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08:11 AM ET 01.12 | While some children are natural fits to take over the family business, Mark Davis isn't Al 2.0. Mark Davis is Tommy Boy, trying not to face-plant on a table full of beers. And the thought of presiding over a team with a brash, intelligent and charismatic coach who knew how dismissively his father used to treat him had to be a daunting prospect. So, in my opinion, Davis did what many bosses do when they feel threatened by someone with a superior skill set and an aversion to brown-nosing: He kneecapped Jackson. And I suspect that the owner will encourage McKenzie to clean out as many people on the football side of the building as he can, if only to start fresh with a new crop of employees.

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January 12, 2012  08:16 AM ET

this franchise is headed for crash and burn status.

January 12, 2012  08:16 AM ET

I love the "Tommy Boy" reference. "Did I hear a 'niner' in there?"

January 12, 2012  08:17 AM ET

With Mark Davis's haircut, I'd have trouble taking him seriously, too.

January 12, 2012  08:18 AM ET

This is why McKenzie was hired...

January 12, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Hue's a "brown noser"?

Who'd of thunk?

January 12, 2012  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

With Mark Davis's haircut, I'd have trouble taking him seriously, too.

Pete Rose thinks that's a bad haircut. I've seen better haircuts on death row.

January 12, 2012  08:46 AM ET

If he is as incompetent concerning football as the writer makes him out to be, then it can still work if he stays out of any decision making regarding the team.
That is the hard part. Wealthy people* owners )tend to think they know more than they do and that is what hurts what they own. That and the fact you do not need to successfully run an NFL Franchise and make money. Profit is guaranteed no matter how bad you run your business.

January 12, 2012  08:48 AM ET

What a loser. Oh yeah the still have Carson (the interception machine) Palmer leading the way. Since he's cried his way out of Cincy let's see how he takes this team back to the basement.

January 12, 2012  08:48 AM ET

I got nothing.

January 12, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If he is as incompetent concerning football as the writer makes him out to be, then it can still work if he stays out of any decision making regarding the team. That is the hard part. Wealthy people* owners )tend to think they know more than they do and that is what hurts what they own. That and the fact you do not need to successfully run an NFL Franchise and make money. Profit is guaranteed no matter how bad you run your business.

I'm familiar with that scenario. Hmmmm.....

January 12, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Well they brought in a new GM...so you can't blame the GM for wanting a guy he wants in the head coach spot. I mean Al Davis and Jackson combined cost the team draft picks 1-5 I believe between a trade with New England, Palmer, and Pryor

January 12, 2012  09:00 AM ET

he "knows what I don't know" which is more than I can say for most of you. Jackmouth did himself in. "I'll take care of this penalty thing" he would say each week. Sure enough we set the record! give him a raise!
baby huie will end up at kc and pull his trick plays against us next year.....can't wait.

GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 12, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I love the "Tommy Boy" reference. "Did I hear a 'niner' in there?"

Perhaps Mark Davis ate paint chips as a kid?

January 12, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Well, when you own a business, you can either try to run it yourself, or admit you need help and find someone else to run it for you. Mark Davis has chosen to do the right thing by not thinking he can do a better job than Al or JJ.

He doesn't have much to lose by blowing it up and starting from scratch. Yeah, Hue Jackson is ticked off. On the other hand, if he'd let his team to a better record I'd imagine he'd still have his job.

January 12, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If he is as incompetent concerning football as the writer makes him out to be, then it can still work if he stays out of any decision making regarding the team. That is the hard part. Wealthy people* owners )tend to think they know more than they do and that is what hurts what they own. That and the fact you do not need to successfully run an NFL Franchise and make money. Profit is guaranteed no matter how bad you run your business.

Everything I've read suggests Davis knows one thing: how much he doesn't know. He hired McKenzie to run the show and says he'll stay out of the way. If that's true, good times to come for the Rai-duhs. If not, we've got old Al 2.0.

January 12, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If he is as incompetent concerning football as the writer makes him out to be, then it can still work if he stays out of any decision making regarding the team. That is the hard part. Wealthy people* owners )tend to think they know more than they do and that is what hurts what they own. That and the fact you do not need to successfully run an NFL Franchise and make money. Profit is guaranteed no matter how bad you run your business.

Remeber the good ole days when a team would win a championship and people would say, " Whose the old guy holding the trophy?" Then that old guy would be interviewd and the caption would read owner. Today, the owners (Jerry Jones, Mark Cuban cough, cough) want to be just as much the stars as the players.

January 12, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Mike Silver is an idiot and only writes things to inflame people and not report facts.

The fact is Mark Davis has made the best move this franchise has seen in almost 3 decades. He is bringing in football savvy people to run the organization. This is the first time in a long time the franchise won't be run by a crazy old man who wouldn't listen to anyone else and not admit his own limitations.

Sorry but what better hire can anyone name for a GM than Mike McKenzie. The guy has been an understudy under two of the best GMs in recent times in Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson.

Remember Tommy Boy saved the company in the end by doing what he did best and delegating the rest. The Raiders will be better off and Mike Silver will look the fool again as he does so often.

January 12, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

this franchise is headed for crash and burn status.

Ummm wrong. They are headed to being run like a true professional football team for the first time in a long time. They actually went and got a GM. They won't have a crazy owner calling down to the sideline telling them what to do. Sorry but the franchise crashed and burned long ago. The moves being done are rational and correct. When is the last time you could say that about the Raiders?

January 12, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

this franchise is headed for crash and burn status.

Give Mckenzie a chance... now that "AL" is gone, proper football management just might occur

 
January 12, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Perhaps Mark Davis ate paint chips as a kid?

LOL

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