Slater, Walsh removed


At some point after the last file which mentioned Ted Daisher still listed as the Raiders special teams coach on Raiders.com, his name was removed from the “coaching staff” link.

Also missing from earlier Tuesday were tight ends coach Tom Walsh, co-offensive line coach Jackie Slater and defensive backs/special teams coach Lorenzo Ward.

Walsh became a popular punching bag for both fans and media when put in charge of the Raiders offense after serving the last several years running a bed and breakfast inn and serving as the mayor of Swan Valley, Idaho.

Slater, a Hall of Fame left tackle, had never coached before. The Raiders offensive line surrended an NFL-high 72 sacks, _ a franchise record _ and finished 29th in rushing.

Offensive quality control coach Robert Ford is also no longer listed on the coaching roster.

Offensive coaches who remain listed on Raiders.com include wide receivers coach Fred Biletnikoff, co-offensive line coach Irv Eatman, running backs coach Skip Peete and quarterbacks coach Jim McElwain.

It is not known whether Walsh, Slater and Ward were fired or re-assigned within the organization.

Ward, a college coach at Virginia Tech before comign to the Raiders, could have found another position. Walsh, the Raiders offensive coordinator for the first 11 games before swapping positions with tight ends coach John Shoop, reportedly had another year on his contract at $500,000.

It’s possible he was offered a buyout at considerably less than that amount.

Walsh last coached in the NFL in 1994, when he was fired along with Art Shell by Davis when Mike White took over.

Shell promised Walsh he would bring him back should he ever get another job, and Davis approved the hire and even told the media at a pre-Hall of Fame press conference of Walsh’s coaching acumen.

The only new name on the coaching roster, other than head coach Lane Kiffin, is offensive coordiantor Greg Knapp.

There is still no word on whether Tom Cable has accepted the Raiders offer to become their offensive line coach.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer