Ed Driscoll


THE RAIDERS HAVE A NEW HEAD COACH. The NFL’s Oakland Raiders named Bill Callahan their new head coach Tuesday night. ESPN.com says:

In typical Raiders fashion, their big announcement was made quietly by fax and e-mail. The Raiders will introduce Callahan, a seven-year NFL assistant with no head coaching experience, during a news conference Wednesday at their Alameda training complex.

There was little suspense in the Raiders’ decision. Though the team said it conducted an extensive search for its new coach, apparently considering former Minnesota coach Dennis Green and Kansas City offensive coordinator Al Saunders, Callahan was the clear favorite to continue Gruden’s successful tenure — simply because he never left the building.

I’m sure it’s a coincidence, but that deer-in-the-headlights/mug shot photograph of Callahan on the ESPN page doesn’t bode well for replacing the maniacally intense John Gruden, or surviving a long tenure with Darth Raider Al Davis.