Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

November 8, 2006

Question: If the offense continues to struggle, what is the chance of a change in offensive coordinator since Art Shell and Tom Walsh are supposed to be good friends ? Or will Walsh and Shell be a package deal until Shell leaves? I like Shell as coach but I think we need more innovative offensive plays drawn up.
- Steven Dooley, Bloomington, Ind.

Answer: There isn’t much of a chance Art Shell would fire Tom Walsh, at least not during the season. He believes there are too many things wrong with the offense - like poor blocking, dropped passes and penalties - that make it hard to evaluate the offense. Shell and Walsh are good friends, but it’s not impossible the word could come from above (Al Davis) that Walsh has to go at season’s end. Players are frustrated with the offense and Davis is known to listen to his players.
- Jason Jones

Question: Do you think the Raiders have a good chance to have a better record than last year's team now that they won two games?
- Baldomero Gutierrez, Sacramento

Answer: Sure, if the defense and special teams can produce points. If not, the Raiders could lose a lot of games the rest of the season the same way they lost on Monday night. The offense is so bad right now, the opposition knows a 7-0 lead is tough for the Raiders’ offense to overcome. But until the offense is more consistent, getting the three wins to surpass the 2005 win total won’t be easy.
- Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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