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The Oakland Raiders surprised the football world when they hired an unknown defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as head coach, pledging to give him ample time to rebuild the team’s depleted roster.
Well, so much for a new era in Raider football, as they showed the same lack of discipline and mental mistakes that highlighted prior coaching regimes. Their lost to AFC West division rival San Diego Chargers spotlighted Allen’s inexperience as a head coach.
After losing long-snapper Jon Condo to a head injury, Allen never ordered his backup, Travis Goethel, to practice his snapping, even after a blocked punt and fumble led to easy Charger points. Instead, the camera showed Goethel standing on the sidelines conversing with his teammates.
Also, Allen never called for any play-calling changes by his offensive coaches, as they needed to get away from the short passing game once the Chargers added an extra defender to their pass rush. It was effective early in the contest, but after trailing by two touchdowns, the Raiders offense needed to challenge the defense deep with the long ball.