Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/10/13

When Oakland Raiders owner mark Davis abruptly fired Public Relations Director Zak Gilbert, many close to the team saw it as a reminder to the rest of the staff that they're officially put on notice to shape up or ship out. Jobs could be in jeopardy, especially GM Reggie McKenzie's. Looks like Reggie can breath a little easier. Davis sat down with Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group to set the record straight. "Reggie understands why I made the decision I made," he 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." Davis also touched on what it takes to be the new PR guy for the black and silver. While admitting that Gilbert did a god job, it was eventually his open approach to the media that was the total opposite of how the team ran things when Al Davis was alive that got him fired. The new PR director "must completely understand the significance of protecting the shield -- and, moreover, the man who built it and lived it until the day he died," Mark said.

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