Oakland Raiders: How Much Should Dennis Allen Be Scrutinized Next Season?

Jul 29, 2013; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen at training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a rough 4-12 season, the Oakland Raiders are ready to make their mark in the NFL.

Lead by head coach Dennis Allen, the Raiders will have a lot more new faces to work with during the course of the year. Some of the new faces that are expected to start include guys like quarterback Matt Flynn, linebacker Nick Roach, and defensive backs Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins, and the legendary Charles Woodson.

Aside from those new guys, the team has also added young guys via the 2o13 NFL Draft like cornerback D.J. Hayden, and also some experienced veterans who will serve as backups, like Rashad Jennings, for example.

So it’s safe to say that the Raiders have improved their roster pretty drastically. But how much of the blame will head coach Dennis Allen take during the season?

Allen, the first defensive-minded Raiders head coach in a long time, served as the defensive coordinator for the elite Denver Broncos before he arrived in Oakland. I believe that Allen is currently working with a defense that has a lot of talent and potential. Their defensive backs and linebackers should know what they are doing out there and a defensive-minded coach like Allen should be able to succeed in bringing out all of the true potential that they have.

If the Raiders continue to allow teams to just easily pound in touchdowns against them then obviously Allen will take a lot of heat for it. Any head coach will. But with such a defense-orientated background and a talented defense behind him, fans may be lashing out at him even more.

It also goes without saying that any head coach would be heavily scrutinized if their team was struggling on offense and failing to put points up on the board. But a lot of this heat will be placed on new offensive coordinator Greg Olson, as he will be taking over the job of Greg Knapp, who produced horribly with the Raiders’ offense last season.

Allen will look to Olson for offensive strategies and I think a lot of pressure will be put on him. When teams struggle, fans always find someone to blame even though there are usually a lot of different reasons.

How much will Raiders fans blame Allen next year? Leave a comment below and share your opinion.

Topics: Dennis Allen, NFL, Oakland Raiders

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  • S&B_Attack

    If we have less than 7 wins, everyone will want DA’s head, if its 7 or more, he will be called a genius

  • Gregg Brennan

    Considering the state of the franchise when he and Reggie took over, progress is probably going to be a bit slow in coming, but it’s being made. If DA goes 4-12 again it may get him fired, but if he goes 6-10 or 7-9, he’ll be back as he’ll have shown demonstrable progress.

  • JuanCarlos EyeofPassion

    I know it´s tough to be patient as a fan, especially when we have had to live through a 10 year debacle. That said, there is no way the Raiders team can turn around in one year & highly unlikely that they can do it in two. There are just too many changes that needed to be made. I sincerely believe that the Raiders of 2013 are better, not only because of their additions like Woodson, Sio Moore, Hayden, but they are better by subtraction as well!! Gone is the McClain disaster & over priced / under productive starters like DWB & Huff. Sure they are OK but they are not winners. I predict the Raiders to be 6-10 or 8-8 this year. We will miss Carson Palmer, even if he has no heart. The man can throw the ball though. There are too many questions yet to be answered. Not everything will roll our way BUT we are headed in the right direction. My main thing, I just want to see the Raiders play hungry & compete every week!! If they can do that, the wins will come. Next year, hopefully DA is still around & Reggie will have alot more funds to build on the foundation they are setting now.

  • Angel

    Raiders aren’t playing that every couple of seasons, fire a head coach song anymore. DA will be around longer than we think.
    The only other head coach I would probably want over DA is Lovie Smith. But DA has football in his blood and doing a good job so far. He’s a robot and looks at players twice his size with a mean poker face. Put em in check DA. Just how McLain got his suspension, talking shit to DA. And getting rid of knapp. Well done DA. DA don’t play.

  • Hangtownie

    For this year – I think we should judge him by how the team plays and less on record. With that said, if this teams plays hard week in and week out the wins will come. I think we will surprise some people this year – Go Raiders!

    • JuanCarlos EyeofPassion

      I agree 100%

  • cehjr3h

    I personally think it should be based on his Coaching period. I said that to say he has to be willing to make changes and forget about any preconcieved notions that this or that player is my starter. He has to ensure that Coaches are doing their jobs and that the team is prepared. He has to set the tone for this team so that it reflects in their on field performance. With that said GO RAIDERS

  • Luis Hernandez

    I think now that the roster has been overhauled, and we now have guys that are hungry to prove their worth, both sides of the ball should see drastic improvement. The side that has seen the most turn over is the defense, which both Mckenzie and Allen had a part in signing. Now that they have cut a lot of the dead weight and signed players they feel will make an impact, there should be no excuse if our defense is bad. Allen should be held accountable if we get ran over every Sunday, being that he was a defensive coordinator before becoming a head coach. Our D should be the strong point of the team, given that it was Allen’s specialty in his time with the broncos. No excuses in 2013… Either way, we are on our way back to glory baby!