Mark Davis is nothing like his father. Now that is not intended to be an insult. Harvard geneticists couldn’t invent another Al Davis. When you pickup a Webster’s and lookup the term American Original you’ll be greeted by a picture of Mr. Davis.
With all that being said, as the Raiders move forward with handling their business in the wake of Al’s passing it has become clear that Mark won’t be nearly as hands-on with the team as his father was.
From where I sit this is a great thing.
Again, no disrespect is intended for Mark Davis. It’s just refreshing to know that he’d rather hire a football mind than pretend to be one. It would be all too easy and clichéd for Mark to want to follow in his father’s footsteps, out to prove to the world he’s his own man.
By allowing Amy Trask to do her due diligence, Mark Davis is showing he might not have learned the business of football from his father but he’s certainly got a good business sense from the years of being around pops.
At the moment all attention is on the next move with the GM job reportedly being dangled on the open market. The Chronicle put together a list of 10 candidates they think should be in consideration. Naturally many of the names have Raider ties and you’d expect some sort of a previous relationship with Al Davis to be among the mandates.
The times may be changing around the East Bay football franchise but no matter what the Davis name will live on in ownership. Mark might not have the desire to taken on all of his father’s responsibilities but he certainly isn’t going to give up the team. From where I sit that is a great thing.