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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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  • RMRGAWBLES

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  • RaiderWeaponX

    Al not only thought lowly of Mark, but in leaving him the team he insured his legacy.
    Al knew Mark would show him up under normal conditions. Not because Mark was good, but cuz Al knew he kept screwing up.
    Letting Mark screw everything up would have fans missing Al, and the good ole days.
    Yes, he set him up to fail.
    A moment of silence, please.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    And, again, why did Al leave Mark the team if he hated him so much? Mark didn’t have to lobby for the position he has now. Al dies, Mark was in charge. Just like that. And Mark has made some big moves. Herrera’s gone. New GM. House is being cleaned. Could be maybe Al himself didn’t like his own lackeys. Because the guy Al put in charge is putting them in front of a firing squad.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Ha ha ha!!! Ha!!! Al thought lowly of Mark, yet put him in charge of the franchise!!! Sure. Keep rambling on.

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  • RaiderWeaponX

    Told ya, is you ignorant or what?
    Al wanted russell. Gru wanted player who jus happened to be the best rb in the league. Al schooled him.
    Marcus wanted to play. al said sit down fool, you’re on a prolonged rest. Schooled, fool.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Fools outta control.
    Listen up.
    Was reported here and elsewhere that Al dissed his son in public all the time. Never was it reported Mark was in on a single meeting, fool.
    Also reported that becuase Mark was so humbled by his dad, in front of all the other lackeys, Mark is disposing of all those who watch his beatdowns.
    Woe be is us. Woe we be.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Marcus Allen is the Raiders’ all time leading rusher.

    He was also a Raider killer when with the Chiefs.

    Marcus Allen was the MVP of the last Super Bowl Al won.

    You tell me who schooled who, fool.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    And after all that, Al still leaves him the team.

  • Silverandblack666

    “And after all that, Al still leaves him the team.”

    The proof is in the pudding if Mark was a schmuck like you claim then there is no way Al leaves him in control of a life of hard work building this team.

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  • RMRGAWBLES

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  • severeraiderz

    Lol where’s that guy that was trying to compare Isaiah Pead to Ray Rice

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  • SULLIVANSTINX

    Hey where’d Raider Weapon X’s stalker go? Lights out after dinner I guess

  • Hardline

    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.

  • dcraiderfan

    Hello bottom of the division for 4 seasons. A plain slap in the fan’s face!@

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    How about, goodbye blogosphere, hello twitter? It’s possible.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    anyone who’s anyone in the sports press is on twitter now. they link to their articles but you can also just comment on their twitter. let’s face it, blogs are so 2005.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jerry McDonald ‏ @Jerrymcd
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    More Brian Billick on California: `You look at their budget and the way they work in Sacramento and you’d think they’re all on dope.’

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

    LOL!
    Too true!

  • Gomer

    http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/02/26/rgiii-unofficially-timed-at-4-38-seconds-in-40-yard-dash/?module=HP11_headline_stack

    I know 4.3 is fast, but what is the deal of 3/10ths of a second when some is a 4.0 or a 4.3? Fast is fast but what gives with that? I mean some guys are a 4.9 of 5.0 now you could say that is not as fast but 5.0 is fast if you got the moves. Largent didn’t tear it up but he sure could deke Lester the molester Hayes. Only WR who could ever get in Lester the molesters head. But he could shut down everyone else. Largent was slow but could put a move on anyone. Sure wish Lester Hayes could be our CB coach. He could teach anyone a thing or two. They just don’t play like he did anymore. Dude should be a HOFer. And why is everyone talking about Eli being a future HOFer just because he won two SBs’? What gives? Plunkett won two. Raiders are gonna be good this year.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I always liked that Benjamin kid from the U, and if Al were still calling the shots, you know we would be drafting him and his 4.32 forty time.

    Kind of takes some of the fun out of predicting who we will pick in the draft.

  • YoungAmerican

    Mark Davis wanted to distance himself so much from anyone who knew how his father treated him… that he brought in John Madden, Ron Wolf, and Ken Herock to help with the GM search, and then hired Reggie McKenzie.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RG3 is 6’2+, so Why is Dakota calling him a midget?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    YoungAmerican Says:
    February 26th, 2012 at 8:27 am
    Mark Davis wanted to distance himself so much from anyone who knew how his father treated him… that he brought in John Madden, Ron Wolf, and Ken Herock to help with the GM search, and then hired Reggie McKenzie.

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

    Exactly. Mike Silver’s daft hit piece doesn’t even hold up as comedy.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    YA,

    He also hired Knapp Again and kept Wiz.

  • aig-raiders

    Stephen Hill GT WR just ran 4.31 for a 6-4 215lbs guy. Where’s Al Davis when we need him?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    And kept Saunders too.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I hope we draft Hill in later RDs.

  • Humdinger

    Draft got to be all defense, cuz our defense is bad. Got to build it up thru the draft. Reggie is a defense GM, Allen is a defense HC, and Mark had to defend himself with that haircut. Our offense is play-off caliber, just like last year, cept the D stunk.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raiders are looking for diamonds in a vast pit of coal.

    This draft is about finding role players and depth guys.

    This team will not get much better from the April draft thanks to the “here and now” mentality of that incompetent coach that Mark and Reggie rightfully dismissed.

    This is all about free agency…which is handcuffed with oppressive contracts on the defense.

    Hopefully the offense goes “lights out” and Carson earns his $12 million

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    6’4, 220, and ran a 4.32.

  • Cornfucious

    :mad:

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I’m not saying we should draft him with our 1st pick of the draft. The guy had 49 catches in 3 years, Al passed, so no one will draft him before the 5th round IMO.
    He had 49 catches, 1248 yards, 25+ YPC, and 9 TDs in THREE years.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I hope we get one of those huge WRs this draft. I really like Brian Quick.

  • severeraiderz

    Raider o

    And when was the last time these guys were privy to what went on bvehind the doors in Alameda on a day to day basis? Everyone has come to the same conclusion, Mark Davis wanted Hue gone, the reasoning behind it may vary but the fact is its the only conclusion that makes any sense

  • Blowhard

    Its all about getting the right frame of playahs. Hard working good athletes on and off the field. The Giants got that kind of combination of playahs and look at them. The won a suppa bowl. But we also need the nasty type who can stop the run and shut down the passing game. If the Raidahs can be a numba 1 ranking defense, you know the offense is gonna take care of business. I like what Reggie and Allen are doing, rootin out the defense and sendin a message. AD would be proud of DA. Yes, MD and RM are gonna gett’er done.

  • Seymour Bush

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

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

    I love this more than anything. Once the conservative policies inevitably fail, which they inevitably do, then the conservatives come running out and say that is not conservatism. Of course it is. For example Huge tax breaks for the rich concentrate wealth in fewer and fewer hands directly resulting in economic catastrophe (See Europe, Dark Ages).

  • Seymour Bush

    Man, looks like a few “people” couldn’t get a date on Saturday night.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Nobody on this blog gets dates on Saturday night, unless you count Brien’s prostitutes.

  • http://raiders.com Ladies Man

    Well I guess you could say I date all week and rest it up on the week-ends.

  • Thec

    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…

  • Hot Tuna

    Raidahs are a gonna be a gooda thisa yeara. Book it.

  • djohnnyg

    Watching the Nfl Combine on NFLN and if you turn on your tv right now you can see our Offensive Coordinator GREGG KNAPP working with the QB’s and barking out instructions and encouragement.

    He looks pretty intense.

    He’s probably excited about his new gig.

  • djohnnyg

    282.SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    February 26th, 2012 at 9:10 am
    Raiders are looking for diamonds in a vast pit of coal.

    This draft is about finding role players and depth guys.

    This team will not get much better from the April draft thanks to the “here and now” mentality of that incompetent coach that Mark and Reggie rightfully dismissed.

    This is all about free agency…which is handcuffed with oppressive contracts on the defense.

    Hopefully the offense goes “lights out” and Carson earns his $12 million

    In all fairness, Mark had to sign off on the Palmer Mark doesn’t have the cajones to stand up to a first yr. head coach wanting to spend Mark’s money. And if that’s the case, we’ve got bigger problems going on to worry about.

    I like the Palmer deal anyway. Always liked him as a QB and as a person. I like the fact he refused to play anymore for the Bengals.

  • djohnnyg

    *I meant to say Mark had to sign off on the Palmer deal.

  • Seymour Bush

    djohnnyg Says:
    February 26th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Watching the Nfl Combine on NFLN and if you turn on your tv right now you can see our Offensive Coordinator GREGG KNAPP working with the QB’s and barking out instructions and encouragement.

    He looks pretty intense.

    He’s probably excited about his new gig.
    ====================================

    Knapp is always that way.

  • Seymour Bush

    I like the Palmer deal anyway. Always liked him as a QB and as a person. I like the fact he refused to play anymore for the Bengals.
    =====================================

    I like all of that as well. And if there is any doubt about how tough Palmer is, put in the tape of the 2nd half of the beating we took in Green Bay. Carson is standing there getting his ass KICKED, but he does not back down an INCH. There’s a word for that. It’s called leadership.

  • Seymour Bush

    Paying $12mm for a top notch Q is not overpaying. Paying $12mm for Eli, or $14mm for Brady is not overpaying. Paying $14.5mm for Sanchez?? That is over paying. Or $20+mm for a bench warming Peyton?? That is over paying.