December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Should Fire Dennis Allen


When the Oakland Raiders named Dennis Allen as their next head coach, I knew it was a move in the wrong direction. With other experienced candidates on the board such as Marty Mornhinwig, Mike Tice, and Todd Bowles, it did not make much sense for the Raiders to go after Allen. However, the decision was made, and a year later, the Raider Nation find themselves no better than where they were a year ago, in fact, they are significantly worse.

Allen finished his first season as head coach with a 4-12 record, which tied for third worst in the league. Although Allen had little to work with, a 4-12 record is unacceptable. However, despite the disappointing season, Allen will most likely be retained, because general manager Reggie McKenzie is tied to him. It would look bad to make a coaching change after only one season, and would certainly create a buzz on whether or not McKenzie is a good judge of talent.

With that said, I believe McKenzie should pull the trigger and cut his losses, even if it reflects badly on him. There are plenty of coaches available that would fit the Raiders culture to a tee, most notably Jon Gruden. The former coach and now turned ESPN analyst was widely known as “Chucky” during his tenure in Oakland. The nickname and his coaching style both fit the Raiders culture perfectly and revived the team to prominence.

Since Gruden’s departure, the Raiders have been a laughingstock, compiling an atrocious 60-116 record, including seven coaches: Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson, and now Dennis Allen.

Gruden was well-respected and loved the Raider Nation, and they in fact loved him back. When Gruden was working a game on Monday Night Football in Oakland, he had this to say;

“I am excited to be reunited with the fans. That environment always appealed to me.”

Whether the Raiders choose to stand by Allen or not, it remains clear, that a change must be made. And if they don’t, expect the number of losses to pile up, and the boo birds to continue to reign from the stands, because with quality of coaches like Chucky unemployed, the least the Raiders front office could have done is ask.

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  • Bernard Cole

    please get rid of Allen. They have nothing to lose, why not really start anew. For a team that struggled that much you need a veteran coach. Hail Gruden!!

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      I like your thinking Bernard!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vincent-Riolo/100001656626436 Vincent Riolo

    Look at the (limited) roster Allen had to work with. give the guy a chance to build something. I’m glad the coaching carousel has ended. Firing Allen would have just been more of the same ‘ol same ‘ol in Oakland and haters like Ryan Sakamoto would be bitching about that.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for your feedback.

    • james park

      that limited roster you speak of went 8-8 to 4-12 Dennis Allen did a bad job so he should be kept for continuity sake? Look at Norv Turner and the Chargers worked out.

    • http://www.basesandbaskets.com/ Elijah

      Haha fair comment. I’d add that Knapp is one of the main problems. My man DMC was a disaster this year

  • Charlie

    Dreaming, not going to happen, give Allen 1 more year, if after 5 games and still pitiful, then change should be made, change should of been made after 4 games last year with Knapp and other coaches that were fired, stubbornness and arrogance by both Allen and McKenzie ruled this past year. Hopefully, they will learn and grow from this, will shall see.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Charlie, it is indeed a dream. I don’t see how McKenzie will cut ties with D.A. after only one season. Knapp needed to go, I couldn’t agree with you more there.

  • http://www.basesandbaskets.com/ Elijah

    Mistake No. 1 was firing Hue Jackson.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      I agree Elijah!

      • http://www.basesandbaskets.com/ Elijah

        One more thing: if the Raiders can’t get Gruden, firing Allen is probably a bad idea. Trading mediocre coach for mediocre coach gets old after a while.

    • TJ

      what was so great about Hue Jackson?

      • http://www.basesandbaskets.com/ Elijah

        Maybe one game away from the playoffs with a bunch of guys who weren’t familiar with each other?