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Art Shell Out at End of the Season

Fred T. Jane

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OK, here's the spiel.

Adam Scheffler, a reporter for the NFL Network, broke a story today that, according to a high-ranking official in the Oakland Raiders, stated that coach Art Shell was to be fired at the end of the season. Of course, the bastion of rational thought that is the Oakland Raiders responded to the report...


Raiders deny report that Shell will be fired

By Bill Soliday


The Raiders responded angrily to an NFL Network report Thursday that owner Al Davis will fire Art Shell as coach at the end of the year.

The report, by NFL Network's Adam Schefter, cited a club source as saying Davis was displeased with several aspects of the job Shell has done.

It cited his handling of receivers Randy Moss and Jerry Porter, the team's offense and quarterback situation and that Shell and his staff "have lacked inspired leadership" during the club's 2-12 season.

The Raiders promptly denied the firing allegations.

"Adam Schefter has always been a false rumor mongerer with respect to the Raiders and (is) anti-Raider biased (Had to fix a typo. Come on CC Times, proofread before publishing, mmkay?) upon his relationship with Denver and with Mike Shanahan," they said in a statement.

Before joining NFL Network, Schefter covered the Broncos for the MediaNews-owned Denver Post.

The Raiders' response went on to say that "no decisions have been made relative to the 2007 Oakland Raiders nor will they be made for some time. Schefter could not have gotten his information from a 'reliable source' because there's only one reliable source, and he doesn't trust Adam."

The reference to the "one reliable source" is to Davis. In his report, Schefter used the words "high-ranking official," rather than "reliable source."

At the conclusion of his report during the pregame show before the Vikings-Packers game Thursday, Schefter said, "Now Al Davis has been known to change his mind and could again. But as it stands now, Shell is expected to be let go."

Saturday's Raiders game against Kansas City will be telecast by the NFL Network. It also will be shown on KPIX, Channel 5.

So yeah, he's anti-Raiders because he was a reporter for the Denver Post. Apart from that, the winning line is definitely the fact that he is a "false rumor mongerer" (sic!). I for one hope to never be branded with such a, er, well, mean-spirited term. ^_^

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