I was told tonight by a pretty good source that Dennis Allen will likely not be back as #Raiders coach next season
— Eddie Borsilli (@Borsilli) December 18, 2013
Coming into the season, the Oakland Raiders seemed to be just trying to get their financial ship in order. General Manager
Reggie McKenzie basically just worked to purge the roster of bad contracts and dead money, so the team has been pretty lean in terms of what they could put on the field. Now, the Raiders are negotiating with Jared Veldheer to a long term deal as someone they can build around and could have the money to work to keep Lamarr Houston in Oakland as well.
One might have thought that Dennis Allen was safe due to the fact that he was stuck with slim pickings in free agency and making up for bad draft picks and trades from the past. That does not appear to be the case if reports like this one from Eddie Borsilli, a producer at SiriusXM NFL radio holds to be true.
Given the talent on the field, the questions will inevitably be what did not work with Allen. It would a be really tough sell to say that he simply did not win enough games. Is there an issue between the coaching staff and general manager or are the Raiders simply hoping to make a bigger splash in terms of head coaches? There will be a ton of questions forthcoming if this happens as the Raiders have been such an unstable situation with head coaches and this would certainly not help.