Here is Tim Brown to say about the transition of the Raiders from Al Davis, who headed the entire operation, to a an organization in which general manager Reggie McKenzie is heading up the football operation in a partnership with coach Dennis Allen:
Life without Al Davis being involved in every corner of the organization
“That’s going to be the big change. It’s going to be a matter of people having to accept the fact that things are a little different now. A lot different, let’s say that. The fact of the matter is, there’s not one man in charge any more, and the guys who are here now they have a lot of responsibility, and they know if they don’t get certain things done there’s going to be trouble for them. I just think, there has been so much going on, so many changes, do many different things happening, that you would like to see some stability, and being that Mr. Davis passed, you knew there was going to be some shakeups, probably didn’t expect as many as happened, but I think at the same time now it’s a matter of let’s get this thing going and start building, and if we can get that done, it would be an incredible, incredible deal.”
On having seen Reggie McKenzie as a future GM _ they were teammates in 1988
“No, I mean were all young and dumb in those days. You can’t, certain things you can’t project, but certainly over what he’s done for the last 15 years of his career, it was inevitable that he was going to be in this position. I guess nobody would have thought about it here, because of what has gone on here, but I think he’s going to do a great job. He knows the game. He’s played the game. And he’s learned it in the front office, too.”
Some lineage with Ron Wolf . . .
“From that standpoint, he knows, I talked to him, when he got the job, he told me, look, T, if I don’t do the job, I’m gone. I’m out. I know that. So I’m going to get my guys in here. I’m going to do what I have to do and we’re going to make this thing happen. I think from that standpoint, it’s going to be very interesting man, because this guy’s not going to sit on his hands. If things need to be done, they will be done.”