Mark Davis is taking the blame for his team’s disappointing start.
In an interview with ESPN following Oakland’s 20-6 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, the Raiders owner admitted the franchise’s woes fall on him.
“I always look in the mirror, and the buck stops with me,” Davis said. “Where this team is right now is my fault. We haven’t been able to build a 22-man roster. We haven’t been able to give this team a chance to win because the reconstruction failed. We failed from 2014 on to have a roster right now.”
The trades of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for future draft picks made it clear the team is facing a rebuild. Furthermore, only 11 of the team’s 50 selections from 2012 to 2017 remain on the roster. Despite the questionable moves made under the direction of coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenize, Davis assured he won’t be making any personnel changes.
“I understood it was going to be a lot of work, but Jon has a 10-year contract,” Davis said. “I know how hard Jon Gruden works. I know how much he wants to win. And how much days like today are killing him. Having Jon Gruden here was the endgame for me. Jon’s going to be the stability here. Jon’s going nowhere. That’s just the way it is.
“We failed. I have failed. But at the same time, we wouldn’t have been in the great position we were in without Reggie McKenzie being here.”
As the Raiders prepare to relocate in Las Vegas, Davis is determined to give the city the winning season it deserves before their departure.
“I feel so bad for the fans because they want to win. And believe me, there’s nothing more I want than to win and there’s nothing more Jon wants to do than win. Reggie wants to win. Everybody in this organization is built around winning,” Davis said. “We don’t have the tools right now to do it and it’s nobody’s fault but our own and when it comes down to it, it’s my fault.”
The Raiders (1-8) are next slated to visit the Cardinals (2-7) at 4:05 p.m. ET in Week 11 action.