This much we already know of Mark Davis. He has no desire to follow in his father’s footsteps. Sure, Mark is not going to let the Raider franchise fall out of the hands of the Davis family. That is something that we may never see in our lifetime. However it is abundantly clear that Mark will be an owner only. Unlike his father, he won’t be putting his fingerprints on all aspects of the franchise.
The recent moves made by the organization have sent a strong message that Mark Davis is running the show his way. From the hiring of a general manager to the allowance of the new head coach to select his own staff, Mark is most definitely not an Al Davis.
This is not to say anything negative of Al Davis. None can argue against the success he had in every aspect of the game from coach to owner and even commissioner. Al Davis is to football what Albert Einstein is to physics.
This is also not to say that Mark Davis’ approach will ultimately yield better results. As impossible as it is to ignore the last decade of Raider football there is nothing that guarantees doing things the exact opposite of Al will change everything.
Only results on the field will determine the outcome of the new policies in the East Bay.
There is just simply no way Mark could run the team like his father. In fact, there will never be another human being that could ever operate in all capacities of the game of football like Al. He was a standalone, the likes of which will never be seen again. Replacing Al Davis is absolutely impossible. That is why Mark really has no choice but to do things his way and allow football minds to handle the heavy lifting.
Dennis Allen’s hire would have never happened under Al Davis. Same for the appointment of Reggie McKenzie. Those two men will be given the responsibilities of handling all things football. Mark Davis, Allen and McKenzie will be forever linked as the new regime of the Raiders. No matter the opinions of the changes you’ve got to respect Mark Davis for boldly bringing the franchise into a new era.
While there may be some new principles in place, one thing will always remain the same. Results are all that matter. Something that will carry over no matter the names of the men and women running the show is that iconic motto Al Davis made an institution.
Just win, baby!