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No Excuse is Too Shallow for Al Davis to Snipe at Mike Shanahan

Dec 22, 2006 – 5:50 AM
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Gabe Stein

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Mile High Report and FanHouse's own Adam Rank have already picked up on this - but Adam Schefter, former columnist for the Denver Post, has clearly struck a nerve with Al Davis by writing on NFL.com that the Raiders...might be firing Art Shell.

Not exactly earth-shattering or confidential news given the Raiders' 2-12 record and the complete disaster that has defined every aspect of Shell's tenure this season. Well, surprise surprise, Al Davis had something to say about this report, unlike everything else involving his team, so the Raiders released this statement in response to Schefter's article:
Adam Schefter has always been a false rumor monger with respect to the Raiders and Anti-Raider bias based upon his relationship with Denver and Mike Shanahan. No decisions have been made relative to the 2007 Oakland Raiders nor will they be made for some time. Adam Schefter could not have gotten his information from a 'reliable source' because there's only one reliable source and he doesn't trust Adam.
I'm glad the Raiders really debunked this "out there" rumor by saying they haven't made a decision yet. But Davis is also using this opportunity to reaffirm a startling policy very few fans knew existed: Al Davis does not like Mike Shanahan. Woh. To quote Ricky Bobby: "That. Just. Happened!"

Hopefully for Broncos fans, Al Davis will be tempted to bring Art Shell back for another season just to spite Mike Shanahan and that 'false rumor monger' he's in cahoots with. Because Art's just done a wonderful job for the Raiders this year - and as a Broncos fan, with all the respect I have for the Oakland organization, I hope to see a lot more of the same from the Silver and Black in years to come.
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