Raiders coaching search begins anew

The biggest mistake in Al Davis' career wasn't such a big mistake. As first reported by ESPN.com, Art Shell will no longer be the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

The Oakland Raiders issued the following statement on Thursday:

"Al Davis and Art Shell met today and discussed the 2006 football season," the statement said. "While Art will no longer serve as head coach, he and Mr. Davis have discussed and will continue to discuss opportunities for Art to remain a valued member of the Raider organization."

Shell guided the Raiders to their worst record in franchise history in 2006, a 2-14 skidmark. The team regressed offensively and found no running game, despite Shell's claims to emphasize a power football team.

The team also suffered through sporadic play along the offensive line and at quarterback, scoring 168 points over the full season.

Shell also feuded publicly with Jerry Porter and seemed at odds with Randy Moss. He also called out Michael Lombardi, the de facto general manager, and claimed that Lombardi was working feverishly to oust him.

It seems, if the claims were true, that Lombardi succeeded.

The team will now look at a host of candidates, including defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

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