Joshua: Al Davis and Bud Adams were two of the NFL’s most iconic owners. Adams passed away on Oct. 21, 2013. Davis passed away on Oct. 8, 2011. During those two-plus years, what type of ownership transition occurred? How did it affect both Raiders players and management? Any advice you’d give to Titans enthusiasts who are uncertain about life after Adams?
August 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Jason Rivera (right), dressed as former owner Al Davis (not pictured), in the stands during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Chase: For the Raiders, who saw everything being controlled by the owner, it meant installing a staff that has guided an exciting rebuild under a first General Manager in Reggie McKenzie. Now with close to $70 million in 2014 cap space the Raiders are one of the teams on the verge of making a push to being a potential playoff team next year. Al Davis still gets remembered every time the Raiders step onto the field and I would hope that type of tradition carries over to Bud Adams, who like Davis was an iconic owner of the AFL alongside Davis and brought pro football to the state. He deserves to have the same kind of legacy with the Titans as Davis now has with the Raiders, who honor their great owner every time they step onto the field.