Mark Davis talks change


Raiders owner Mark Davis, accepting the Tank Younger Award on behalf of his late father Friday night, talked to the NFL Network about organizational change.

Under his father, the Raiders have been referred to as a “mom and pop” organization in a league that has become corporate. Without being specific, Davis said the Raiders are going to be more modern.

“The business part really wasn’t there. It was all football. Just win,” Davis said. “Over the years, it just grew and grew and grew, and I think the size of the league and the size of the organization and the different things you had to deal with, media and all those things, kind of dwarfed the capabilities of the organization. Instead of a clean start with the organization, there’s been a lot of plugging holes.”

Davis has entrusted the football side of the operation to Reggie McKenzie, saying, “I have the utmost confidence he can do it.”

The Tank Younger Award is presented on behalf of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity in all areas of a football organization.

“He wouldn’t have accepted this award because he hired great people for jobs, and that’s just how he felt,” Davis said. “He wasn’t doing it for awards. That’s the truth.”

Both McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen have talked about how the Raiders intend to scout and identify players, getting away from the height-weight-speed prototype that Al Davis favored and putting a heavier emphasis on film study and football skill.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Heard an interesting thing by McShay on ESPN radio this morning on RGIII.

    The concern, about the ONLY concern with him, is at the end of his throwing motion, he is overextended on his front foot, and allows him to get creamed on hits after he throws.

    Talked about a play in the Oklahoma game, where on a pass he completed for about 60 yards, he got hit by a 215 freshman LB, and his ankles ended up where his belly button was. The concern is what will happend when that is a 260 pound grown man, instead of an 18 year old.

    I watched almost all of his snaps after about the 5th game of the year, and always thought the same thing. Why is this guy, who is a legit 6’2 220 pounds, getting decleated so much. You watch Luck, Newton, even Tebow, and defenders hit them and than drag them down.

    With RGIII, these people are pulverizing him. Kudo’s to his toughness for getting up all the time, but something to watch for in his NFL career.

  • YoungAmerican

    Bears release Anthony Adams. Could be a decent low-dollar stopgap option for the d-line. Good against the run, has some ability to penetrate as well.


    Hardline Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 11:16 pm
    Man this blog has become pathetic since Corky “straightened” it out.

    Instead of colorful, original open debates we have taken to personal attacks by those who can’t type, spell or write.

    Now we have guys like Hindu, Hayes, SullivanStinx, RMRGAWBLES (trying to unsuccessfully parrot Beeechham), and the irreplaceable RaiderWeaponX.

    Time to sleep.

    Hardline, formerly AL D. Davis (and proud of it!),

    perpetrater in the past of what others call filth, hate, race baiting, which I deny.



  • Seymour Bush

    #302, that is a concern. RG III is a really good kid. Smart, funny, serious, good kid. The problem is his mechanics are not very good. Which is fine when you are playing against students and you are the superior athlete. When you are playing against professional athlete’s they may be bigger, faster and better than you are, that presents distinct problems.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Regarding mobility, I just pray Palmer doesn’t turn into Geoff George once a WCO is implemented…timing routes are so different than a “bombs away” attitude.

    And more ‘no huddle’. Palmer had that down pat after a month….soemthing even the most ardent JC man crush defenders can’t defend.


    RNS talked about the Hybrid Nation last year. Didn;t work because of the injuries across the board but looks like they’ll expand on it scheme wise.

    Patriots are one of the teams that siccessfully hybrids. Nothing new. TE and RB. WR at CB ect ect.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I am sure RGIII will work on it and fix it up.

    I get a kick out of pundits who talk about a “running” QB, and the concern of them getting hurt.

    Yet you watch Newton, Vick, Tebow, hell even Steve Young, and the only time they get hurt is in the pocket, and getting blind-sided.

    When they are running, they can brace for the hit, angle off to not get the full brunt, etc.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Robert Turbin is a big guy. Ran 4.4 if we could land him and bush walks why not get him

  • YoungAmerican

    Turbin and Ganaway are both interesting prospects if Bush walks. Really like Ganaway’s ability as a receiver out of the backfield.

  • Carl Weathers

    293.Thec Says:
    February 26th, 2012 at 10:06 am
    Raider O Says:
    February 26th, 2012 at 8:43 am
    RG3 is 6′2+, so Why is Dakota calling him a midget?


    Drew Bres is 6′0″….Midget tslk is ridiculous…
    If the guy can play height is irrelevant…


    Two words, Doug Flutie. Wade Phillips is probably still losing sleep over benching him in the playoffs fro Rob Johnson.

  • Carl Weathers

    When does free agency begin?? March 13th is it?

  • Seymour Bush

    I am sure RGIII will work on it and fix it up.

    Tell that to Jamarcus Russell, Quincy Carter or Anthony Wright. Sometimes guys can’t get those problems fixed. But then sometimes guys don’t care to work on it, which isn’t Griffins problem.

  • redshirt

    “and Mark had to defend himself with that haircut”


  • redshirt

    Thought i read somewhere that Courtlain Finnegan is an FA… can we snatch him up?

  • redshirt

    Let Bush walk… has everyone forgotten about Reece?