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.