"Let me say this - no one could have brought in more personnel than we brought in the last two or three years to help a football organization," Davis said. "Norv Turner didn't complain about it. Jon Gruden didn't complain about it. You can go all the way back to John Madden."
Davis in his history lesson neglected to mention Gruden's problem with the Raiders wasn't that Davis didn't bring in enough players. It's that Davis wielded a heavy hand when it came to the final roster, as well as the choice of assistant coaches.
After two consecutive division titles, negotiations over an extension of his contract following the 2001 season fell apart over two issues. Gruden did not ask for a general manager's right to acquire personnel or run the draft. But he wanted the final say over the personnel Davis brought in - the power to choose the 53-man roster. He also wanted to select his own coaching staff.
He got neither. And he was eventually traded for draft picks and cash to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In the wake of Turner's dismissal, Davis made it clear his personnel decisions were not a problem. Given that he was already discussing whether Mike Martz was a viable candidate as an offensive coordinator before he had hired a new head coach, Davis will continue to dictate much of the coaching staff as well.
Regarding his current staff, still in place other than Turner, Davis said he doubted any of them would be interviewed for the top job, but said, "I would think several of them would stay."
Turner, as diplomatically as possible, said he expected no change in the way the Raiders operate.
"Mr. Davis is going to be involved in terms of personnel, evaluating players, those types of things, and that's certainly what he has done his entire career," Turner said.
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