Source: Allen, owner at odds over assistants


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The fate of multiple Oakland Raiders assistant coaches has emerged as a potential sticking point in discussions between owner Mark Davis and coach Dennis Allen, whose future with the franchise remains uncertain.

Davis and Allen will hold an end-of-season meeting Tuesday, and the main topic undoubtedly will revolve around the coach’s vision for the future and realistic expectations for a team that has gone 4-12 in each of the past two seasons.

Allen wants to retain his assistant coaches with two-year contracts but has been met with resistance from Davis, who wants to offer one-year deals to the coaches, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Allen, who has two years left on his four-year contract, is expected to be retained. He said last week he did not expect a heavy turnover in his staff.

According to the source, only two of Allen’s assistants — offensive coordinator Greg Olson and linebackers coach Bob Sanders — are still under contract. The contracts of everyone else, including defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano and special-teams coordinator Bobby April, are set to expire.

Billed as a defensive-minded coach, Allen has been unable to significantly elevate Oakland’s defense. The Raiders finished 18th in total defense in 2012 and 22nd this season.

The 41-year-old Allen, who served as the Denver Broncos‘ defensive coordinator before coming to Oakland, is the Raiders’ eighth head coach in the past 13 seasons.

The Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002, when they went to the Super Bowl under Bill Callahan.

  • Covered Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years
  • Member of Pro Football Writers Association
  • Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated

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