After finishing 4-12 this season and 4-12 in 2012, Oakland Raiders‘ head coach Dennis Allen is squarely on the hot seat.
Allen, however, has not been fired on “Black Monday” and expects to return for the 2014 season.
“I haven’t been told I won’t [return], and so I wouldn’t say there’s been any guarantees made,” Allen said in his season-ending news conference via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “I’m moving forward in that direction. I fully anticipate and fully expect to be the coach of the football team and that’s the way I’m moving forward.”
Not only does Allen want to return, but he thinks he can right the ship.
“Now we have an opportunity to build this team and build this team the right way, to build this team through a complement of draft choices that you can raise the way that you want them to be raised, in the culture that you want them to be raised in,” Allen said. “We’re going to have an opportunity to sign back guys through free agency. If we want a guy back, we’re going to be able to get a guy back, and we’re going to be able to go out there and acquire some talent off of other rosters that we think fit the mold of what we’re looking for, and we’re closer than what our record might indicate.”