Raiders owner Mark Davis likes what he sees regarding free agency and the draft as orchestrated by general manager Reggie McKenzie, going so far as to call it "phenomenal."

As for his assessment of coach Dennis Allen, Davis is circumspect.

"I'll let Reggie answer that," Davis said Monday at an exclusive interview at an East Bay restaurant. "I hired Reggie, and gave him the ability to build the football side of the organization, and results speak. That's where it's at."

The Raiders report to training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott on Wednesday, with the first practice Friday.

Davis has not strayed from the chain of command established in 2012. Davis hired McKenzie, McKenzie hired Allen. After back-to-back 4-12 seasons, Davis said it was too soon for any dramatic changes. McKenzie is working on a five-year contract, while Allen enters the third year of a four-year deal.

The Raiders lost their last six games of the season and had embarrassing home losses with defensive meltdowns in Week 9 against Philadelphia (seven touchdown passes by Nick Foles) and Week 15 against Kansas City (four screen passes for TDs by Jamal Charles).

"Talking it over with Reggie and the game plan we had when we hired him, I believed we still had to give it time," Davis said. "Obviously nobody's happy with the way that season ended ... this year is the year, there are no more excuses."


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Davis said the Raiders have repaired their salary cap and financial structure, added more talent and noted Allen got the coaching staff he requested.

Asked what would constitute progress in his mind, Davis wanted to see a team that competed, had the ability to finish games and had no tolerance for blowout losses.

"There were games last year where we didn't show up," Davis said. "The Kansas City game. One play four times? The same guy scoring four touchdowns? Philadelphia, seven touchdown passes? It wasn't there. That can't happen any more."

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