Report: Shell out after one season as Raiders coach


This stint wasn’t nearly as successful.

Jerry Porter, the team’s leading receiver in 2005, clashed with Shell’s coaching staff over offseason workout plans and publicly demanded a trade on the first day of training camp.

That ultimately led to Porter being benched and later suspended, leading some players to question whether the feud was damaging the team.

Those questions only grew louder as Oakland lost its first five games, sparking talk of a possible winless season.

Consecutive home wins in late October against Arizona and defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh provided a brief respite, but Oakland lost its final nine games.

While the defense under coordinator Rob Ryan was a bright spot for the team, the offense was by far the worst in the NFL. Ryan is expected to be a candidate to replace Shell.

Shell hired his old friend Tom Walsh as coordinator even though Walsh had been out of the NFL since 1994 and most recently had been running a bed and breakfast in Idaho.

Walsh’s background and the team’s poor performance made the Raiders a laughingstock around the league. They failed to score an offensive touchdown in eight games, including all four national television appearances in prime time.

Shell demoted Walsh late in the season but the team did not fare any better under John Shoop and finished last in the league with 168 points – the fifth-lowest total in a 16-game season. The team also allowed a league-worst 72 sacks.

Shell was unable to generate much at all from big-play receiver Randy Moss, another player who criticized the staff. Moss complained about being worked too hard, said things were “fishy” and speculated that he might be better off on another team.

The Raiders have struggled mightily since returning from Los Angeles following the 1994 season. They have had just three winning seasons in that time, including the final two seasons under Jon Gruden and Bill Callahan’s trip to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season.

Callahan was fired after going 4-12 the next season and replaced by Turner, who was just 9-23 in his two seasons.

The Raiders finished in last place in the AFC West for four straight years and their struggles have been most evident against division rivals. Oakland is winless in the division the past two seasons, losing 14 straight and 22 of 24 games to San Diego, Denver and Kansas City.

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