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.
While 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.