Davis acts decisively in landing McKenzie


Davis acts decisively in landing McKenzie

He acted swiftly and decisively, and for that, Raiders owner Mark Davis should be applauded.Davis, in his first true act as Raiders owner following the passing of his father Al Davis in October, has agreed to hire the right candidate to be his franchise's next general manager in Reggie McKenzie. Because really, McKenzie should have been the first, second and third name on Davis' list.The hire was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who Tweeted the Raiders "plan" to hire McKenzie. It was later confirmed by ESPNWisconsin's Jason Wilde, who reported McKenzie texted to him his confirmation. The Raiders, meanwhile, have kept mum, which is their norm when things of this scale are underway.
McKenzie, currently the Green Bay Packers director of football operations, has paid his dues working his way in personnel matters from the bottom up in an iconic franchise. And while the Raiders have long been seen in a dysfunctional light, McKenzie brings stability, a presence and a certain regalness to an organization with a massive power vacuum at the top since Davis' death.Yet, he does not come in with a larger-than-life persona, or an ego that will marginalize coach Hue Jackson, though that should not be a concern in most circumstances. In fact, McKenzie is the low-key yin to the Jackson colorful yang.That McKenzie is family, so to speak, and not some outsider or carpetbagger also made him a no-brainer. He played four seasons with the Raiders, starting all 16 games as a 10th-round rookie linebacker for the 1985 Los Angeles Raiders team that went 12-4.And Davis has an affinity for the same players his father held in such high esteem. Media conferences with the elder Davis were must-see TV, if for no other reason than to see him unleash his fury in one second, his thought-provoking side the next, while being totally fascinating the entire time. This one, with Davis the son, McKenzie and Jackson on the dais will be the dawning of a new era.Of course, a formal introduction won't happen until the deal becomes official, which cannot become so until after the Packers' postseason run is done. That might take us through the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 -- unless, of course, the Packers agree to let him go before their season ends.In the interim, it will be interesting to see if McKenzie plans to bring along Eliot Wolf, the Packers assistant director of player personnel and the son of Ron Wolf, the former longtime Raiders executive who endorsed McKenzie from the start.The hire does not come without questions. How much true power will McKenzie hold over Jackson, who basically answered to no one on football matters after Davis' death? What about Jackson's decisions on the coaching staff, does McKenzie have any say on that before he officially takes over? And how much input will Jackson have on roster decisions going forward, especially since, as it stands now, the Raiders have only fifth- and sixth-round picks in the April draft, though some compensatory picks are sure to come their way.But those are all concerns for the near-future. For now, Mark Davis took care of the business at hand. And that was the most important aspect.

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing


Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.