Raiders Plan for Future, Al Davis Memorial

John Madden and Tom Gamble rumored to be in lead to land job

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:31 AM PDT
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The Oakland Raiders will honor Hall of Fame owner Al Davis at their first home game since his death last weekend.

Raiders CEO Amy Trask said Tuesday that the team will "honor and pay tribute" to Davis throughout Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. There are no specific details about what is planned.

Davis died Saturday at age 82. He had been part of the organization for all but three of the team's 52 seasons as either coach, general manager or owner.

While the team prepares for the memorial, Trask said there is a chain of succession already in place.

Davis' son Mark Davis will take over the team and lead the search for a director of football operations or a general manager.

One man rumored to be in the running to take over the team is Mr. Davis' best friend, John Madden.

But Madden said this week he is uncomfortable speaking about his future with the team.

"Al and I were always close, and we talked a lot about a lot of things," Madden said Monday during a radio interview. "But I think a lot of these things are premature right now. It’s still (about) mourning the death of Al Davis, and he was such a great person to so many people and did so many things.

"For me, it’s rather harsh just to jump in from death to this ... I’m still thinking about ... it was just a week ago that I was sitting with Al. And he said to me out of the clear blue, ‘You know Willie Mays?’ And I go, ‘Yeah.’ And he goes, "I’ve lost touch with him. I would like to see him again.’ I was going to try and get a hold of Willie Mays and have him come to a game."

Anoter man rumored to be in the running to become the new general manager of the team is the San Francisco 49ers director of player operations, Tom Gamble.

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