When Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died, it wasn’t immediately clear what kind of owner his successor, his son Mark, would be.
“Change happened on Oct. 8,” Davis said, referring to the death of his father, “and we had to bring this full-round.”
Davis has taken big steps with the team this week. He introduced Reggie McKenzie as the team’s new general manager and agreed with McKenzie’s first decision to fire coach Hue Jackson. In his first public moments, Tim Kawakami writes, “Davis was the star of the show, with his own style — relaxed, wry, spontaneous, patient through some tedious questioning, direct and cagey, too.
There will be changes — and among them is the possibility of relocating the team to Los Angeles if it cannot get a new stadium in Oakland.
“Yeah, Los Angeles is a possibility,” he said after the formal press conference. “Wherever’s a possibility. We need a stadium.”
On other topics, Davis said his father had left no specific instructions, but “I used to talk to my dad every night.”
Al Davis had a coaching background, something his son does not have. What kind of owner he’ll be is not yet know, but he said he has listened to advice from John Madden, Ron Wolf and Ken Herock. There’s no doubt, though, about the hierarchy.
“Reggie’s going be running the show there,” Davis said. “But we will consult quite a bit. We will be talking a lot. That’s about all I can say on that.”