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Mark Davis’ message to Raiders after Jon Gruden fiasco

Mark Davis, Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis addressed his team on Wednesday in the aftermath of Jon Gruden’s resignation.

According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Peliserro of NFL.com, Davis discussed the immediate fallout from Gruden’s bigoted emails surfacing, his close relationship with the Raiders’ former coach and why he selected assistant Rich Bisaccia as Las Vegas’ interim head coach. Despite the ugly controversy surrounding his team, Davis’ message to Derek Carr, Darren Waller, Maxx Crosy and company managed to be optimistic.

He discussed the timeline of events leading to Gruden’s exit, including multiple leaks of the coach’s personal emails in which he used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. He also talked about how close he was to Gruden, how difficult the situation was for both of them, and why he chose longtime Gruden assistant Rich Bisaccia as the right man to be interim coach as the franchise tries to move forward. He was, in the words of one coach, “all positive.”

Las Vegas, 3-2, in the Mile High City on Sunday for a crucial matchup with the division rival Denver Broncos. Both teams are trying to keep pace with the AFC West-leading Los Angeles Chargers, 4-1, while fending off the struggling Kansas City Chiefs.