Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen likely to be fired if team regresses in final two games

Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen reacts during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

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  • Chris Schroeder

    That makes absolutely no sense to fire Allan considering he’s been handed a team full of backup players with very few starters, and injuries to several of the key starters throughout the season to top it off. Next year when the Raiders have 70 million in additional cap spending and all their draft picks I expect a plethora of talent on this team and that will be Allan’s first real test as a coach. I mean, come on…. The Raiders don’t even have a true quarterback, no offensive line and. makeshift defense at best. The fact that Alan has kept his team and most of the games they have played this year, the Raiders should be giving him an award because most commentators had them pegged to go 0–16 this season and they could’ve very easily five or six of their losses

    • Ricky Bobby

      A team full of backups? WTF are you talking about? These players are upgrades over the overpaid wastes on the roster last season.

      DA is so stupid & BIASED he doesn’t realize the only guy that can save his job is the QB he has hosed the last 2 seasons.

      • Chris Schroeder

        DA is stupid and biased? Because…. He had what proven QB’s to work with? RM brought in Flynn, he wouldn’t have worked in the offense with little protection. Pryor was still developing with miles to go as a passer before he’s even ready to be considered a starting QB in this league, MM was obviously the best option when comparing stat lines over their starts, but he’s a undrafted rookie. Those are DA’s QB’s. Don’t forget the 4th round bust too. Still think it’s DA’s fault? that would be delusional considering they never had a proven NFL caliber QB on the roster. And yes… In case you haven’t done your homework, most of the starting rotation are former backups and played more snaps this year then ever before. This wasn’t a rebuilding year, it’s a evaluation year to see who will be brought back for the rebuilding year 2014, hence the 1 year contracts. DA has done his job, and it wasn’t to win, it was to evaluate. Clearly!!! He will be back and this time he will have true starters and depth, and they will compete in 2014/2015. That was the plan since the DA era began.

  • Darrell Campanella

    I agree you let him build some stability in oakland. Give him a short lease though if things do look good by week 8 next year something has to be done.

  • Ricky Bobby

    It makes perfect sense to fire DA: consecutive 4-12 seasons, the gross mismanagement of TP and the D quitting on him after his praise of MM & throwing the D under the bus to protect his “previos” MATT. Can’t wait until BLACK MONDAY.

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