Why Mark Davis has Raiders in better shape in Vegas than Al Davis did in Oakland

Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News on

Published in Football

After his father's death, Mark Davis hired Reggie McKenzie as general manager but didn't like Dennis Allen, McKenzie's pick as head coach. Allen was eventually fired. Jack Del Rio, Davis' choice in 2015, didn't always see eye to eye with McKenzie in terms of personnel.

Once Davis made his dream hire in Gruden, McKenzie's job was to run the personnel department until such a time Gruden determined how things would proceed. That eventually led to Mayock. And with Gruden and Mayock, the Raiders have a clear chain of command and direction for the first time since the days when Al Davis was running things himself and at the height of his powers.

The Raiders' business economics are on track thanks to a healthy hotel tax to help finance the stadium. The football operation is working with a common vision. Mark Davis is on the verge of achieving stability in Las Vegas that would have been a yearly struggle in Oakland.

The Raiders have a plan in Las Vegas, and Mark Davis, who like his father orchestrated an exit from Oakland, helped them get there.

Unlike his father, Mark isn't coming back.


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