When Mark Davis sat down with Paul Gutierrez this week, his opened the curtain of his thoughts With the Raiders in a freefall, Davis served up his thoughts on a variety of opinion. Below, you will find the quote and possible translation.
“Jon’s going to be the stability here,” Davis said. “Jon’s going nowhere. That’s just the way it is.”
In Davis’ defense, Gruden will coach the Raiders for a decade. Meanwhile, this quote finally puts the nail into Reggie McKenzie’s Raiders career coffin. Granted, a coach armed with a 100-million dollar deal will not leave. Yet, Davis shows that inexplicable loyalty to Jon Gruden. Although the team circles the drain in 2018, Davis remains steadfast in his loyalty to Gruden. While McKenzie may want to check Indeed and Zillow for fture homes.
“Where this team is right now is my fault. We have not been able to build a 22-man roster. We have not been able to give this team a chance to win because the reconstruction failed. We failed from 2014 on to have a roster right now.”
If you look past the attempt at martyrdom, once again Davis with the sneak shading of Reggie McKenzie. By labeling the reconstruction a failure, Davis puts the onus square on McKenzie’s shoulder. To be fair, Davis does make some sense here. First, Reggie McKenzie’s draft rank up there with some of the most atrocious in the league. Next, poor draft will hurt a team for depth in the long run. However, Davis completely absolves Gruden for shredding a roster, only to fill it with retread and older veterans.
“Jon wanted him. Everybody thinks that Jon’s the one who wanted to get rid of him. Jon wanted him badly. Why wouldn’t you want this guy? Reggie wanted him badly. And I wanted him badly, too. But, if in fact we were going to give the type of money that we were going to give to him, and we had Derek on that type of a (contract), how were we going to go ahead and build this football team, with all the holes that we had?”
Instead of pointing out Jon Gruden’s obvious lie during this interview, Davis doubled down. In essence, Davis and the Raiders chose a quarterback over a gamebreaking pass rusher. Like Carr did the previous season, Mack wanted an extension. However, the Raiders did not give him one. Whether you believe the Davis or possess an alternative theory, Davis chose Carr.
In essence, Mark Davis clearly outlined his vision. With Jon Gruden the de facto GM and personnel head, The Raiders will go as far as Gruden will bring them. If you are looking for owner interference, Mark is not his father.