It may have taken the Oakland Raiders longer than some of the other teams in the NFL, but they have finally provided clarity on the status of head coach Dennis Allen. After a day of speculation and reporters waiting outside of Raiders headquarters in Alameda, California, Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area received confirmation around 11pm on Tuesday night that Allen would in fact be returning as head coach of the Raiders.
Davis said that the meeting went well and that it was nothing more than end of the year protocol and that he found the media coverage of the meeting to be entertaining. This is both surprising and not surprising at all if you are a Raiders fan. The Raiders have a long history of being tight-lipped about what goes on behind closed doors. But more so than that, the Raiders not only allow rumors and innuendo to spread, they dodge any attempt to clarify or end the rumors until they are ready.
If Mark Davis was entertained by how the media covered the meeting with Dennis Allen, he has himself to blame. He had the opportunity to clarify things and confirm Allen would be back a week ago during a conversation with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Rather than do that, Davis remained as vague as possible, allowing, if not encouraging speculation to occur as everyone awaited the meeting with Allen.
Now all that is left for the Raiders is to figure out what the rest of the coaching staff will look like. While the Raiders have not confirmed any extensions or departures, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that offensive line coach and assistant head coach Tony Sparano will be leaving to take a job with Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That may not be the last change to be made to the Raiders assistant coaching ranks, but when we will find out what the final staff looks like is anyone’s guess. Only Mark Davis knows that.