Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn’t in the mood to discuss his job security.
Amid talk that the Raiders may already be making plans to fire Allen and replace him with assistant Tony Sparano, Allen was asked today whether that kind of speculation can weigh on him. But Allen wouldn’t have any of it.
Here’s a partial transcript from Allen’s press conference today, via Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:
Q: I’m sure you’ve seen or have been made aware of the speculation about your job, the general manager’s job… Does that matter to you? Do you disregard it?
ALLEN: What matters is getting ready for the New England Patriots. And that’s all I’m going to focus on.
Q: Do you think you’re on a short-term time-frame now?
ALLEN: Listen, I’m getting ready for the New England Patriots.
Allen said he has talked to Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie, but not to owner Mark Davis recently. Davis is the man who will ultimately make the decision about how long Allen lasts as the Raiders’ coach. If Allen wants to impress his boss, he’d better take a cue from his boss’s dad, and just win, baby.