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Raiders' Mark Davis: 'Reggie's fine'

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, left, is "fine," owner Mark Davis, right, told the San Jose Mercury News. Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis told the San Jose Mercury News that his decision not to renew the contract of public relations director Zak Gilbert wasn't meant as a shot at general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Gilbert was let go by the Raiders after an April Sports Illustrated story on the team that was particularly critical of Davis' father, the late Al Davis.

"Reggie understands why I made the decision I made," Mark Davis told the newspaper. "Look, I understand what Reggie is trying to do. Reggie's fine. He's the one guy that I've hired. I've got to give him room to do his job."

Davis told the Mercury News that he believes Gilbert did his job with good intentions but his replacement must realize the importance of his father's legacy and work to protect that.

Davis told the newspaper he can handle criticism of himself and that his "only concern is winning."

"The Raiders will be great again. Write it down. The Raiders will be great again," he told the newspaper.