Raiders owner Mark Davis visited the locker room after his team’s 38-17 loss to New Orleans. And after speaking with general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen, he talked to reporters.
“I apologize to the fans,” he said. “I’m embarrassed for ‘em. Because they live and die as Raiders fans, and I feel for ‘em, I really do. And we’re gonna get it right. If it’s for anybody, it’s for them.
“I feel the same way. I’m a fan. And I take responsibility for it, gonna get it right.”
The Raiders are 3-7 and have been outscored 135-69 the last three weeks in losses to Tampa Bay, Baltimore and New Orleans.
“I’m not happy,” Davis said. “But nobody in this room is … seeing progress week to week, would’ve been a happier time right now. But you know that’s still possible.
“You can’t blame it on the salary cap and all that. You have players and you coach ‘em and you play, you gotta be Raiders.”
The Raiders looked like they were turning their season around with back-to-back wins over lowly Jacksonville and Kansas City, but that turned out to be fool’s gold.
“I’m just saying right now I’m a little disappointed with the regression,” Davis said, “but like I say, they’ll fight. … And hopefully they’ll fix it. … I am patient but I want to see progress.”
Davis didn’t like the word “rebuilding” as he clearly had hoped the Raiders would follow up back-to-back 8-8 seasons with a playoff berth.
“I know that we didn’t have the talent, at the beginning of the year, to be a Super Bowl team,” Davis said. “I thought that we had definitely potential to get maybe in the playoffs and beat teams in our division. Obviously that hasn’t happened.”
Davis was asked if first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen get a pass this season?
“I wouldn’t call it a pass. They’ve got contracts, they’re gonna be here.”
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