ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and owner Mark Davis will meet next Tuesday to discuss the team’s season and immediate future as part of its offseason protocol, a league source told ESPN.com.
“Dennis Allen is the coach until he’s no longer the coach,” the source said Tuesday. “The only people firing Dennis Allen right now are the media.”
Speculation has swirled about Allen’s job security in the wake of a second consecutive 4-12 season that ended with the Raiders losing six straight and eight of their final nine.
But Davis has also said that this season was Year 2 of a “deconstruction” phase and that the “reconstruction” of the team would commence this offseason with some $60 million in salary-cap space and a full complement of draft picks available.
Allen said Monday in his season-ending media conference that he had already met with general manager Reggie McKenzie and had been given an “indication” that he would return.
“I haven’t been told I won’t [return], and so I wouldn’t say there’s been any guarantees made,” Allen said. “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 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. But I have every intention of being back.”
The Raiders allowed 453 points this season, second-most in franchise history to the 458 points surrendered in 1961.
Under Allen, the Raiders are 2-14 on the road, and only the Jacksonville Jaguars (at 6-26) have a worse overall record than Oakland (8-24) in the past two seasons.
Still, Allen had an eye on the future and presumably can bring up several topics in his sit-down with Davis.
“Now we have an opportunity to 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. 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 [to competing for the playoffs] than what our record might indicate.”
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