Raiders coach Dennis Allen said this week that he’s gotten “indications” from the organization that his job is safe and he is scheduled to meet with team owner Mark Davis on Monday to find out for sure whether that’s the case.
A report concerning the coaches on Allen’s staff suggests that Allen will be back. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Raiders are trying to give assistants with expiring contracts, a group that includes offensive coordinator Greg Olson and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, one-year extensions through the 2014 season.
That would set up 2014 as a crucial year for Allen and his staff after going 8-28 in their first two years. The group has had severe limitations because of cap problems and an overall lack of talent on the roster inherited from the previous regime, but there will be a lot of cap space this offseason and the excuses for a losing record will be less acceptable.
The same may be true of General Manager Reggie McKenzie, who also came to the team before the 2012 season and needs to show the same kind of progress now that the shackles have come off.