The fact he went 4-12 again, and the fact he works for the Raiders, made it natural to think coach Dennis Allen was on the hot seat this year.
But Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said that was never the case, even as speculation grew, telling Allen he had nothing to worrry about.
“I took it upon myself to just say, ‘Hey, man, all the stuff that’s out there, I don’t know where that’s coming from, but just coach these guys, let’s get going,'” McKenzie said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “It was not an issue with me. I understand how things kind of go in different directions when it gets toward the end of the season throughout the league when [people are] predicting who’s going to be in, who’s going to be out. I understood all that. But I wasn’t going to play into that.
“I wasn’t going to . . . put out a fire that wasn’t there.”
The Raiders knew there was a degree of raze that had to come before the rebuild, but the speculation about Allen’s status was normal. But with another chance, and cap room for McKenize to add players this offseason, there will be a greater expectation on both of them.