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Mark Davis talks change

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at 7:21 am in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    199.Seymour Bush Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    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.

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

    Well, I’m not sure what you’re saying there since

    –Hoover was not exceptionally conservative and even called for a moritorium on payment of WW1 debts (i.e.Being a Republican doesn’t make you a conservative necessarily conservative;
    — Warren was a certifiable idiot along Joe Biden lines:
    –Stalin was as far left as you can go
    –and Pol Pot was just fuk’n crazy.

  • Lamont

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:30 pm
    McDoublecheese Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:29 pm
    Best damn burger in the universe.

    Supersize me baby!

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

    I dunno…the Aurturian Krell burger pretty good…
    ===========================================

    I spose, but I had a burger on Jupiter called the Jupitarian Squeeze that was made from dirt with melted leather. Not bad. Fries sucked.

  • Alex7

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    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.
    ========================
    If you aren’t Oakglenn, why do you answer to questions directed at Oakglenn?

  • RaiderWeaponX

    I dig Jerry. That guy is spot on. He calls out the stuff no one else does or will.

    Dmac didn’t flourish until we switched away from the ZBS.

    Few people seem to be questioning the highly questionable here but thats all right. Everyone gets a 2-3 yr pass cuz their new.

  • Jumbo Gumbo

    Personally I think Marc is Amy’s lackey.
    What did Amy do? Wasn’t for looks, that’s for sure. Kind of a bowser.

  • Batarango

    :lol:

  • Jumbo Gumbo

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I dig Jerry. That guy is spot on. He calls out the stuff no one else does or will.

    Dmac didn’t flourish until we switched away from the ZBS.

    Few people seem to be questioning the highly questionable here but thats all right. Everyone gets a 2-3 yr pass cuz their new.
    —————
    You ignorant or sumthing?
    2-3 yr pass? That’s for losers, loser.
    Talk that chyttt somewhere else, if you know what’s good for ya.

  • Jumbo Gumbo

    Jumbo Gumbo Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    Personally I think Marc is Amy’s lackey.
    What did Amy do? Wasn’t for looks, that’s for sure. Kind of a bowser.
    ===================================================

    I hear ya. But ya gotta admit, Amy has been an eye catcher at times.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    205.Alex7 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:37 pm
    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    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.
    ========================
    If you aren’t Oakglenn, why do you answer to questions directed at Oakglenn?

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

    LOL!

    MR, posing as Alex, comes on to accuse Oakglenn of posting as Seymour!

  • Quadraphonic Buttcheeks

    Eye catcher? Blind guy wouldn’t have turned his head.
    Jumbo Mumbo was spot on.
    One of them were

  • Mr Baseball

    Quadraphonic Buttcheeks Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:45 pm
    Eye catcher? Blind guy wouldn’t have turned his head.
    Jumbo Mumbo was spot on.
    One of them were
    ——————————

    You tryin to tell me Amy with all that power isn’t sexy? Whoa dude. Amy is hot!

  • Quadraphonic Buttcheeks

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    205.Alex7 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:37 pm
    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    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.
    ========================
    If you aren’t Oakglenn, why do you answer to questions directed at Oakglenn?

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

    LOL!

    MR, posing as Alex, comes on to accuse Oakglenn of posting as Seymour!
    ———————-
    So, are we due 4 answers, or 2?

  • Quadraphonic Buttcheeks

    Mr Baseball Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Quadraphonic Buttcheeks Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:45 pm
    Eye catcher? Blind guy wouldn’t have turned his head.
    Jumbo Mumbo was spot on.
    One of them were
    ——————————

    You tryin to tell me Amy with all that power isn’t sexy? Whoa dude. Amy is hot!=
    ——————————-
    Power perceived is power achieved.
    I don’t perceive Amy having any power, at all.

    do you? Seriously, do you? What has she ever done to exude the impression she has power?
    Just another of Al’s lackeys.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Jumbo whatever RMR gross seriously. invest in reality and get some semblance of a life

  • Frogman and the winter worm

    Amy is a Raider, that’s what makes her hot.

    http://blog.betdsi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/albaoak.jpg

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    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.

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

    I missed that post.

    Conservatives stand in the way of raising taxes because taxes are (a) too high already and (b) what really needs to be done is to cut back on government expenditures.
    Believe it or not but the deficit can be reduced by cutting government.

    Taxes are way too high in California and that is why both people and industry are leaving the state.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    So, are we due 4 answers, or 2?

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

    LOL.
    Nice one.

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  • Raiders for life

    been reading all the predictions and speculation on the blog. The best one yet is to package DMAC and Ford for a 2nd round trade.
    I have to disagree with that one.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Raiders for life Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    been reading all the predictions and speculation on the blog. The best one yet is to package DMAC and Ford for a 2nd round trade.
    I have to disagree with that one.

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

    No way. DMac shouldn’t go for anything less than a first-rounder. DMac and Ford together shouldn’t go for anything less than a top-10 pick, which nobody is likely to give up.

  • waklaboo

    It’s a longshot but if the Raiders win the next SB I’ll grow my hair like Mark’s to start a fad.

  • Raiders for life

    If you’re Marks age, you gotta let your hair grow and be free.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    I think Marc is kinda cute, to be honest.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    He’s got that beach boy thang going, with a goofy lazy eye that makes you wonder if he’s looking at you.
    Rumbly rumbly in my tumbly

  • RaiderWeaponX

    223. MODERATORS: THIS PR*CK IS MASQUERADING AS ME AGAIN. PLEASE BAN HIS IP ADDRESSES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderWeaponX

    223. 224. How sick and pathetic you must be. Desperate and just disturbing.

    Iggy

  • RaiderWeaponX

    222. Mark has weird ears. Thats why the dumb and dumber hair do

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Back to football…

    I can see Allen saying he’d like to tailor the scheme to the team and the personnel hes got while trying to rebuild but honestly, even with a veteran staff that sounds like a tall order.

    I hope we win the dam-b super bowl next year but realistically, the Raiders look like a mess.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    227 is not me. BAN THIS PUNK

  • RaiderWeaponX

    229 IS A FRAUD. Please, Mod, just send him on his way.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Unless I say it’s me, it’s not me.
    Take it to the bank.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Unlike 229, the fraud, I don’t believe we are a mess.
    A few pieces to fill the puzzle, and we’re a team to contend with. Please just adios this sucker on 229. Ban that IP. Restore order to the force.

  • Master Beeecham

    Raider X, calm down you creampuff blog zero!

    Man, your troll sure got in your head! And no matter how hard you try to get back to “raider football”, your troll is still owning you.

    Pretty hilarious, my minion! But don’t worry, the Beach Dawg is getting a sweet laugh out of it!

  • Gastronimical Issues and Fissures

    Anybody who think Mark Davis does not mean business ought to have there ears examined. The dude has hired a bona-fide GM, hired a up and coming HC, sent Hue and Routt walking, sent Hererra off into the sunset, and probably even got computers and power point at the main office now.

    Mark grew up in football and that is all he probably knows. Well, maybe surfing perhaps, but he is a Raider football guy. We gonna be all right.

  • Silverandblack666

    Mark is a smart business man he understands that part of running a team but he is also insightful enough to know that he is not good at evaluating talent and or player personnel so he hired Reggie to do that part while he focuses on getting a new stadium and making us a profitable team again.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Yawn. I have a life. U clearly don’t

  • RaiderWeaponX
  • RaiderWeaponX

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Mark is a smart business man he understands that part of running a team but he is also insightful enough to know that he is not good at evaluating talent and or player personnel so he hired Reggie to do that part while he focuses on getting a new stadium and making us a profitable team again
    ==========================================================
    Wat’s wrong with you, man?
    You have to earn the title of smart business man.
    Mark hired an inexperienced doofus as GM. How does that make him smart?
    Focus on new stadium?
    Make team profitable?
    Mark Davis looks like a silverspoon in mouth kid, who even his father was embarrassed by him.
    Read that again. HIS FATHER WAS EMBARRASSED BY HIM.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Apparently raidernation dot com has been voted as one of the top 5 worst team sites currently online.
    How can this be?
    We only copy from the best sites. Because we feel some of you would be more comfortable, we don’t proofread. Is taht a crime? Help no.

  • YoungAmerican

    Re-sign:
    Tyvon Branch
    Samson Satele
    Jon Condo
    Matt Giordano

    Desmond Bryant (2nd round tender)
    Marcel Reece (2nd round tender)

    Cut Kelly, Henderson, C. Johnson, Eugene
    Restructure Curry, Seymour, Huff, Palmer

    FA targets:
    Tracy Porter
    Richard Marshall
    Ahmad Brooks
    Aubrayo Franklin

    Draft prospects:
    3 (comp) DE/OLB/ILB McClellin / LB. Au. Cole / CB L. Johnson / CB/S T. Johnson / DE Bequette
    4 (comp) NT Hicks / NT Jean-Baptiste / NT Chapman / DE/OLB J. Miller / DE/OLB Law
    5 RB Ganaway / RB Poole
    5 (comp) FS Jackson
    6 OT Reynolds / ILB Ad. Cole

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Well, look at Mark’s father. Al may have had a respectable opinion 30 years ago, but not in recent years. Most people saw him as senile. He didn’t like his son Mark? Well, he didn’t like Gruden or Marcus Allen, either. So what?

  • RaiderWeaponX

    So what?
    I’ll tell you what.
    He liked Gruden and Marcus when he hired them. Talked to them. Schooled them. Instilled in them his trust and beliefs until they violated his trust.
    Mark was always a snot faced kid to Al. Nothing more.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Did you know Richard Marshall had a 71% burn rate in 2010?

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Just Fire Bay, I seriously doubt if bucking political correctness and blindly supporting US military action (no matter how criminal) is in your DNA if you spent your 20s trying to upstart a hip hop label. Your very identity today is founded on your scorn for the hip hoppers that left you behind. Had they not, you’d still be sipping Hennessey backstage with Keak Da Sneek’s dancers.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    If Al thought so low of Mark why did he leave him the team?

  • YoungAmerican

    Raider O Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Did you know Richard Marshall had a 71% burn rate in 2010?

    ————–

    Played much better as the season went on. Regardless, he’s an inexpensive veteran player. Raiders don’t have $8-10 million to blow on an upper-tier cornerback, unfortunately.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    It ain’t just some thing to argue about on a internet blog with me. It’s in my families DNA

    ………..

    LOL!

    Charlie Daniels over here. I’m sure you talked in that there southern drawl when you were trying to be Tracy’s Master P.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    BTW, just what did Al Davis teach Marcus Allen or Jon Gruden?

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Didn’t say he taught them. Said he schooled them. Is you ignorant or what?

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Didn’t think you’d have an answer. Al teaching (or “schooling”) Marcus Allen or Jon Gruden on anything…hilarious.