Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is squarely on the hot seat, and this latest development can only be described as incredibly concerning for Allen’s future in Oakland. In fact, it’s the strongest report against Allen yet, but it doesn’t exactly come as a surprise either. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Raiders owner Mark Davis rejected Allen’s request to have his assistant coaches receive extensions in the final year of their contracts, and this move shows that Allen is undoubtedly on the hot seat. His job security is totally up in the air, and it’s going to take two strong performances against two tough teams in order to help Allen keep his job.
The Raiders face the bitter rival San Diego Chargers today, and Allen will be hoping for a repeat performance of the upset win the Raiders had on national TV the last time these two foes played. Next week, the Raiders will have to face off against the indomitable Denver Broncos. Although Davis is likely just hoping that the Raiders can remain competitive in these games, I’m sure he and Allen especially will also be looking closely for an upset win, particularly against the Chargers today.
There can be no doubt now that Dennis Allen is on the verge of getting fired, and the patience in Oakland continues to wear thin. We’ll see if Davis has mercy on Allen, and anything can happen; Allen could very easily be fired or retained on a whim by Davis. With the Raiders currently riding on a four-game losing streak, nobody can envy Allen’s position.