The Oakland Raiders are 4-9 this season and have lost five out of their last six ballgames. Things may be looking bleak, but owner Mark Davis wants Raiders’ fans to exercise patience.
In an interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Davis expressed his belief that good things are coming in Oakland.
According to the report, the Raiders could have as much as $70 million in cap space this coming offseason to help consummate that belief.
“That’s when the de-construction turns into the re-construction,” Davis said in a phone interview according to Kawakami.
“It’s an exciting time for us. It’s also been a tough time for the fans, it’s been a tough time for me, it’s been a tough time for everybody. “But what do they say about patience? If you’re committed to something, you have to be patient with it.”
Oakland avoided another blackout for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs and have done so for 22 out of their last 23 games, despite not having a better record than 8-8 since their Super Bowl appearance in 2002. The fans are sticking around, and Davis believes the turnaround is finally coming.
“The re-construction is going to begin right after this season is over,” Davis said. “And we’re in a good position—with all the dead money, the cap stuff, the upside down contracts… they’re all gone.
“We’re in a strong position now with all that, because of we’ve planned and gone through this de-construction. And now we can go forward.”