According to Michael Silver of the NFL Network, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is on the hot seat in Oakland and will be fired if the team doesn’t show enough improvement over the final two games of the season.
While second-year Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is likely safe for 2013, coach Dennis Allen is very much on the hot seat. Going into Sunday’s game against Kansas City, a source familiar with the mindset of ownership said that the season’s final few games will be crucial toward determining the coach’s fate. If the Raiders are competitive and appear to be getting better, Allen likely will return. But if they get embarrassed, appear to be regressing and don’t look like they have a plan, Allen likely will be fired. The 56-31 defeat to the Chiefs was not a promising sign.
Silver also pointed out that things haven’t changed much since Mark Davis took over the team from his late father Al Davis.
It also seems that, even with Mark Davis running the team in place of his late father, the Raiders are still the Raiders. After Allen was hired for the 2012 season, most of his assistants were given two-year contracts. At the end of the season, McKenzie recommended to Davis that the contracts of the assistants retained by the team be rolled over for another year, so that they’d continue to have two years on their deals, as per NFL practice. Though McKenzie is allegedly in control of all things football, Davis rebuffed the request, meaning that numerous assistants (including defensive coordinator Jason Tarver) have contracts that are about to expire.