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Davis kept it safe with stodgy Shell, Raiders paid price

Updated: January 5, 2007, 11:24 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Art Shell got whacked by the Raiders on Thursday, which isn't half as interesting as what Al Davis said a couple of weeks ago, when Oakland's record was only 2-12 rather than the 2-14 it eventually became.

When asked if he might need to change his own approach in order for the Raiders to stop stinking on ice, the 77-year-old Davis replied, in part, "What I say to you is: five decades, five Super Bowls, four head coaches, four different quarterbacks …

"I want to win. Obviously, ...

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