Posted January 07, 2014

Report: Raiders head coach Dennis Allen’s job appears to be safe

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Dennis Allen is Oakland's eighth head coach in the past 13 seasons. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Dennis Allen is the Oakland Raiders eighth head coach in the past 13 seasons. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen appears to be headed toward a third year with the team after speculation about his job security, according to ESPN.com’s John Clayton.

According to Clayton, Allen was at odds with team management about his assistants and the length of their contracts.  

Allen, whose contract ends in 2015, wanted the assistants to receive two-year contracts. Instead, a number of assistants chose one-year deals, according to the report. 

Allen, 41, has led the team to identical 4-12 records in his two seasons with the Raiders.  The team has not made the playoffs since 2002. That year they lost in the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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16 comments
JohnKoehl
JohnKoehl

The worse organization in professional sports. Some 80+ games under .500 since their SB appearance in 2003 and nowhere near the playoffs in the last 11 years. Add to that they are the only NFL team who plays in a multipurpose dump of a stadium that they share with the Oakland A's. I mean they still play early season games on a baseball diamond. Little Davis has no clue as to what the h.ll he is doing so look for the misery to continue. Believe it or not they have the gall to still hang those stupid Commitment to Excellence banners in the stadium. Incredible. 

youngnorth77
youngnorth77

This is what everybody said the Raiders should do, keep there coach, they said that they always had to much turnover, I personally don't think it's a good decision but I don't matter just like the rest of the Raider fans based on the way the organization has been ran, but anyway, obviously this is a defensive decision so don't go out and get a QB it's no point in drafting QB's if you have a defensive minded coach who can't teach the position, and he's keeping the same coaches who can't teach the position based on the QB's they already have so I'm assuming the first round draft pick is going to be a highly rated defensive player are a offensive lineman and we seen how that turned out last year, all I can say is it's going to be another long year

Chuckster
Chuckster

It's the Raiders....  OF COURSE they'll keep him and fire him next season. The will draft Clowney and he will bust.  Life near the bay will continue as normal.

80kdot
80kdot

Keep him.  This is the year he gets to prove himself.  The previous 2 seasons were a write off.  Don't act like you didn't know that.  

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Raiders look like they are trying for the Pittsburgh Pirates old futility streak...it takes a team effort and Dennis Allen will do his part

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

WHYYY!!... He should of never been hired in the first place! He supposedly is a defensive minded coach yet the defense has regressed since he arrived if that is even possible. I dont want to hear that he has nothing to work with. Jacksonville supposedly had nothing to work with yet you could see an improvement in one season under Bradley. Oakland will pull in a decent free agent haul and if they do draft Clowney, I dont see this idiot and his defensive coordinator Tarver, who should have been fired after the last game of the season, doing anything viable and we fans will endure another under .500 season.

LeeHill
LeeHill

The team has so many players, especially in the secondary, so out of position on so many plays they look like minor leaguers playing the World Series champions in too many games (i.e. against Foles and Manning et al).


The guy needs to go. Team is poorly coached and shows no improvement. The two coaches before him had 8-8 records and at least seemed to be building. They took two steps back with this guy, and possibly the GM as well.

CamelClutch
CamelClutch

*If nothing else, he is consistent. Raiders will take Clowney with 5th pick. Prepare to draft in top five again in May '15

estebanrza
estebanrza

@youngnorth77 I completely agree.  I get it they want some consistency, but I just don't buy Dennis Allen as a head coach.  To be honest I'm having strong doubts about RM.  He has drafter very poorly, and I fear that he makes another horrible 1st round pick.  I hope they play it safe and draft the best player available.  Either Clowney, Barr or Watkins.  Given how strong the AFC west has become, it might be along season next year. Hopefully they get their $hit together. 

80kdot
80kdot

@Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask Oakland beat Jacksonville.  Also, they finished with a better record and with $50 million in dead money.  Of course Oakland's defence is going to be in shambles!  Chimdi Chekwa 3rd stringer forced to start after injuries.  What do you really expect?  You think so many quality coaches were lining up to take over during the 2 year deconstruction phase?  Get real, bud.  This is the season where the coaches get judged.  

80kdot
80kdot

@LeeHill Are you even aware of what the real situation was in Oakland for the past 2 years?   Get informed.  You people are ridiculous.  

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

change Clowney with Manziel, the rest is correct

LeeHill
LeeHill

@80kdot@LeeHill Yes, I am absolutely aware. I've been a Raider fan since the 70s. I know Cable finally got that team to 8-8 while having to deal with Jamarcus Russell and Al wanting to start him. I think he should have been retained to finish the job he was doing in finally making them respectable again. I know Huge Douglas worked behind his back to get his job, pulled off the horrible Palmer trade and thought he had done the best deal ever and went 8-8. I know Allen went 4-12 two years in a row and didn't improve on the two 8-8 years. I call that 2 steps back. So yeah, I know the situation probably better than you. Get informed yourself.

Craig9
Craig9

@LeeHill@80kdotIt was Hugh Jackson, not Hugh Douglas. HD was a linebacker for the Eagles. 


This whole franchise was screwed by Crazy Al's desire to forget the future and work on the present at all times. He knew he was dying soon and wanted to see the Raiders make one last run of it. It's hard to build a winner in the NFL when you're constantly making moves for the present. Great teams are built over several years, not a few off-season moves.


I don't know if Dennis Allen is the right guy for the job or not. He did some seemingly good things at the beginning of the year, and yet, like last year, the Raiders looked like chumps down the stretch. I'm willing to give dude one more year. If they don't improve, I have no problem giving him his walking papers.


I also believe that Reggie McKenzie should tread lightly. Picking Hayden over guys like Star Lotulelei was ridiculous. At least they traded down though. Had he picked him with the original pick, I would have gone absolutely bonkers.

RoderickDaniels
RoderickDaniels

@LeeHill You do realize that the players from those 8-8 teams are gone? Do you realize that the team had nine, yes nine new starters on defense because of salary cap issues? And you do realize that the majority of those new starters were brought in for the simple reason they they were able to be acquired on the cheap. Yes, the team has taken a step back, but it's not Allen's fault. The GM has said from day one that the first two years would be bad. This off season, the Raiders have the most money of any NFL team to spend.