NFL: 4 Coaches Who Will Be On the Hot Seat Next Season

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Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

May 28, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen at a press conference during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are rebuilding, and it doesn’t help to keep changing coaches. However, that doesn’t mean Dennis Allen is safe.

Matt Flynn was brought in this offseason to pilot the offense, but if the Raiders finish at the bottom of the pack again, they’ll be picking high in the NFL draft.  That wouldn’t be good for Flynn, who would likely be replaced by a rookie signal-caller in that scenario.

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and San Jose State’s David Fales headline a stellar quarterback class, and the Raiders should be able to nab one.

Flynn is a dangerous passer with help around him, but the Raiders failed to provide him with help this offseason. Allen’s Raiders went 4-12 last season, and with uncertainty at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, poor defensive linemen and linebackers and average cornerbacks, there are ample reasons to bet against the Raiders.

Running back Darren McFadden is injury-prone, and the Raiders don’t have a proven option at quarterback. That should lead to the downfall of Allen and the beginning of another new era in Oakland.

And that era would include a new quarterback and a new coach.

The Raiders are rebuilding, but Allen isn’t experienced and wasn’t able to take the Raiders anywhere despite having an average quarterback in Carson Palmer last season.

Oakland should be able to improve upon its four-win total from last season, but it’s not making the playoffs. Unless Flynn surprises everyone and shows that he has what it takes to lead the Raiders far in the future, Allen will be let go and the Raiders will embark on another new journey.