On Tuesday, Raiders coach Dennis Allen reportedly met with owner Mark Davis. When the time for talking with Davis ended, Allen wasn’t inclined to do any talking to the media.
“I’ve got nothing for you right now,” Allen said while leaving the team’s headquarters in his car, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com.
“I’m not going to say anything,” Allen said in response to the question of whether he met with Davis.
Earlier in the day, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reported that the status of Allen’s assistant coaches had “emerged as a potential sticking point” in the discussions between Allen and Davis.
Gutierrez added that only two members of the coaching staff (offensive coordinator Greg Olson and linebackers coach Bob Sanders) remain under contract.
There’s a belief in league circles that, although Davis would like to upgrade the coaching staff, he doesn’t believe he can do it at a reasonable price — especially since Allen would be entitled to receive a buyout for the final two years of his contract (unless of course Davis breaks out the overhead projector and explains why Allen will be fired for cause).
This presumes that Allen wants to return. After two years of working for Mark Davis, Allen could be tempted to find a way to move on.