Filling the shoes of Al Davis is impossible. There is not a single human being currently breathing that can replace Mr. Davis and all that he did for the Oakland Raiders franchise. This has been and will continue to be a total team effort. This morning word spread that the Raiders took their first steps in finding one of the individuals necessary to move forward after the passing of Davis.
As you might expect the search has begun with (what else?) a candidate with ties to the team. One time L.A. Raider and current director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers Reggie McKenzie interviewed for the vacant general manger position in Oakland.
As you might expect just the news of the on-going process alone is cause for speculation.
Recently Hue Jackson expressed his desire to be a part of the GM vetting process. Certainly that makes plenty of sense as Coach Jackson will be working closely with his new general manager.
Nothing at all salacious about that. But since we’re talking about the most infamous franchise in all of sports you had to know somebody was going to stir the pot.
Enter Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk fame and his theory on the ensuing “tug-of-war” between Jackson and current advisor to the Raiders Ron Wolf. Seems Florio thinks Jackson and Wolf will be trying to throw around their weight to get the ear of Mark Davis as far as deciding on the new GM goes.
Hey, I’m sure Florio has plenty of sources and reasons to speculate on the quiet riot that is building in Alameda.
No matter the case the fact of the matter is what’s being ignored is that this is a new process for the entire franchise. No doubt there are plenty of people behind the silver and black curtain trying to have their opinion valued. Not saying we’ve got chaos behind closed doors but there is an element of the unknown that must be explored by all those involved.
Is McKenzie the most qualified and best candidate? That is the real question. Forget about who’s going to get their way.
In the end it will be Mark Davis that must lean on the years of learning from seeing his father in action that will be the real determining factor.
Rest assured that if Al Davis thought a certain hire would be best for the franchise then he’d tell everyone in the organization to live with it. In the end his son must do the same. That’s what being the boss is all about.
Naturally you want your coach and general manager to get along with one another. But this isn’t love connection. This is Raider football. Just win, baby! The franchise is bigger than any one coach or GM. Therefore any possible “tug-of-war” is meaningless.
This is Mark Davis’ franchise now. His decision is all that matters. Everyone else, coaches, players and fans alike will have to live with what decision is made. That’s how that cookie should crumble every time.