OAKLAND (CBS Sports) — Just about a week ago, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, son of the late Al Davis, made some serious waves when he fired Zak Gilbert, Oakland’s public relations director and an employee hand-picked by GM Reggie McKenzie.

Gilbert was reportedly fired because the younger Davis didn’t like the way his father was portrayed in a Sports Illustrated article; then there were reports suggesting Gilbert’s firing put McKenzie on notice. Davis, however, is denying any such notion about McKenzie’s job security.

“Not at all. Reggie understands why I made the decision I made,” Davis said. “Look, I understand what Reggie is trying to do. Reggie’s fine. He’s the one guy that I’ve hired. I’ve got to give him room to do his job.”

READ MORE from CBS Sports on why firing the Raiders PR head was not a shot at McKenzie.

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