Mark Davis thanks Jack Del Rio for “building foundation”

AP

Jack Del Rio announced after the 30-10 loss to the Chargers that Mark Davis had fired him. The Raiders owner confirmed it an hour later with a statement.

“We appreciate Jack’s effort in building the foundation of this team for the future,” Davis said, via a statement issued by the team. “Thank you to Jack, his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Aubrey, for their important contributions to the Raiders and our local community in Oakland. We wish them all the best.”

Del Rio, 54, finished his three-year career in Oakland with a 25-23 record. His departure creates a vacancy that Jon Gruden could fill with a return to the NFL and a return to the Raiders, a team he coached from 1998-2001.

22 responses to “Mark Davis thanks Jack Del Rio for “building foundation”

  1. Davis did the right thing by firing him. Will Gruden actually return to the NFL? With his tv contract, he doesn’t need the stress, so why bother?

  2. So, if Gruden ends up coaching the Raiders and wins, we can say Gruden won with Del Rio’s players and maybe put to bed that Gruden won with Tony Dungy’s players int Tampa Bay. Sound good ?

  3. Whoever coaches this team is going to be successful only if Reggie McKenzie can get the right players. We make so much of who the coach is, but the guy responsible for getting the players actually is the one who determines wins and losses.

  4. The son of Al Davis is just as quick to make bad decisions as his Dad was. Del Rio is a good coach, they had adversity and could not overcome it this year. Mark Davis is a tool and will have a team stuck in mediocrity for many years to come, you have to have consistency, this fool thinks he should win the superbowl every year without putting in the work and effort of building a solid team with a good coaching staff – not fair to Del Rio. Sorry Raiders fans your owner is a tool!

  5. “foundation”? Lol. Anything was an improvement over the garbage the raiders were putting on the field for the past 20 years.

  6. I don’t know the backstory, but Mark Davis owes Jack Del Rio more than a short “statement”, especially after the way the team quit on him today. “Happy New Year Jack, you’re fired.”

    NFL= “Not For Long”

  7. I’m not a Raider fan but I do think Del Rio is getting a raw deal. His team had a bunch of injuries and you can’t the blame the coach when their franchise QB doesn’t pay up to his new contract. They also got zero production from the RB position. That’s not on the coach.
    I do love Gruden though and remember him here in the bay area years ago. the fan base was crazy for him and he’ll certainly be a boost for when they move to Vegas.

  8. suncawy says:
    December 31, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    So, if Gruden ends up coaching the Raiders and wins, we can say Gruden won with Del Rio’s players and maybe put to bed that Gruden won with Tony Dungy’s players int Tampa Bay. Sound good ?
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    That would be like saying Del Rio won with Dennis Allen’s players last year. LOL. Dungy’s defense was top 5 for years and years. Del Rio never put a stamp on this team and probably got too much credit for Carr’s 4th quarter comebacks last year. This roster is in flux, and whomever coaches the team next year better put their stamp on it and give it a true identity. The riverboat gambler bet the farm and lost this year.

  9. needless to say the Raiders under achieved this year. Especially on offense. I don’t think there will be a lot of changes. For the most part the raiders were clearly out coached time and time again, which was evident by the number of 3 and outs on their first possession, and evident again by the 3 and outs to start the second half. No halftime adjustments what so ever. Downing was clearly Del Rio’s downfall, and he should of been fired when Ken Norton Jr. was…If so maybe Jack would still be coach.We also know you don’t fire a coach as he is walking into the locker room unless you have somebody else already lined up.

  10. Gruden and his agent have played hard to get for so many years just waiting for someone dumb enough to offer them something outrageous. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Mark Davis. Same reason this guy cant land a wife and has 2 failed engagements. Sad story

  11. Mark Davis misspoke, he should have said,

    “Thank you to Jack, his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Aubrey, for their important contributions to the Raiders and our local community in Las Vegas.”

  12. If Del Rio “built the foundation” then Son-of-Al has surely been successful in burning it down again. So much for his initial promise when he inherited the Raiders to “never interfere” in personnel or coaching decisions that are the GM’s responsibilities.

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