The Oakland Raiders held their own for most of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday but they fizzled in the end and that could be fatal to the future of their head coach Dennis Allen. According to an NFL.com report from Michael Silver, if the Raiders fizzle again or show any signs of regression in their final two games, Allen is likely to be fired at the end of the season.
This doesn’t come as that big of a surprise as Allen’s job has been one to watch for most of the season. Oakland is in a crucial point in the franchises history as the losing has been occurring routinely since 2002 and Allen is just the latest in a long line of coaches who have been tasked with turning the team around.
While the team has shown flashes, overall this season has been another consecutive failure and it’s something that Raiders brass isn’t happy about. The black hole seems to only devour the Raiders playoff hopes each season and Allen now may have to pay for that. No one is asking Allen to make the playoffs this year, but things are so desperate in Oakland that ownership seems to just not want things to get worse.
Allen may still be fired even if he ends the season well, but we now know what he needs to avoid in order to have any slim hope of keeping his job.