Dennis Allen won’t address speculation about his job security

AP

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.

62 responses to “Dennis Allen won’t address speculation about his job security

  1. Exactly how he should have responded. Anything else pours gasoline on the fire the press is trying to ignite.

    As a Pats fan I’m not going to assume the Raiders will come in and lay down. They hate the Pats and usually play tough against them. This game is not a freebie.

  2. I’d can McKenzie before Allen. Allen didn’t make awful trades (trade and contract for noodle arm Flynn, let Palmer go for a Spam sammy and a twinkie, trade for Shaub, etc….), sign dinosaurs in FA, or draft like Millen.

  3. Leave the poor guy alone. It’s the Raiders. A dumpster fire of a franchise. No coach, no matter how good, is going to get that team to win. It will be the same for the next coach in 2015, the subsequent coach in 2017 and the new coach in 2019. The Raiders will be a perpetual turnstile of coaching and GM changes until ownership changes.

  4. Alexander III of Macedon (The Great), Julius Caesar, Ghengis Khan, and George Patton together couldn’t make the Raiders a winner with that roster.

  5. At least they will always be ahead of the cheerless.

    Maybe the bolts of fizz will catch up in the next twenty?

    Probably not!

  6. The best thing that could happen to Dennis Allen is being paroled from that crap fest known as the Oakland Raiders.Reggie Mckenzie has proven to be a crappy GM Mark Davis is just like his daddy,just as inept and absent minded.The city of Oakland should be buying that team the moving trucks and plane tickets to get that team out of there.

  7. Like it matters folks…

    Over the last 10 NFL seasons, the Raiders have lost the MOST games in the NFL.

    Dennis Allen was not around for most of that time folks.

    IT’S the Raiders… not Dennis Allen.

  8. What coach can win with that terrible roster? I feel bad for the guy. And then he has to bounce the win column back starting against the Pats?

  9. sportsfan18 says:
    Sep 17, 2014 7:51 PM
    Like it matters folks…

    Over the last 10 NFL seasons, the Raiders have lost the MOST games in the NFL.

    Dennis Allen was not around for most of that time folks.

    IT’S the Raiders… not Dennis Allen.

    0 0
    Just under twentyfive percent after 8-8 back to back seasons with Al’s over priced players.

  10. doctorrustbelt says:
    Sep 17, 2014 7:48 PM
    Alexander III of Macedon (The Great), Julius Caesar, Ghengis Khan, and George Patton together couldn’t make the Raiders a winner with that roster.
    _________________________________________

    strange comment bro. true, but strange

  11. I’m glad a bunch of nozzle headed “journalists” don’t show up at my work and ask if I’m thinking about getting fired or if I’m concentrating on my job. He has probably done as well up to this point as anyone could expect considering the mess he inherited,

  12. not much to speculate….win, and you are ok, lose and you are fired.

    Just like Al said…..”Just Win Baby!” Go Raiders!

  13. Maybe you shouldve stayed in Denver, either way I’m glad you went to Oakland, makes the beatdowns much more enjoyable

  14. They shouldn’t have fired Hue Jackson. The real reason he was fired was Al just died and Mark couldn’t bear having him around because Hue saw Al berate and bully Mark in several meetings. Mark was afraid that Hue perceived him as weak and would try to walk all over him. I have no idea if Mark Davis is weak, but he sure is incompetent.

  15. Throw the bomb. Keep the defenses on edge. Throw in a screen pass every know and then. Raiders are boring on offense and have no imagination whatsoever. This isn’t rocket science. Lots of teams are throwing deep to stretch the field, create better running lanes and opening up the middle of the field for the TE. A 6 or 7 yard pass is not going to scare any defenses. A change in offensive philosophy is about the only thing Allen can do to save his job. Al Davis at one time said he’d rather be feared than respected. Right now the Raiders are not feared and are not respected.

  16. humb0lt says:
    Sep 17, 2014 7:45 PM
    Leave the poor guy alone. It’s the Raiders. A dumpster fire of a franchise
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Hmmm, I wonder how many guys in the hall of fame today have stated as a child that they they always dreamt of playing for the chargers….exactly -zero…..wouldn’t even give the chargers the compliment of a “dumpster” which has meaning. I would call it more as a totally” insignificant” franchise.

  17. Hue Jackson was a scapegoat for team with terrible depth and dull offensive weapons (DHB, Denarius Moore, Michael Bush, and injured Darius McFadden).

    2003 Defense Rank: 25th
    2004 Defense Rank: 31st
    2005 Defense Rank: 25th
    2006 Defense Rank: 18th
    2007 Defense Rank: 26th
    2008 Defense Rank: 24th
    2009 Defense Rank: 23rd
    2010 Defense Rank: 20th
    2011 Defense Rank: 29th
    2012 Defense Rank: 28th
    2013 Defense Rank: 29th

    Yeah… it was ALLLLLLLL Hue Jackson’s fault.

  18. humb0lt says: Sep 17, 2014 7:45 PM

    Leave the poor guy alone. It’s the Raiders. A dumpster fire of a franchise. No coach, no matter how good, is going to get that team to win. It will be the same for the next coach in 2015, the subsequent coach in 2017 and the new coach in 2019. The Raiders will be a perpetual turnstile of coaching and GM changes until ownership changes.
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    You will not see humb0lt commenting on his hero “Gatesy” getting a weekly NFL honor. He’s too busy trolling.

  19. All the slams of “it’s the Raiders that is why they suck” should remember they sucked before Gruden for a long time.

    He turned it around pretty quick.

    He was not magic. There are other coaches would could do the same.

  20. Anyone defending Allen has got it all wrong. His team came out on Sunday and laid down from the first snap to the last play of the game.

    Regardless of roster, Allen doesn’t know how to make guys play for him. Week 2 and players are already throwing in the towel, you gotta go.

    A miracle win in New England buys him a few more games. Otherwise, pack your bags and be ready to catch your own flight back from London. Sparano takes over at the bye

  21. Besides the fact that the team plays in Oakland, what’s the only other consistent thread in the franchise’s embarrassing modern history?

    The ownership.

    As Davis Sr. declined, so too did the club. Davis Jr. is in no position to resurrect the team, and he can hire as many new GM’s or head coaches as he likes, and it still won’t change the fact that they’re cursed.

    He needs to sell.

  22. rocoop says: Sep 17, 2014 7:44 PM

    Lol..Raider fans blaming the coach again…Take a look at your dumpster fire roster….

    CHOO CHOO
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    Conversely, you can take a look at San Diego’s overall success rate. choo. choo.

  23. The Raiders have been a train wreck forever. Not to say Dennis Allen is an amazing head coach, but what has he got to work with? That roster is terrible and has been for years and yet the Raiders continue to fire coach after coach and continue to do nothing about the Roster. Raiders are pretty much late 90’s and early 2000’s Bengals right now. A dysfunctional mess.

  24. Need a coach who is good at both picking Coordinators (and filling in if needed) as well as Player talent. Gruden got guys he wanted, he had to fight Al for them, but he got them.

    Again, Gruden was not magic. We need a General who is a great talent evaluator (since our GM is not doing so great on his own) of both players and coaches. Seems like probably someone from college.

  25. Why address it? He knows he’ll be fired soon, and he’ll still be collecting a paycheck. He certainly hasn’t done anything to deserve to keep his job. He’s statistically the worst coach the Raiders have ever had going back to before Al Davis took over with it in the late 60’s. Now, chew on that.

  26. Good luck if they try to throw deep against NE’s secondary..not going to happen. May be Patriots best secondary ever.

    Raiders need Patriots to lay down, take them for granted, or it’s 0-3.

    That won’t happen w/Belichick there either. 0-3

  27. I am blaming our roster plain & simple. I’m sorry but Mckenzie has only helped our salary cap, but he has not secured young talent to multi year deals. No one and I mean no one, could make this team better with our talent.

  28. I wish the Raiders would just have at least one good season. I have a bunch of their collectibles and them sucking makes it hard to sell any of them.

  29. Right. The Raiders lay down vs. Pats, Allen gets fired and Sparano takes over right before they go to London and play, you guessed it, the Dolphins, whom Sparano would love to beat in another case of vengeance (his first game as OC of Jets vs. Fins in 2012 was a Jets victory…must have paid Dan Carpenter to blow the game winning FG). Why the Raiders hired this fist-pumping and incompetent OC is beyond me…Since they haven’t beaten Fins in years, this so-called strategy makes sense…

  30. This coach has only done as much as he can. Time to let derek carr call his own plays and also coach the team. He’s that elite and good. I saw him torch the legion of poon. They should be 2-0 win him at the helm

  31. Any one who says that Allen doesn’t have any passion or fire on the sideline must of ever heard him miced up. I actually like the guy as a head coach. The offense of game scheme is trash and the defense is soft. Yes it is his job to make sure his coordinators game plans are solid which they are not. Maybe he needs to do more micro managing.

  32. Above all else, the Raiders need a GM who knows what he’s doing. The downward spiral began when Al Davis became senile in his later years but McKenzie has no such excuse.

    Bring in a new GM who has some track record of accomplishment in the league in the SAME capacity. Then let him choose a new HC.

    As for the current situation, it looks like another lost season. There’s fan clamoring to elevate Sparano, but I see absolutely no advantage in that as Sparano was a complete failure as a HC in Miami. I’d let Allen stay for the remainder of the season as it would show that he was given a reasonable period of time (3 years) to succeed before being let go….this would be a signal to the good HC candidates out there that the Raiders position isn’t the revolving door it was under Al.

    (and for those who have fond memories of Hue Jackson…he lost 4 of his last 5 games, threw the players under the bus (shifting blame for his own coaching inadequacies) and the Carson Palmer trade he executed was one of the worst deals since the Vikings’ trade for Herschel Walker)

  33. Hue Jackson was the best coach we had since John Gruden and he got canned after going 8-8. I don’t want to hear anything about how he gave up to much for Palmer either. He didn’t have the luxury of having Carson for a full off season. My belief is that Carson Palmer would have had a great season in 2012 if Hue was still the coach. Hue knows how to make players better on the offensive side of the ball. We should have kept Hue Jackson I said it then and I am still saying it. The only thing that the Raiders needed was a good defensive Coordinator. Hue got a raw deal period. I am glad that Bengals gave him another opportunity to call plays. The Bengals will compete for a Super berth out of the AFC the reason will be because of Hue Jackson. He will take the pressure off of Andy Dalton because he will run the ball.

  34. Allen is just a side story. Big picture is that McKenzie has been there long enough now where there should be signs of progress, yet they’re still the same cobbled together mess of a roster he inherited. Different names, but the same general problems.

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