Mark Davis never had any desire to follow in his father’s footsteps so far as being the alpha and omega of the Oakland Raiders. However after enduring a bitterly disappointing first full season as owner Mark Davis quickly realized he needed a watchful eye hovering above the franchise that could act in an Al Davis capacity.
Since the season ended there have been talks of the Raiders adding to their front office. Turns out it takes more than a few men to handle all the tasks Al Davis so passionately took on.
Today comes perhaps the biggest bombshell of the Mark Davis era as ESPN reports the Silver and Black to be in talks with Mike Holmgren. No official word from the team as policy doesn’t permit comment on such matters. So that leaves plenty of speculation as to exactly what role the Bill Walsh disciple would serve.
Obviously Reggie McKenzie is already serving in the GM capacity and there is no way Mark Davis makes a change that drastic this soon. Bill Williamson of ESPN calls Holmgren’s involvement in Oakland as that of a “leadership position”. Make of that whatever you will.
Some are even going as far as pondering whether or not Holmgren is being positioned to step in Pat Riley style and takeover for Dennis Allen if Oakland’s struggles continue into next season.
Of course this is all wild speculation considering Holmgren is on vacation in Europe no doubt trying to distance himself from catastrophe that was his time in Cleveland. Most known for winning a Super Bowl as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Holmgren has transitioned into the front office with mixed results. But his football prowess and Bay Area connections are undeniable.
Looks like this offseason will be filled with much more than free agency talk and draft mocking for Raider Nation. This franchise continues to change before our very eyes and there’s no telling what will come next.