The Oakland Raiders have not confirmed that head coach Dennis Allen will be back in Oakland in 2014, but it is looking more and more like that will be the case. The latest news that hints he will return is that according to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are looking to give one-year extensions to their assistant coaches, including both coordinators Jason Tarver on defense and Greg Olson on offense.
Some, including former Raider and current sideline reporter for 95.7 The Game, Lincoln Kennedy, assumed that if Allen was kept on one of the coordinators would likely be fired because as he put it, “someone has to pay for a 4-12 season”. If all of the assistant coaches are being retained for a year, it would be a rather big vote of confidence for Allen.
In his end of the season press conference, Allen said that he would like to keep his coaching staff together and now it appears as though he will get his wish even though he still has not met with owner Mark Davis.
But at the same time, it also sets up Allen for a do or die season in 2014. The extensions are reportedly only to be for one year. Even though Allen has two years remaining on his contract, it is beginning to look like next season will determine whether or not he gets to finish out his first ever head coaching contract.
There is something to be said for continuity ... on the other hand, Greg Olson ????
I'm one of these sad Raider fans hoping for Gruden, but instead I get another year of ... crap.
@RaidersReporter future article hopeful? Vick vs Freeman which is better FA for Raiders
@RaidersReporter I'm nit sure Olson was a major issue as much as Oline shuffle WR and a WR playing qb because you had no choice
@RaidersReporter more mandate than confidence. You get 1 more yr to get er done or else.
@Texasraider21 haha I think thats the first time I've gotten a request for a topic. Sounds like a pretty good one to me, see what I can do.
@Samiam2112 Dont think he was necessarily a problem, but I do feel like he could be upgraded. I woulda even liked Sporano as OC...
@RaidersReporter cool think one will be in Oak next yr, 1 concern bout Freeman is possibly drinking issues
@RaidersReporter oh no I wouldn't go see who was the worst rated OC 2012 Sporano was that dude
@RaidersReporter oh crap I meant our old fucker my bad but no Norv been there done that threw up and got the tee shirt
@Samiam2112 He is a terrible bad head coach, not a bad OC. Browns overachieved b/c of him this season. They tried to tank and Norv said NO!
@RaidersReporter stop beating the dead horse of Norv that dudes hasn't stepped up by now there's a million reason one of them is he won't
@Samiam2112 I still think Sparano would be a better play caller and I think Norv Turner would be a huge upgrade. Probably others too.
@RaidersReporter who the best OC and you can't interview until after the playoffs
@Samiam2112 That is true and its the reason Im not upset abt him not getting canned. Just thought there was an opportunity for an upgrade.
@RaidersReporter and Olson is known to be good with young QBs and we may draft another
@Samiam2112 Didnt win a lot but did have the one very good year. But the Mia front offices are screwey and he had some bad rosters later on
@RaidersReporter what did he win? I'll wait so while all these people clamor for Gruden we have his OC here right now lol!
@Samiam2112 LOL come on now. You cant blame someone for sucking when saddled w/ Mr. Butt Fumble HAHA. His offenses in Mia were pretty good