Posted by Ryan Wilson
Longtime Raiders owner Al Davis died last Saturday and now the team is in the control of his wife, Carol, and his son, Mark. And it's Mark who is seeking the counsel of others outside the organization as he searches for a general manager. Specifically, he has spoken with John Madden, Ron Wolf and Ken Herock, three NFL veterans who all worked at various points for the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Al Davis had spoken with Madden about returning to the franchise he once coached to help Mark run the team, but Madden told the New York Times last week that Al Davis never actually asked Madden to come back.
"You knew he was having problems but he was better that week than he was the week before," Madden told the Times. "He had trouble speaking and drinking. But it's Al Davis and he'd fight it. His mother lived to be more than 100 and I thought he'd fight and live to be 100."
Madden also told the paper that he spoke with Davis the night before he died and considered the face of the Raiders -- for good and bad -- "family."
"He was my best friend," Madden said, via the Times. "If I had one call to make, if I needed anything, the call would be to Al Davis. I lost the one-call guy, the mentor, the father, the best friend."
Wolf was the Packers' general manager in the 1990s, and Herock worked as a personnel director for three NFL teams, including seven seasons he spent in Oakland.
The day after Davis died, Oakland beat the Texans in Houston in a game that came down to the final play. Sunday is the first Raiders home game since Davis passed away.
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