Art Shell didn't really do too badly in his first stint with the Raiders as a head coach. He was 54-38 from 1989-1994 with three playoff appearances, including an AFC Championship game.
But things started to get a little ugly during the 1994 season.
Okay, a lot ugly.
Tom Walsh was the offensive coordinator at the time and his offense was from the 1960s. I remember when Ron Jaworski, one of the best NFL analysts ever, used to comment on how badly the offense was designed on ESPN's Monday Night Matchup.
Jaworski said, "There's nothing wrong with the vertical offense. It's not that you can't go deep anymore but you need to have options underneath if the deep ball isn't there. Otherwise, your quarterback won't last."
Walsh didn't get the memo and it all came to a head in a Oct. 16, 1994 game against the Miami Dolphins. Going into the game word out of Raider Nation was that quarterback Jeff Hostetler and receiver Tim Brown weren't even speaking to Walsh.
After the Raider offense struggled due to the Dolphin blitz, Hostetler gave Shell a piece of his mind. Things would then escalate into a full-on shouting match that was caught on camera.
Shell then pulled Hostetler in favor of Vince Evans, who got off of his rocker to play that season. The decision to change the quarterback instead of the calls caused things to get worse on offense.
Shell ended up going back to Hostetler, but it was too little, to late.
The Dolphins won the game 20-17 in overtime.
Why was it top 10?
It was only one game, but Shell was fired that year, and I believe that to be the reason he was fired.
Why wasn't it higher?
Shell and Walsh did ruin a good quarterback that won a Super Bowl, but it wasn't that one game.