ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen remained steadfast Monday in his belief that he will be retained and return to Oakland in 2014 for the third year of his four-year contract.
“I haven’t been told I won’t [return], and so I wouldn’t say there’s been any guarantees made,” Allen said in his season-ending news conference. “I’m moving forward in that direction. I fully anticipate and fully expect to be the coach of the football team and that’s the way I’m moving forward.”
I haven’t been told I won’t [return], and so I wouldn’t say there’s been any guarantees made. I’m moving forward in that direction. I fully anticipate and fully expect to be the coach of the football team and that’s the way I’m moving forward.
— Raiders coach Dennis Allen
Allen said he had already spoken with general manager Reggie McKenzie and was given an “indication” he would not be fired, though Allen has yet to meet with owner Mark Davis.
“Well, I’ve been given the indication that I’ll be back but I think it will be important for me and Mark to be able to sit down and communicate and talk about the things that we need to talk about,” Allen said. “But I have every intention of being back.”
And how does Allen anticipate the conversation with Davis going?
“Those will be things that I talk to Mark about individually,” Allen said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of things that he wants to talk to me about, there’s things that I want to be able to talk to him about, and those will be things that we’ll communicate on and we’ll move forward from there.”
Davis has remained silent thus far, but said recently that this was Year 2 of the Raiders’ “deconstruction” phase and was taking a wait-and-see approach to the final week of the season.
The season, though, ended with a second consecutive 4-12 record, with the Raiders losing eight of nine for the second straight year. Plus, Oakland ended the 2013 season with a six-game losing streak.
Oakland went a combined 2-14 on the road under Allen and has now lost 13 straight games in the Eastern Time Zone, dating to Dec. 6, 2009, while getting outscored by a cumulative 469-225.
Eight of those games have been under Allen, who preached discipline and progress.
Plus, the Raiders allowed 453 points this season, the second-most in franchise history behind the 458 points allowed in 1961. Points allowed is a team-wide stat but Allen was hired as Oakland’s first defensive-minded coach since John Madden in 1969.
Since 2000, the Raiders have had eight coaches — Jon Gruden, Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson and Allen — the most of any NFL team in that time frame.
Only the Jacksonville Jaguars, at 6-26, have had a worse record than the Raiders over the past two seasons.
The Raiders, though, were also hamstrung by some $50 million in “dead cap money” this season, and the roster reflected it. But Oakland will be out of that situation next season and should have upwards of $60 million to spend on free agents.
“Now we have an opportunity to build this team and build this team the right way, to build this team through a complement of draft choices that you can raise the way that you want them to be raised, in the culture that you want them to be raised in,” Allen said. “We’re going to have an opportunity to sign back guys through free agency. If we want a guy back, we’re going to be able to get a guy back, and we’re going to be able to go out there and acquire some talent off of other rosters that we think fit the mold of what we’re looking for, and we’re closer than what our record might indicate.”
Oakland also has the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2014.
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