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Sat, 24 Feb 2007 07:02:09 -0800
Phil Barber, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Tom Walsh, as well as assistant offensive line coach Irv Eatman and assistant defensive backs and special teams coach Lorenzo Ward may file a grievance against the team for money owed for the 2007 season. All three coaches are under contract for 2007 and expect to be paid by the team. The grievance would indicate either that the team is contending the money owed, or that it has placed additional demands upon them. NFL Coaches Association staff director Larry Kennan confirmed Thursday, Feb. 22, that his organization has initiated paperwork to bring grievances on behalf of the assistant coaches. If a grievance is filed, the matter will go to an arbitrator appointed by league commissioner Roger Goodell.
Wed, 31 Jan 2007 07:01:34 -0800
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Tom Walsh will not be retained as part of head coach Lane Kiffin's staff, according to a source. Walsh could be reassigned within the organization, possibly as a scout.
Fri, 29 Dec 2006 08:32:53 -0800
Bill Soliday, of MediaNews, reports Oakland Raiders RB LaMont Jordan would like new offensive coordinator John Shoop to remain with the team in the same capacity next season. Jordan feels Shoop serves as a better communicator than his predecessor Tom Walsh and puts players in the best position to make plays. "I know that Shoop has the guts to try new things,'' Jordan said. "I think Shoop is the type of coach where if you go to him (and) say, `Hey, I can do this, put me in a position to do this,' Shoop is the type of coach who's going to say, `Hey, you asked for it, there you go. Make it work.' As a player, you want a coach like that. You don't want a coach where you don't feel like you can talk to him. You don't want a coach where as a player you really have no input. I feel like that's how things were at the beginning of the season.''
Tue, 28 Nov 2006 12:42:44 -0800
Jerry McDonald, of ANG newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders OC Tom Walsh has been stripped of his duties as the team's offensive coordinator and will be reassigned to a different position on the coaching staff. Walsh will be replaced by AC John Shoop, who was the team's tight ends coach before the promotion and was the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2001-2003.
Mon, 13 Nov 2006 18:49:37 -0800
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell took issue with QB Andrew Walter's criticisms of the team's offense. Shell is considering a switch back to QB Aaron Brooks as the starting quarterback. Walter said there was not enough "depth" in offensive coordinator Tom Walsh's playbook, the offense was too predictable and the team needs to utilize more quick-developing plays than five- and seven-step drops. Shell said, "You have to be accountable for what you do. To start making statements about what's in and what's not in, then you need to take a hard look at what's there. Obviously, I don't want to get into a contest with a young man but for him to come out and say those things, (that's) totally off-base as far as I'm concerned."
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 07:49:39 -0800
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports Oakland Raiders RB LaMont Jordan feels offensive coordinator Tom Walsh must take some of the blame for the team's dismal offensive performance this season. The Raiders rank last in the league in points and yards per game. "We need to open things up," Jordan said. "We need to figure out what we're going to commit ourselves to. As players, we need to step up. But people always say schemes don't make that much difference. Schemes do make a difference."
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 22:35:00 -0800
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell is still pleased with offensive coordinator Tom Walsh despite the team ranking last in the league in total and passing yards per game. They are also ranked 31st out of 32 in points per game.
Sat, 07 Oct 2006 08:48:31 -0700
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports former Oakland Raiders WR Tim Brown says Raiders tight ends coach John Shoop may become more involved in play-calling with the team struggling to move the ball under offensive coordinator Tom Walsh. According to Brown, Shoop would instill a similar style of offense to that of former head coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Callahan. "I hear they're trying to make some changes, trying to go back to a couple of things that (Bill) Callahan and (Jon) Gruden were doing, but they have to do them in a very subtle way," Brown said in a local radio interview Friday, Oct. 6. "They have a young guy on that team, I can't think of his name right now…he's a quarterbacks coach who was with Gruden in Tampa and called plays in Chicago for awhile." Head coach Art Shell says Brown's claims are false. "I don't know where all this information is coming from, I really don't," Shell said. "There's no truth to that."
Fri, 06 Oct 2006 20:56:44 -0700
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell believes offensive coordinator Tom Walsh's system is sound and the team's offense will improve. The Raiders are currently last in the league in average yards per game and have only scored 27 points in three games. Shell said, "I don't feel I have to defend anything. We're going to do what we think is best. This offense is not so much different from a lot of offenses in this league. But when you lose, you don't win the games, people have a tendency to pick on you, and I understand that. That goes with the territory. But when we start winning, and we will, then the tone will change. And you'll wonder why we'll be doing a lot of the same things we've been doing. This system isn't so much different than a lot of other systems. I don't know where all that comes from."
Fri, 06 Oct 2006 07:52:35 -0700
Bill Soliday, of MediaNews, reports Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell does not place the blame on offensive coordinator Tom Walsh for the team's struggles on offense so far this season. "I don't feel I have to defend anything,'' Shell said. "We're going to do what we think is best. This offense is not so much different from a lot of offenses in this league. But when you lose, people have a tendency to pick on you. That goes with the territory. But when we start winning - and we will - then the tone will change. And you'll wonder why, (since) we'll be doing a lot of the same things we've been doing." Oakland ranks last in the NFL in total offense.
Thu, 28 Sep 2006 20:30:43 -0700
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports former Oakland Raiders WR Tim Brown commented on the offense being run by Raiders offensive coordinator Tom Walsh. Brown said, "You just can't run that offense in the NFL anymore. They're calling timeouts, spending most of their timeouts before 10 minutes is up in the second quarter. They're getting delay penalties, getting to the line of scrimmage late, because those plays are 20 words long. I know that it was a horrible offense way back when. We just had to make plays and make things happen way back when. Being that the 40-second clock has come into play, and a lot of other rules have come into play since he was (last) in the league, I knew that would be a tough adjustment for him. Even zone blitzes and things of that nature. That makes that offense very tough. It was very one-dimensional, trying to audible was very difficult." WR Jerry Porter was critical of the team's offense during the offseason. Porter was quoted as saying, "I wanted [Detroit Lions offensive coordinator] Mike Martz as my coach and a real offense that's proven in today's NFL. Not something dusted off from a bed and breakfast in God knows where."
Mon, 31 Jul 2006 14:39:42 -0700
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, returning to the NFL after an 11-year hiatus, has assured his critics that coaching football is still in him. "I could be mayor, on the governor's board for tourism council in Idaho or whatever, that doesn't mean that my brain was erased," Walsh said. "If you're out there bucking hay, you're still going to think about (football)." Walsh left his job as mayor of Swan Valley, Idaho, to rejoin the Raiders this season.
Fri, 28 Jul 2006 22:32:50 -0700
Jerry MacDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders WR Jerry Porter, while at a charity basketball event July 7, was quoted as saying he was frustrated with new offensive coordinator Tom Walsh's system. "I'm furious," Porter said. "They might as well trade me. I wanted Mike Martz as my coach and a real offense that's proven in today's NFL. Not something dusted off from a bed and breakfast in God knows where."
Sat, 08 Apr 2006 19:47:32 -0700
Jim Jenkins, of the Sacramento Bee, reports Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell defended his decision to hire offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, who was operating a bed and breakfast and serving as mayor of Swan Valley, Idaho, when Shell picked him. Shell said, "He hasn't been involved in the NFL, but he's been involved in football. He's a great football mind. He's a smart guy. He knows what I want. He knows how I want to do things. He knows the system I like to run. We've been talking two or three years now about football. I told him, 'If I ever got back into this thing, I want you to come with me.'"
Thu, 23 Feb 2006 05:54:46 -0800
Jerry McDonald, of the Oakland Tribune, reports the Oakland Raiders have hired Tom Walsh as their new offensive coordinator. Other than a brief stint coaching minor league football in 1999, Walsh hasn't coached full time since resigning under pressure as head coach at Idaho State after two seasons and a 6-16 record.
Tue, 14 Feb 2006 06:30:36 -0800
Steve Corkran, of the Contra Costa Times, reports the Oakland Raiders are expected to name Tom Walsh offensive coordinator as soon as Tuesday, Feb. 14. Walsh coached with the Raiders during their entire stay in Los Angeles from 1982-94. He got fired along with head coach Art Shell after the 1994 season. The imminent move also sends a strong signal that Shell has autonomy to decide who he wants to fill the vacant positions on his staff. Walsh coached alongside Shell from 1983-89 and under Shell from the time Shell replaced Mike Shanahan as coach four games into the '89 season. Walsh handled several duties during his initial stint with the Raiders - quarterbacks, receivers and offensive coordinator.