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Mark Davis defines his role with Raiders, says L.A. move is possible

Reggie McKenzie is in charge of football operations, with owner Mark Davis in the background. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

“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.

Mark Davis begins putting his stamp on the Raiders. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

“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.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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