Al Davis has been called many things in his legendary tenure as the managing general partner of the Oakland Raiders. Pioneer, visionary, revolutionary, and a number of things perhaps not suitable for print as well.
But absent and hands off are rarely included on the list … at least until now, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
Per Kawakami, the 82-year-old Raiders owner has not made one single appearance at the Raiders training camp at Napa, Calif., in the nearly three weeks since it opened. That is especially odd, considering the Raiders are breaking in yet another new head coach in Hue Jackson this summer.
Certainly questions of Davis' health and well-being factor in anytime he is not seen for so long.
But for now, on site at least, Jackson is getting the opportunity to run the show and put as much of his own stamp on the team as can be done in the long shadow cast by Davis.
Perhaps defensive tackle Tommie Kelly put it best though when he said, “The old man's always around even when he isn't around.”
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com