Mark Davis Will be Directly Involved in Raiders Coaching Search

By Vincent Frank

The Oakland Raiders next major decision as a franchise will be who to hire as the organization’s next head coach.

And it appears that enigmatic Raiders owner Mark Davis will directly involve himself in the process.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News summed up his brief conversation with Davis in a recent report. 

Davis is making it clear that he’s going to be involved in the coach-hiring process this time, maybe very involved. Which is different from the last time, when he left it up totally up to Reggie McKenzie, who hired Allen.

The reasoning behind this, Kawakami suggests, is that Allen didn’t feel a direct relationship with former Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, who was fired mid-season.

The issue here is that Davis doesn’t necessarily have any real experience handling the hiring process. He has also struggled when getting involved in player personnel matters since his father, former Raiders Owner Al Davis, passed away.

There is a sense of urgency to get it right this time. Assuming the Raiders don’t retain interim head coach Tony Sparano after the season, their next option will be the team’s 10th head coach since the 2001 season.