Mark Davis has offered a very short first public comment since Jon Gruden resigned as the Raiders' coach. Gruden resigned after insensitive emails sent from himself to then Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen were recently brought to light in the wake of the NFL's investigation of the Football Team's workplace misconduct.
Davis was asked about the situation Wednesday morning, less than 48 hours after Gruden's resignation.
"I have no comment," said Davis, via ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "Ask the NFL. They have all the answers."
While his comments on Gruden were short, Davis did reveal that general manager Mike Mayock will have 51 percent of decision-making power on personnel moves moving forward, while interim coach Rich Bisaccia will have 49 percent. Gruden held 51 percent of decision-making power to Mayock's 49 percent during his three-plus years as the Raiders' coach.
The Raiders practiced on Wednesday for the first time since Gruden's resignation. Mayock addressed the media for the first time since Gruden's fallout on Wednesday afternoon. Gruden said that the Raiders remain "all-in" on the 2021 season. Las Vegas currently stands at 3-2 and in second place in the AFC West division entering Sunday's road game against the Broncos.
"He had a tough week," Mayock said of Davis. "Since the day I took this job almost three years ago, what Mr. Davis has preached has been three things: diversity, social justice and domestic violence. ... In regards to the Jon Gruden situation, we all respect his decisions and we're going to move ahead accordingly."
Davis re-hired Gruden to a record-setting 10-year, $100 million contract in 2018. Gruden went 22-31 during his second stint with the Raiders. He went 60-57 in seven-plus seasons as the Raiders' coach. The Raiders made two playoff appearances (2000 and 2001) under Gruden's watch. His second run as the Raiders coach included no playoff appearances and several controversies that included the trade of linebacker Khalil Mack and the bizarre Antonio Brown saga of 2019.
Adding in his 57-55 record with the Buccaneers, Gruden went 117-112 in 14-plus seasons as an NFL head coach. He went 5-4 in five trips to the postseason.