OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The passing of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has left many questions regarding the future of the franchise.

Davis was not just the team’s owner; he also had his hands in many of the day-to-day operations, including drafting and signing players.

Cam Inman, who covers the National Football League for the Bay Area News Group, said he did this with a cloak of secrecy around the entire franchise.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

“The biggest secret right now that we’re all trying to uncover is who is going to be running the Raiders,” he said.

During an interview with Davis about five years ago, Inman asked Davis who he envisioned taking over the franchise when he was gone. His immediate answer was that it would stay in the family.

“His son Mark is not the football operations, hands-on guy that Al Davis was,” Inman said. “They (his family) may take over Al’s majority stake in the Raiders but who is going to be in charge of the personnel. Who is going to be in charge of picking the players for the Raiders?”

Inman said he believes team CEO Amy Trask would make a good fit since she’s been running the business side of things for several years now.

He also said that there will likely come a day when the team starts moving away from the Al Davis-brand of football, which focused on fast receivers and strong-armed quarterbacks.

Davis passed away on Saturday at the age of 82.

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