Dennis Allen Fired as Raiders Coach: Latest Details, Comments and More

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 30

The Oakland Raiders released a statement on the firing of Dennis Allen. "After thorough evaluation, we have determined to move in another direction," general manager Reggie McKenzie said. "We appreciate Dennis Allen's dedication to the organization and wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future."

They also announced Tony Sparano has been named interim head coach:


The Oakland Raiders have named Tony Sparano as the team’s interim head coach. http://t.co/2T1TN0Eh21 http://t.co/fe0btakoq3

Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride provides details on McKenzie's conversation with Allen:

Levi Damien @LeviDamien

McKenzie: "I had a good talk with Dennis... I appreciate everything he's done. He worked hard, very diligent, but I had to make the move."

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com passes along more from McKenzie, who spoke about his role in the Raiders' struggles:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, asked how much is his failure: “A lot of it rides on me. I brought Dennis in to win. That didn’t materialize”

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News relayed what will determine McKenzie's fate:

Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

Mark Davis spoke at length after the McKenzie/Sparano presser, made it clear that the rest of the season will determine the GM's fate.

The Raiders and Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle provide Sparano's comments on the challenge ahead:


"Everyting is doable, it really is. I've been part of those turnarounds before, I have the utmost confidence." Coach Sparano.

Vic Tafur @VicTafur

Sparano: "I do understand the right buttons to push. I believe we have the right players here."

Andrew Siciliano and Marc Sessler of NFL Network have more from McKenzie:

Andrew Siciliano @AndrewSiciliano

Reggie McKenzie: "I do believe what we put together this offseason was a roster that could win."

Marc Sessler @MarcSesslerNFL

McKenzie: 'The conversation with me and Mark (Davis) are focused on the here and now. ... As far as my job, we're not talking about that.'

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports the Raiders have not determined who the next coach of the Raiders will be:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

#Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie: "Yes, I will hire the next coach. Now, who that is? I'm focused on today." Revisit that later.

Original Text

After a miserable start to the 2014 NFL season, Dennis Allen is out as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported news of the team's decision Monday night:

Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

Breaking: Raiders have just informed Dennis Allen he is fired.

The Raiders confirmed the news according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times:

Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL

#Raiders confirm that coach Dennis Allen was fired Monday night.

Henry Wofford of Comcast SportsNet reports on the status of GM Reggie McKenzie:

Henry Wofford @HWoffordSports

Raiders have confirmed that Reggie McKenzie is still the GM of the Oakland Raiders.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports on how Allen was fired and the three candidates to take over as interim coach:

Ed Werder @EdwerderRFA

Source: GM Reggie McKenzie informed Dennis Allen he was being fired in a phone call. Three candidates: Tony Sparano, Greg Olsen, Al Saunders

ESPN's Josina Anderson spoke with receiver Denarius Moore about the decision. "I don't know how I should react," Moore said. "I have been through it before. There's nothing new, but at the same time you have to think about the season that is ahead.... I mean whatever Mark Davis feels he needs to do. It's his team."

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While it is strange for an NFL coach to be fired just four games into the season, this move was hardly unexpected. Oakland has been one of the worst teams in the league this season, going 0-4 with a minus-52 point differential. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have a worse mark (minus-94).

On Sunday, the Raiders showcased their struggles internationally, losing 38-14 to the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports gave his opinion on the organization:

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

bad to worst for Raiders - Carr out with knee injury, bad snap returned for TD. 38-7 deficit. Hard to see Dennis Allen surviving the bye

After two 4-12 seasons coming into the year, Allen has put himself in rare territory for coaching futility, according to Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports:

Eric Edholm @Eric_Edholm

Among NFL head coaches 36+ gms, only 5 have a worse winning percentage than Dennis Allen's .222. #Raiders http://t.co/cF8pRzxsDe

With the team heading into a bye in Week 5, it only made sense to make the switch at the top right now. This gives the squad time for the interim coach to implement changes and put his stamp on the team before the Week 6 matchup against the San Diego Chargers.

While rookie quarterback Derek Carr has shown promise, as have a number of other young players on both sides of the ball, it seems clear the Raiders are still a long way from contention no matter who is in charge. 

Hopefully for the organization, the team will be able to at least show signs of life before the end of the 2014 season.

Allen, 42, joined the Raiders in 2012 following his one-year stint as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. It's unlikely he'll get an immediate opportunity to serve as head coach for another team in the near future, but he should have no trouble latching on somewhere as a defensive assistant or coordinator.

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