Patience Is the Prescription in Oakland

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Patience Is the Prescription in Oakland
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The Oakland Raiders have done a good job of becoming a modern NFL franchise in the past year. They must continue that trend, and that means owner Mark Davis needs to continue to stay in the background and allow the men he chose to run the football operations to do their job of digging the franchise out of the dregs and make it a viable NFL program. Davis took over primary ownership of the historic franchise in October 2011 when his father, the legendary Al Davis, died at the age of 82. Mark Davis, who benefited from the mentoring of several of his father’s trusted former employees, hired Reggie McKenzie to become the general manager, a duty his father essentially held from 1963 until his death. McKenzie then hired Dennis Allen to coach the team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2002 and is tied for having the second-longest playoff drought in the league...

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