With the 2013 NFL season coming to an end with the loss to the division rival Denver Broncos in Week 17, the attention turns to the decision about head coach Dennis Allen’s immediate future with the Oakland Raiders.
Apparently, Allen believes he’s earned the right to return for a third season via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com:
Allen anticipates sitting down with Davis and McKenzie in the very near future, and believes he “deserves” to return.
“Yeah, I do,” he said. “I expect to be back, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come back. Those are decisions that somebody else is going to make, but yeah, I expect to be back.”
Over the past few months, the rumors have run rampant about Jon Gruden returning to Oakland for a third stint. Gruden hasn’t publicly said anything regarding a return to coaching on any level, but the rumors continue to swirl with the Raiders potentially ready to reach out if there’s a vacancy due to Allen’s potential firing.
After finishing 4-12 once again, Allen hasn’t made a great case to be retained. Although Allen hasn’t produced the wins or turned around the team in his two years in Oakland, the head coach really didn’t have too much to work with considering all the dead money and lack of talent on both sides of the football.
With all the money coming off the books, a high draft pick (No. 5 overall) and the ability to make considerable moves in free agency, Allen will finally have a team that can finally be rebuilt the right way. That being said, Mark Davis and company made ultimately decide to give Allen one more shot rather than starting over once again.