Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen could very well be fired at the end of the 2013 season. NFL Network Insider Mike Silver suggests that if the Raiders don’t show any sign of improvement in the final two games, Allen will be let go after the conclusion of this season. Allen has compiled an 8-22 overall record with the Raiders to this point.
Oakland has now lost six of their last seven games and were embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday 56-31. The Raiders are at San Diego this week and finish hosting Denver in Week 17. Allen might have to really pull a rabbit out of his hat in the final two weeks to save his job.
In Allen’s defense, he has been working with a roster that is really devoid of talent. The quarterback position remains in flux and there is a serious lack of offensive playmakers. The defense has allowed 93 points in the last two weeks.
Most coaches get three years before they are considered to be on the hot seat while not producing on the field. One factor that could come into play is that Oakland is going to get ready to clear their books of bad past deals and will be an estimated $60 million under the salary cap next season. Oakland has a top-10 draft pick in the upcoming draft and with all the personnel decisions the Raiders could be poised to make, perhaps they would rather make those decisions for the long term with a different head coach.
Allen has managed four wins this season, but many of those wins weren’t over high powered teams. A win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week Two, A Steelers team that was struggling with a running game and offensive line issues in Week Eight and a win over the Houston Texans, a team that has lost 12 straight, in Week 11.
Oakland did have a 27-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week Five, San Diego is still in the hunt for a possible playoff berth.