Raiders Fire Head Coach Dennis Allen
The Oakland Raiders were supposed to get better. They didn’t and just four games into the new season, their lack of success or progress has cost Dennis Allen his job.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports revealed that the Raiders have officially fired their head coach, sending the defensive-minded Allen packing after just four weeks into the 2014 NFL season. Allen led Oakland to a regrettable 0-4 start and ended his Raiders tenure with an 8-28 record.
How the Fall Began
Oakland had done a sketchy job of fielding a winning team for Allen, as GM Reggie McKenzie made questionable decision after questionable decision in a would-be effort to improve Oakland’s roster talent. While the team certainly has made some solid draft selections over the past several years, their potential has been arguably capped by over-priced veteran free agents that are possibly washed up.
Trading for former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was one clear gaffe, as was signing broken down former Jacksonville Jaguars running back, Maurice Jones-Drew.
While the big name signings clearly back-fired, the success or lack thereof for the Raiders had to start and end somewhere. It looks like for the moment that was with Allen, who never looked to be in complete control of this franchise and inexplicably could not get the Raiders to play solid defense despite defense being his specialty.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Allen will land on his feet with a coordinator position elsewhere in 2015. He’s a bright defensive mind that gained a ton of attention after doing a great job with the Denver Broncos. He might never become a head coach again, but he’ll go on to have a solid career.
As for the Raiders, firing Allen probably isn’t going to suddenly light a fire under this team. They simply don’t have enough talent for anyone to make much of a difference from a coaching perspective. They’ll likely continue to lose and probably will only win 1-3 games and compete for next year’s top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. They main objective going forward, then, will be to decide whether or not rookie passer Derek Carr is indeed the future of the franchise under center.
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