Mark Davis was born into the Oakland Raiders…literally. So he’s no different than Raider Nation in his feelings of disappointment with the team’s lackluster 1-3 start to the 2012 season.
But don’t think for a second that means Davis is second guessing the hiring of Reggie McKenzie. According to McKenzie the new Davis in town is not happy with the way the new era has begun but he’s willing to be patient.
Vick Tafur quotes McKenzie on the topic of how Davis has reacted to the slow start.
“He’s like all of us. He’ll be the first to tell you that he wants us to play better. He also understands that we’re trying to retool and improve every day and every game. He totally understands that we’re in this thing not just for weeks 1 through 4. We want to continue and finish strong in week 5 on out. We’re going in the right direction. That’s the key with him.”
Whether or not the Raiders are headed in the right direction is debatable.
There is nothing to debate. Getting your ass handed to you by a longtime rival to the tune of 37-6 is improvement only if you lost 84-0 the previous week. Even then it’s a shortest midget contest. Maybe McKenzie has seen something in practice to lead him down the path of denial blazed by Greg Knapp (yep, any way to work in a shot at Knapp is what we do here at JBB).
All that said we knew Mark Davis was never going to be the impatient owner that his father was. That Davis even hired a GM said it all. It was a clear indication that he’s letting football minds make football decisions.
Problem is some of those football decisions have already blown up in McKenzie’s face like blowing a bubble with two pieces of Bazooka Joe. Is it at all shocking that two veteran cornerbacks with a recent history of injury issues were out before the first month of the season ended?
I know…I know…patience is the key.
Problem for Raider Nation is there is a general disconnect between the fans and McKenzie. For McKenzie this is all new and just a part of the process. For us this is more pain on top of an already dismal decade of football. We’re willing to be like Mark Davis for now. We’ll ride this out and will still be around if and when things improve. Of course nothing guarantees McKenzie will be here at that time. Not even Davis could be patient enough to watch as his franchise folds like a table cloth in Bed, Bad and Beyond.