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COHN: Raiders owner expresses frustration, preaches patience

  • Oakland Raiders safety Mike Mitchell tackles New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram during the fourth quarter of their game in Oakland, on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND -- A significant thing happened after the Raiders lost to the Saints 38-17, after they dropped their third game in a row by a combined score of 135 to 69, after their record fell to a hopeless, hide-your-head-under-the-pillow 3-7.

Mark Davis, son of Al and current owner of the team, entered the silent, mostly empty, very gray locker room. He stood in the area where the offensive linemen get dressed. He made it clear he was available to talk, made it clear no questions were impertinent or off-limits. He wanted to — needed to — get something off his chest. There he stood.

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The reporters got to work and he worked with them.

Are the Raiders rebuilding?

"I don't know what the word would be," he said, looking for the word. "I know that we didn't have the talent at the beginning of the year to be a Super Bowl team. I thought that we had definitely potential to get, maybe, in the playoffs and beat our division. Obviously, that hasn't happened."


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