After his team dropped to 0-4 with a blowout loss to the Dolphins in London, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he’s going to stay the course. Even amid talk that today’s game could be his last.
Allen said after the game that he’s not worried about losing his job and expects to remain the head coach.
But Allen may simply be in the dark about the plans of Raiders owner Mark Davis. In fact, Terry Collins of the Associated Press tweeted on Sunday night that Allen is fired and an announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. There was no elaboration on that report, and it raises some questions — including why the Raiders would wait until Tuesday to make the announcement if the firing has already happened. About 45 minutes after he tweeted the news, Collins deleted the tweet without explanation.
Collins apparently decided not to stand behind his reporting, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Allen does get fired. In fact, it’s been reported for weeks that the Raiders could fire Allen during their bye this week and hand the job over on an interim basis to assistant coach Tony Sparano.
Several Raiders players were asked after the game whether they think Allen’s job is safe, and most of them said they didn’t know. Right now, no one knows, except for maybe Mark Davis. And he isn’t saying anything publicly. At least not yet.
UPDATE: The AP reporter has retracted his report.