amiable 59-year-old’s coaching dossier. They’re as bad as the preseason prognosticators predicted, which ain’t easy.
It’s 1 a.m. back East and they’ve already rolled over to the San Diego Chargers. They trail 27-0. My sleep is too important for this. I’m out.
Before I go, let me say this: When Shell was fired in ’94, there were no other African-American head coaches in the NFL. It was years before another was hired and only after ex-commish Paul Tagliabue finally made the owners Man Up to their triffling ways. This season nearly 20 percent of the league’s Top Dogs – 6 of 32 – are black. Good thing. Art does not need that pressure this time around.