Oakland Raiders: Dennis Allen already on the hot seat?

The Oakland Raiders have stumbled to a 4-10 record this season after a disappointing 4-12 record in 2012. After just two years in charge of the Silver and Black, could head coach Dennis Allen already be on his way out in Oakland? That’s the way it looks right now.

Dennis AllenWhile second-year general manager Reggie McKenzie will likely be safe, the 41-year-old Allen could be headed for the unemployment line, especially after Sunday’s embarrassing 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Owner Mark Davis apparently isn’t much different than his late father Al when it comes to sticking with head coaches. Tellingly, when Allen was hired, most of his assistants were only given two-year contracts. When McKenzie recently asked Davis to roll over those contracts for another year, Davis rebuffed that idea. That means most of the team’s current coaches are on contracts that are about to expire.

While the younger Davis has preached patience with his young team, internally he’s reportedly not pleased with where things are under Allen. Apparently he has expected much more from the team at this stage.

According to Michael Silver of NFL.com Davis has let his displeasure be know after losses, “sometimes behaving like a ‘petulant child’ on the team plane after unfavorable outcomes.” That sure doesn’t sound good.

If the Raiders manage to lose their final two games and finish 4-12 again, it might be difficult for Allen to convince Davis to keep him around. That said, with such a volatile owner, a young roster in need of major rebuilding and no viable options at quarterback, what coach would even want to take the head job in Oakland?

Allen may be fired after the season, but given the situation in Oakland it’s hard to envision him having done much better. The team and the franchise as a whole are both complete messes.

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  1. Hugh Jackson left at 8 and 8 and was moving forward. If anyone deserved a chance to continue, it was him. Thi young fella is the Second Coming of Kid Kiffin… McKenzie did not want a grown-up coach because it was his first shot… and so he hired a kid who would get on-the-job training… and has made excuses all along. Okay, the kid got his break… now hire an experienced coach. A bunch of guys out there would be better than this comfort blanket for MacKenzie… MacKenzie is an okay GM… but Allen is not top tier–and that is what this team needs. Even rehiring Hugh Jackson (which won’t happen)–would be better… but on real side? Go after a Bill Cowher, Lovie Smith, Shaw form Stanford–and why not take a shot at offering the moon to John Gruden… Chip Kelly’s doing fine… how about the head coach of FSU–or Auburn… anyone who’s run a successful program would be better than this fella… per in game decisions and adjustments… i wish him welll… but as an assistany coach for a few more years…

    • Yes it’s simple ALLEN has given up… The team appears to be dis hearten with ALLEN and his staff.. Make the change now… New LEADERSHIP “I LIKE IT MORE”

  2. Clueless article, the Raiders will have 70 mil in cap room and a top 5 pick in the draft. Plenty of people will be lining up to coach this team if Allen is let go.

  3. I wouldn’t say it’s clueless at all Matt. While there may be money to be spent, you still have to deal with Mark Davis, as well as the history of 7 head coaches in 11 years…..but yeah, people will just be dying to come to Oakland….think again dude.

  4. sportsdoctor says:

    The reality of the situation is that ownership is poor, management is poor, coaching is poor, and player personel decisions are poor. Lets just look at the QB situation. Carson Palmer (of the playoff bound Cardinals) and Matt Flynn (of the playoff bound Packers) were not good fits for the Raiders. Pryor was the man, even though he has no passing ability (see JaMarcus Russell) and is only a good athlete with no appearant position. McGloin was no major success at Penn State while the QB drafted from Arkansas was a good QB. Who makes these decisions? Matt Flynn had no arm, no range, so we were told (someone tell Dallas about Flynn’s shortcomings). In the end, this franchise has been in disarray since the 2002 Super Bowl. Callahan blew the game with a late change of the offensive scheme. Gruden (who knew what he was doing) clashed with Al Davis, and every since, the Raiders have been rudderless and lost. If you look at the last 11 seasons, the Raiders have looked nothing like the stellar franchise that bragged about the winningest record in all of pro sports, nothing that says Pride And Poise, nothing that demonstrates a Committment To Excellence, and definitley, no where near Just Win Baby. Sad to say, it is what it is.

    • While I agree that the ownership might not be to the level it once was, management is going in the right direction and I think coaching is as well. I was not if favor of parting ways with Carson, but look at the financial situation the team is in. They had to deal with 58.3 million in dead money! The cap is 123 million, take away 58.3 and you are left with 64.7 million for the entire team. That is absoulte crap. Name one other team with a payroll even close to that low. Hell the next closest team (Jacksonville) is spending 21 million more. Name one coach that could have done any better with what Allen has had to work with. If any of you out there honestly thought that we were going to compete this year you were just blowing smoke up your own a$$. I think that they have done pretty well (excluding this last KC game) to even field a team that was not blown out of every game this year much less win any at all. Right from the get go all this year was, was a big and long player assesment. So far from what I have seen of Allen, he has done alright. Not great, but not bad either given what he has to work with. That bening said I believe that he will be able to do better with a better team. The pipe dream of getting one of the greats out of the booth is exactly that, a big old pipe dream. They have all been offered better situations (lets be honst) and probably more money than Marc is willing to pay. It is going to take two to three years to rebuild this team from where we are right now. So just dig in and do not expect that we are headed to the playoffs next season, but do not worry we will get back there. And when we do, I can tell you that I do not want to be the team that we take 15 years of frustration out on.

    • Wow this is not true. Management is good. I think Mark Davis took a chase with the lost of Jackson, like his father with the lost of Art. Placing one win on the guy in GB come on man!!!!!.
      We the RAIDERS need good on the field leadership. Not a coach down by 3 scores with 8 minutes and kicks the ball on 4th and 2 yards. This staff could have made several better decision over the past two years. Time to win baby “I LIKE IT MORE”

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