Mark Davis on Jon Gruden: “Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

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Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t seem to be very happy about the events that resulted in the resignation of coach Jon Gruden.

Via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, Davis was asked about Gruden’s departure on Wednesday.

I have no comment,” Davis said. And then he had a comment.

“Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

That’s a clear indication of frustration over the perception/reality that the NFL pressured Davis to fire Gruden, or Gruden to quit under threat of termination. Indeed, after Davis received some of the emails, he didn’t fire Gruden or pressure him to resign. It was only after someone leaked some of the emails to the media on Monday (following an initial leak on Friday) that the situation became untenable.

It’s fair to wonder whether Davis would have kept Gruden if the emails hadn’t been leaked. Given the loyalty Davis showed to Gruden even when Gruden was 19-29 through three full seasons and wasn’t remotely close to the host seat, that’s not a stretch.

Davis wants to win, and he surely believed Gruden helps the team more than Rich Bisaccia or any other interim options. Now, Davis seems to be miffed at the NFL for selectively utilizing otherwise confidential materials from the Washington Football Team investigation to force Gruden out.

48 responses to “Mark Davis on Jon Gruden: “Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

  1. considering who his dad was, and that it’s Davis family 1 NFL 0, this could get interesting fast.

    the NFL has got an issue on it’s hands.

  2. I’d be fuming if an investigation into a completely different organization’s culture and practices (or malpractice, really), an organization with a different owner, located all the way across the country, ended up with the head coach I gave a 10 year contract to having to resign, and the shadow that casts over my team. And then the NFL says they won’t even release the rest of it? Yeah, I’d be pissed to say the least.

  3. This is so terrible. They’re just words. it wasnt that long ago a person could say sorry and that was enough.

  4. Somebody needs to ask why the CFO, Team President, controller, etc. also resigned back at the end of July. There seems to be more going on here besides the email from Jon Gruden. Or maybe these other 4 executives who left knew about this email issue.

  5. Bravo Mark. This was an absolute hit job by the NFL. This story wont be going away anytime soon.

  6. On the one hand it seems clear Davis is unhappy to see Gruden go but on the other hand he just saved $60 million and 6 more years of Gruden taking the team nowhere. I doubt Davis sees it but their odds of success over the next 5-10 years just went up considerably.

  7. curtis20 says:
    October 13, 2021 at 2:06 pm
    This is so terrible. They’re just words. it wasnt that long ago a person could say sorry and that was enough

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    It isn’t so much the words that got him forced out. The idea that a man who has a mindset that would feel comfortable with racist tropes and anti gay language in a room full of black men and and at least 1 confirmed gay man, could still lead them and be respected? Not a chance. If these emails had been known before he was hired and he seemed sincere in his apology, maybe. But not now. Perhaps not ever.

  8. Raiders need to hire Jim Caldwell or a similarly screwed African American candidate.

    Jim Caldwell did literal wonders/miracles with the Lions organization. And let’s be honest, the Raiders are not that much better than the Lions organizationally.

  9. “That’s a clear indication of frustration over the perception/reality that the NFL pressured Davis to fire Gruden, or Gruden to quit under threat of termination.”

    More likely it’s a clear indication of his desire to not say anything stupid or reveal anything, while redirecting his audience to the office authority on the matter.

  10. Translation: The other NFL owners pressured me into doing this because they were mad about Gruden said about them.

  11. Davis is vying for an Academy Award. How DO you get rid of a losing coach 4 years into a 10-year contract? Make him resign, maybe?

  12. Surely Bruce Allen wasn’t the only person in the NFL who Gruden corresponded with via email. I wonder who else is sweating right now?

  13. I gotta tell ya the more I see the way Mark conducts himself, the more I’m impressed…..except for his barber.

  14. What Jon Gruden stated in an email was wrong! However the question now is; Does the NFL have liability in releasing the statements after eleven years? Does Gruden have a liable law suit against the NFL for releasing confidential information related only to the Washington Football Team?

  15. Seems to me Mark should sue the NFL for his new head coach search costs. He would not incur those if the NFL maintained the privacy as expected.

    Sending inappropriate photos cannot be tolerated by a top executive in ANY organization much less one with $400 M in sales and valued in the billions.

    The NFL could have asked Davis to do something AFTER the season. There was no rush. The NFL decided to force this issue now and damage the season for a member club. Why??

  16. The fact these Gruden emails were selectively leaked and the league refuses to disclose the rest tells me Gruden was targeted. And they are covering up for others.

  17. Just some of the old guard (a certain town in western PA) extracting some revenge against how Al beat the rest of the owners. Complete hit job.

  18. gruden sent the emails….. why weren’t the responses from the washington football organization to gruden also released?

  19. Since Roger decided Gruden needed to go and “leaked” the e mails. Maybe they should “leak” all the e mails and lets see what else is going on specifically Goodell.

  20. What a cess pool NFL is. I hope they all get exposed. Hope Jerry Jones is forced to sell the team.

  21. If we get access to Gruden emails, the first word I am deep searching is “hair cut.” You know that Gruden had a few things to say about Mike Davis’ haircut.

  22. I guarantee there are emails in there that detail how the owners colluded to keep from over spending the uncapped 2011 season, which is why they will never see the light of day.

  23. I won’t miss Gruden and his stubborn, outdated playcalling. They could use a new coach who is more modern. Problem is, that’s not easy.

  24. I would like to see everyone’s e-mails leaked so we can compare them all. You know who I would trust the least? Anyone with squeaky clean e-mails that don’t say a word out of place.

  25. Ask the NFL…And while you’re at it, tell them thanks for getting me out from under a 60 million contract and a mediocre coach…

  26. I see people commenting about “if Al Davis was still alive,….”. You know what? If Al was still alive, he would not have had the fanboy hero worship that Mark Davis has/had for Gruden, and would not be in this same situation in the first place. I cannot imagine Al would give a 10 year contract to any coach, and would have booted him already based on not winning enough.

  27. Maybe Davis should take a page out of dad’s playbook and sue the NFL for damages, violation of privacy, unfair business practices or whatever else he can think of. They clearly targeted Gruden, thereby targeting the Raida’s.

  28. Brian Grayson says:
    October 13, 2021 at 5:11 pm
    I would like to see everyone’s e-mails leaked so we can compare them all. You know who I would trust the least? Anyone with squeaky clean e-mails that don’t say a word out of place.
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    So the employees who behave like professionals are the least trustworthy?

  29. Gruden did not just walk away from $60 mil. I guarantee there was a settlement somewhere in between that amount.

  30. Breaking ranks? Davis did exactly as the NFL wished. Breaking ranks would’ve been keeping Gruden and telling Goodell to suck it up buttercup.

  31. $60 million divided by 31 teams is about $1.935 million that each team will pay Gruden to have him resign and make themselves look good/feel better.

    They had better pay that man his money or this will never go away.

  32. Davis should have taped the phone conversation with the NFL pressuring him and released it to the media.

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