The Oakland Raiders will enter Week 16 with a 4-10 record and a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of the coaching staff moving forward.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Raiders will evaluate Dennis Allen and the coaching staff in the final two games:
On #Raiders: Dennis Allen has 2 years left on his deal, front office is weighing how the team finishes. If it’s strong, he’s OK. If not…
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 17, 2013
With the Raiders facing two teams fighting to either get into the playoffs or for position in the postseason in the final two weeks, the chances aren’t very good that Allen will be able to make enough of an impression to retain his job. The Raiders will face the San Diego Chargers in Week 16 on the road and arguably the best team in the AFC in the Denver Broncos in the season finale in Week 17.
Needless to say, things don’t look good for Allen and his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson is the only member of the coaching staff still on the books for next season along with Allen making defensive coordinator Jason Tarver potentially expendable as well.
The fact owner Mark Davis and company want to evaluate the coaching staff to closeout the season doesn’t bode well for Allen and his crew. The decision may have already made by the team with the last two games only being a formality. The last game against the Kansas City Chiefs was an absolute disaster with the defense falling apart, rookie quarterback Matt McGloin showing some serious flaws and the team giving up a franchise-record 56 points.