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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.

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  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Even Bill Hicks said that Democrats were corrupted along the way. There’s a difference. The very gist of Bill’s famous sock puppet routine is mocking liberals who were put through the gantlet and made to be conservatives.

    “any questions?”

    “no. Just, what’s my agenda?”

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Republicans go into politics as conservatives. Shills for big business, racist agendas.

    Democrats go into politics to help people, wind up getting checked by power and money on the way up, and turn into corrupted moderates.

    That’s the truth.

  • Just Fire Baby

    O,

    I just don’t do the political correct stuff, and I will always support our military.

    It ain’t just some thing to argue about on a internet blog with me. It’s in my families DNA, and my wife is a VA nurse, helping all our heroes when they get home.

    I realize it is probably the same with you, with your families background in the region and all.

    So, just Raider On is all I can say, because I am sure neither one of us is going to change each others opinion.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Vegas is not a bad dude, but he is miss informed like most of us in this country. He needs to travel more, and get a different perspective on life.

  • Just Fire Baby

    My perspective will probably never change, and I have done a pretty fair amount of traveling for a 31 year old, although only in the America’s (North and South).

    At last count, I have had a drink in over 20 states.

    I think I will get close to 45 by the time my time is up.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Vegas,

    I almost joined the military, but I have a problem with authority, so it wasn’t a good fit.
    I love my country, my cousin is in the Army, my other cousin is in the Navy (I think, it’s been a long time since we talked), and most of my family members here/ there are Proud American citizens.

  • Just Fire Baby

    On that note, it has been fun, glad Sully is still keeping tabs on things.

    Off to go gamble and fuel the local economy

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    My perspective will probably never change, and I have done a pretty fair amount of traveling for a 31 year old, although only in the America’s (North and South).
    $$$$$$$$$

    Changing your perspective can help you grow as a person.

  • edward teach

    Sullivan44 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Republicans go into politics as conservatives. Shills for big business, racist agendas.

    Democrats go into politics to help people, wind up getting checked by power and money on the way up, and turn into corrupted moderates.

    ********************************************************

    I tend to agree with this, with one exception; I think it’s more about class warfare than it is a racist agenda with the Republicans. The bigger the divide between them and the poor the better they like it.

    The unfortunate thing is that people could change things if they wanted to. They just refuse to be informed.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    The unfortunate thing is that people could change things if they wanted to. They just refuse to be informed.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    People love their bubbles! It gives them a sense of safety & comfort.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Btw,
    I don’t think this system is working.
    People come here for business and education, make a lot of money, then use the knowledge and money to hurt us.
    Giving countries aid, improve their living standards, and we don’t have health or free upper level education.
    I want a gov that works for me, and has my interest as its most important priority.

    I’m done talking politics.

  • Seymour Bush

    Mark Davis talks change
    ==============================

    Change is good.

  • Seymour Bush

    Raider O Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Btw,
    I don’t think this system is working.
    =================================

    The system is clearly NOT working. Except for a very very few.

  • Seymour Bush

    The unfortunate thing is that people could change things if they wanted to. They just refuse to be informed.
    ==================================

    I don’t know if I would say most refuse to be informed, I think they get beaten down by day to day existence and tend to latch onto easy distractions such as sports or sensationalized Bullsh** news.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    yawn….

  • raiderimmortal

    My sources are telling me we are looking closely to Boise state players. Cb George iloka kid can ball Doug rb Doug Martin lil mike bush and ol potter dl McClellan and qb Moore after watching these guys play for years there is no downside to them they are disciplined, prepared and well motivated. More to come later.. One nation

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  • Al_is_theraiders

    kellen moore? the guy cant throw a deep out with a chicago wind behind his back….this just gets worse and worse…

  • Tricky70390

    I’d rather have Isaiah Pead. Kid can ball. I watch a lot of Big East Football (USF Bulls fan here). Guy has some Ray Rice to him.

    I think if the Raiders plan to trade DMC they do this: Let Michael Bush test the market, sign him on the cheap after he doesn’t find the contract he wants, then make a draft day trade dealing McFadden for a high 2 and a 3 (possibly a 4), then draft Pead in the 2nd

  • Tricky70390

    Also, Pead can pass-protect. Something Taiwan Jones can’t do and Bush has often failed at.

  • severeraiderz

    Did someone just suggest we trade our best player for a RB out of the big east and a 3rd round pick…….madness

  • DKnight007

    # Sullivan44 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Trinity, the Iraq war bankrupted the country. And Bush owns that war. Bush, Republicans, and the overall American right wing mindset. You OWN that war, and that war has ruined our economy. So sit there in the sticks and blame 0bama all you want, for “running up a deficit”. LOL. Don’t make me laugh. History will have the last word. And in 100 years school students will be laughing at people like you that exist today.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Yep!

  • DKnight007

    # Sullivan44 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Republicans will not be in the white house for another 20 years, and the Iraq War is the reason for it. But go ahead and talk about 0bama and his deficit, trinity. lol. Yeah, that will be remembered in history. 0bama’s deficit. Not a war against a nation that wasn’t even a threat, that turned out to be nothing more than a cash grab by private contractors at the expense of the American tax payer.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep!

  • DKnight007

    The Brownies or Redskins will probably be the ones to trade up for RG3.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Sullivan44 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Trinity, the Iraq war bankrupted the country. And Bush owns that war. Bush, Republicans, and the overall American right wing mindset. You OWN that war, and that war has ruined our economy. So sit there in the sticks and blame 0bama all you want, for “running up a deficit”.
    ===========================

    To blame 0bama for the running up the deficit is preposterous. All you have to do is look up deficits for the last 30 years and you can clearly see the conservatives are the ones running up deficits. And there is a reason for that: because larger amounts of money go to wealthy bond holders and foreign countries and less go to “entitlements”. It’s a well thought out plan.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    The ignorance on this board is astounding when it comes to politics.

    You guys should really stick to football.

  • Seymour Bush

    severeraiderz Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Did someone just suggest we trade our best player for a RB out of the big east and a 3rd round pick…….madness
    ===================================

    Yep. Trade arguably the best running back in the league for God knows what. And then how do we know that new guy won’t get injured and not play?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    173.DKnight007 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    # Sullivan44 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Republicans will not be in the white house for another 20 years, and the Iraq War is the reason for it. But go ahead and talk about 0bama and his deficit, trinity. lol. Yeah, that will be remembered in history. 0bama’s deficit. Not a war against a nation that wasn’t even a threat, that turned out to be nothing more than a cash grab by private contractors at the expense of the American tax payer.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And here is MR agreeing with MR even though he was wrong the first time.

  • Seymour Bush

    wasbanned Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    The ignorance on this board is astounding when it comes to politics.

    You guys should really stick to football.
    ========================================

    And I thought the ignorance on football matters was astounding. 99.9% of the posters here must be the result of the American educational system. The same system that the conservatives have been gutting for the last 25 years.

  • edward teach

    severeraiderz Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    Did someone just suggest we trade our best player for a RB out of the big east and a 3rd round pick…….madness

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    Agreed. First of all, who in the third round would be so valuable to your team that you would give up McFadden to get him? If all you need is another third-round pick I’m sure there are better ways to get one than to downgrade at running back.

    Aside from last season, McFadden has averaged playing 13 games per year during his career, and there are very few backs in the league that can do what he can when he’s in the game.

    He’s our best weapon on offense. I have a hard time believing that a rookie running back and whomever we’d find in the third round would make a bigger impact.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    12.MistaBrown Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 8:27 am
    I like what Mark has done since he has been thrust into his role. How this all works out I have no idea but he hasn’t done anything stupid as of yet. He seems intent on keeping the identity of the organization while moving into modern times. We are lucky that the team wasn’t sold to some wealthy schmuck that turned things into something we wouldn’t recognize or like.

    Do your thing Mark and cut Seymour!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And here is Mistabrown getting at least two out of three right.

    1. Mark hasn’t done anything stupid yet and in fact things look good.
    2. He hasn’t sold the team. That prospect did occur to me also and I didn’t like it.

    You’re wrong on the Seymour thing though.
    Why the hell would he cut him when he’s already paid him?

  • Raiderjambo

    Actually Seymour, that’s the beauty of “The Raider Nation”, it transcends national borders, and I say less than 99.9% of the posters are the result of the American educational system!

  • Seymour Bush

    Good point jambo.

  • edward teach

    Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable, who took over after Kiffin was fired by owner Al Davis, was criticized for not playing McFadden later in the season. Responding to criticism, Cable stated “Well what really dictated was the rotation we were in, terms of the game, the flow of the game. I think [Justin] Fargas played pretty well. It’s just those situations present themselves.” Oakland Tribune writer Jerry McDonald responded to Cable’s statement, saying “If the flow of the game means keeping McFadden, an excellent receiving back, off the field on third down plays which call for a pass, then the flow needs to be changed by the play-caller.”

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    Remember this?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    179.Seymour Bush Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    wasbanned Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    The ignorance on this board is astounding when it comes to politics.

    You guys should really stick to football.
    ========================================

    And I thought the ignorance on football matters was astounding. 99.9% of the posters here must be the result of the American educational system. The same system that the conservatives have been gutting for the last 25 years.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Now wait a minute Oakglenn.
    Democrats have been running the state of California for decades.
    Democrats have been in charge of the educational system not conservatives.
    How’s that working out?

  • Seymour Bush

    Democrats have been running the state of California for decades.
    Democrats have been in charge of the educational system not conservatives.
    How’s that working out?
    ======================================

    No, we haven’t. We’ve had conservative governors here for almost 30 years. Arnold came in and ruined everything and he was preceeded by the only democrat for about two years who was recalled for BS reasons so another conservative could go in and eff things up. Prior to that were two administrations of conservatives. Funny how that completely parallels the fall of the state.

  • Seymour Bush

    edward teach Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable, who took over after Kiffin was fired by owner Al Davis, was criticized for not playing McFadden later in the season. Responding to criticism, Cable stated “Well what really dictated was the rotation we were in, terms of the game, the flow of the game. I think [Justin] Fargas played pretty well. It’s just those situations present themselves.” Oakland Tribune writer Jerry McDonald responded to Cable’s statement, saying “If the flow of the game means keeping McFadden, an excellent receiving back, off the field on third down plays which call for a pass, then the flow needs to be changed by the play-caller.”

    ********************************************************

    Remember this?
    ==================================

    The issue with McFadden if you remember his lst two years in the league he put the ball on the ground over and over again. And his protections were not the best as well. So, putting him in crucial late game situations was probably not the best thing to do. Funny how Cable recognized this and the team played hard for him at the end. That is the “accountability” card and how to exercise it.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Yes you have.
    Democrats have controlled the legislature for decades and that is what counts.
    Democrats have also been governor for a decade and a half since Arnold definitely wasn’t a Republican–more like a Bill Clinton Democrat.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    edward teach Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Aside from last season, McFadden has averaged playing 13 games per year during his career, and there are very few backs in the league that can do what he can when he’s in the game.

    ===========================================

    He may have averaged 13 games, but except for 2010, a goodly number of those games where were he was obviously gimpy and would play just a few series.

    2010 was the only year where he was on the field in the amount you’d expect from a #1 back.

  • edward teach

    The issue with McFadden if you remember his lst two years in the league he put the ball on the ground over and over again. And his protections were not the best as well. So, putting him in crucial late game situations was probably not the best thing to do. Funny how Cable recognized this and the team played hard for him at the end. That is the “accountability” card and how to exercise it.

    ********************************************************

    I remember the debates in here about that. We should all be thankful that he listened to Kelly Skipper and worked on those aspects of his game. Hopefully he’ll be fully healed by the time he needs to be and we can look forward to seeing him with the ball in his hands next year.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    188. Republicans spent the last 12-15yrs rolling back 40 yrs worth of Democratic safeguards that protected us from exactly what happened. AGAIN.

    The great depression 2 was a deliberate act.

  • Seymour Bush

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Yes you have.
    Democrats have controlled the legislature for decades and that is what counts.
    ==========================================

    Not in this state. There was a constitutional mandate that any taxes would have to be raised by two thirds congressional majority. So for the last 30 years we have had tyranny of the minority here. While 57% of Democratic legislators wanted to increase taxes to balance the budget, the 30+% conservatives would not allow it, so deficits ballooned.

    And to say Schwarzenegger was not a conservative is just plain silly. He campaigned on crushing “special interests” but those special interests just happened to be the teachers, nurses and fire fighter unions. Of course the prison guard union, maybe the one that needed to be reined it, he left alone. Classic conservative no tax, tough on crime policies that ruined the state.

  • Tricky70390

    Severeraiderz Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    Did someone just suggest we trade our best player for a RB out of the big east and a 3rd round pick…….madness
    ======================
    And just where was Ray Rice drafted out of? Do you even watch college football? If a kid can play a kid can play, no matter the conference. Crawl out from under your Pac-12 rock for a change.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Oakglenn,
    Arnold was not a conservative. He was an opportunist. And a damn poor one.
    The Democratic Party controls BOTH houses of the California legislature RIGHT NOW.
    If the Republicans controlled it they would have cut taxes and spending a long time ago and all those businesses wouldn’t be fleeing the state for more hospitable climates.

  • edward teach

    He may have averaged 13 games, but except for 2010, a goodly number of those games where were he was obviously gimpy and would play just a few series.

    2010 was the only year where he was on the field in the amount you’d expect from a #1 back.

    ********************************************************

    He will definitely have to show that he can be healthy this year. That said, he’s under contract for this year and next, and we’d be hard pressed to find a playmaker at that position to take his place.

    I think sometimes folks forget just how dynamic the guy is. You don’t trade that for a draft pick or two, especially when you have glaring holes elsewhere.

  • Jumbo Gumbo

    Anybody know what Amy and Mark have been doin behind the scenes. Is Amy Commander in Chief doing Marks bidding? Is Mark just the figurehead and Amy the fountainhead? So many questions.

    Man, my username has been hacked and some dog breath is goin around posting as me. Don’t buy into it. If you don’t hear it straight from me, don’t listen to it. Go Raiders!

  • Seymour Bush

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Oakglenn,
    Arnold was not a conservative.
    ======================================

    Sure. Neither was Herbert Hoover, George W. or Warren Harding. They’re the worst politicians this side of Stalin and Pol Pot.

  • McDoublecheese

    Best damn burger in the universe.

    Supersize me baby!

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Allen also thought running back Darren McFadden, who missed the last nine games of the season with a severe mid-foot sprain, would flourish in a system that will include heavy doses of zone blocking.

    When healthy, McFadden’s numbers took off when coach Hue Jackson instituted more gap and power blocking in place of Tom Cable’s zone blocking system.

    “When you look at the running games that Greg’s been a part of, they’ve all been very successful, with a lot of different styles of runners,” Allen said.”

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders/ci_20040447

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    Translation?

    Fugg Dmac. He’ll run what I tell him to run! ;) OR we’ll work some stuff out for the guy.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    McDoublecheese Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:29 pm
    Best damn burger in the universe.

    Supersize me baby!

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    I dunno…the Aurturian Krell burger pretty good…