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Mark Davis Feels The Pain Of Raider Nation


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.

Check that.

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.

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  • Chuck Ashley

    This could be the ugliest game of the season for the Raiders. I expect a 30 point loss at least. There is no way this D can stop the Falcons. This team lacks depth and the coaching has been awful. This team is in such disarray right now that who knows what is going to happen in the next couple of months. At this point in time, I cannot see this team winning more than 5 games this season and having a top 5 pick in the draft next year. It has been a difficult time being a Raiders fan for the last decade and I thought they were headed in the right direction last year, but now it looks like at least 3 more seasons before this team does anything good. It is a shame that an organization like this has fallen so low. I just don’t see it getting any better in the near future. Don’t waste your time watching this crap they try and call football on Sunday, go out and enjoy your day. If you watch this game, you will be very disappointed.

  • Aaron

    I want Chucky back!! A lot of talk earlier this year about how we were getting a D minded coach….hmmmm I’m not I’m pressed.

  • MARIO CRUZ

    I FEEL THE SAME AS ASHLEY AND ALL OF MY RAIDER FRIENDS THAT MAKE THE TREK TO OAKLAND FROM SO CAL,,,I HAVE HELD SEASON TICKETS IN L.A. AND FOR THE LAST 6 YEARS IN OAKLAND,,,I WILL NO LONGER MAKE THE TRIP TO OAKLAND TO WATCH WHAT MR MCKENZIE CALLS FOOTBALL,,,HE DESTROYED A TEAM THAT WAS GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,,,AS FOR MR DAVIS, I STAY AT THE HOLIDAY INN, AFTER THE OPENER MR DAVIS AND HIS BODYGUARD WERE AT THE BAR HAVING A GREAT TIME,,,DISGUSTING,,,I WAS SICK BY THE SO CALLED RAIDERS ON THE FIELD THAT NIGHT. BUT I GUESS MR DAVIS HAD JUST SPOKEN WITH HIS ACCOUNTANT. LOUSY CHEAP PRODUCT AND WE PAY TOP $ FOR THAT CRAP,,,YES MR DAVIS I SHOOK YOUR HAND SITTING ON THE COUCH AS U WERE LEAVING THE BAR AND WHY YOU GUYS WANTED TO KILL #20 IN A GAME U COULDNT WIN. ALL I CAN DO IS NOT GIVE YOU ANYMORE OF MY TIME AND MONEY.
    ALWAYS A RAIDER.
    M CRUZ

  • Hangtownie

    I know one thing – Making massive changes every year won’t make them better. Reggie didn’t biuld Green Bay in 1 year and this will be no different. With the cap issues and all the changes, I had a feeling it would be a step back before we go forward.

  • http://twitter.com/JEV1A J.E. Vizzusi

    These guys are in total denial of horrific problems that are about to get a whole lot worse in Atlanta! Nothing is working, starting with our first pre-season game. Management has somehow hindered our success in finding the right players for the positions in dire need of. Allen’s comments after the Denver massacre stating, “We just have to go with the players we have” is outragious. We need to find the right players for the positions in need now even if we have to recruit out of Bay Area High Schools to do it. I remember the day when Oakland found players drivng taxi cabs and working in cement plants. Our recruiting and scouting is horrible. Raider haters always said, get rid of Al Davis and the Raiders will be back and excel to the greatness they once had. Instead we are headed again backwards into a bottom feeder mentality and with the PR Director trying to paint a new Raider Image, metal scanners at the Stadium and generally a new cultural approach, I say we cannot wait and see if it will work out, because the writing is on the wall now!