O, those Oakland Raiders. A team so historically shot through with internal strife that we just expect it at this point. It's ordinary.

But as of Wednesday, the Raiders' 2006 regular season strife is on some next-level Shakespearean tragedy stuff:

At a press conference yesterday, Head Coach Art Shell said that he believes there is someone inside the Raider organization who has been speaking maliciously about the franchise to the news media.

As the Tribune reported from the scene, Art "accused the dissenter of making derogatory statements to 'cronies in the news media,' about him and his staff, particularly [recently demoted former offensive coordinator Tom] Walsh."

Shell "quiver[ed] at times with anger" as he made his case.