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First-year head coach Dennis Allen has had a rough go at it in Oakland.
He's taken on a job that requires more passion that one can humanly give, and he is starting to realize how beloved this team really is to its fan base.
Unfortunately, his Texas swag and his mildly calm demeanor have made it difficult to adapt to a culture that revolves around toughness, grit and the willingness to fight on.
He was the first defensive-minded head coach the Raiders have had since the great John Madden, yet Allen is already doing something Madden never did: record a losing season.
Even with a defensive background, Allen has let his defense rank near the bottom of the league against the pass and the rush. The offense has staggered and has been completely one-dimensional all season long, and Allen's decision to bring in offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has hindered the Raiders' once-powerful offense.
Despite Oakland's struggles this season, Allen seems to be safe for at least another year. General manager Reggie McKenzie commented on Allen's job security in early December when the Raiders were 3-8. Via sfgate.com:
“I’m still pleased with Dennis. It’s like, I’m a rookie in this thing. Dennis is a rookie in this thing. So I’m sure he has some rookie mistakes but overall I’m happy with Dennis.”