Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis expressed his frustrations over his team's performance to the press in the locker room two weeks ago, addressing the media after a 38-17 home loss to New Orleans.
Last Sunday, after a 34-10 loss to the Bengals, he did it again but this time with head coach Dennis Allen during the team's 4 1/2 hour flight home, Monte Poole of Bayareanewsgroup reports.
The conversation was described as "passionate'' but not confrontational and "spirited,'' but not heated.
"He just wanted (Allen) to know, from the owner, that we have to get better,'' was the way general manager Reggie McKenzie described it.
"I wouldn't say it was heated; the most heated I got was when we first got on the plane and I told him it's not good enough,'' Davis said. "And that's what I said. I told him not long after we boarded: 'It's not good enough.' I admit I was pissed off.''
Allen acknowledged the conversation was pointed. He also understood.
"He's frustrated,'' the coach said. "He wants to win; we all do. He's frustrated and he expresses his frustration. So he and I had a long sit-down on the plane and talked about it.''
Davis reiterated that he does not intend to operate as his father did, through fear and intimidation, with demeaning and often boisterous critiques. Nor would he call plays or design schemes or interfere in game plans. He recoils at the thought of talking inside football, as Al Davis routinely did.
He will, however, ask questions -- often those that would come from any other fan.
"He was asking questions and Dennis was trying to answer them,'' McKenzie recalled. "Actually, it was good because this was the first time they've really talked for any period of time after a game.
Davis said he was warmed by the conversation, largely because he caught a glimpse of Allen's intensity, something the coach has made an effort to conceal. Like many fans and some of the journalists who follow the team, Davis has been examining his coach for signs of disgust or intolerance for ineptitude.
"Honestly, I was happy to see some of that passion coming out of him,'' Davis said. "Frankly, I didn't know if it was there.''