What I’m about to say is in stark contrast to the headline of this post.
The season is over for the Oakland Raiders. There really isn’t much to play for…expect your job of course.
We’re at that point in the season where it is almost more preferable to see the Raiders lose horribly with Terrelle Pryor than lose miserably with Carson Palmer.
It’s that time of year where we’d rather find out who is going be a player next season than to keep running the same guys out there this season.
It’s also that time of year when coaches start to feel their seats get warmer with each lackluster outcome.
For Dennis Allen his job seemed safe no matter how bad things got until Mark Davis channeled his father a put the coaches and players on blast. Davis is none-too-pleased with the product on the field which leaves many to wonder if either Allen or even Reggie McKenzie could receive a pink slip after just one year in Oakland.
While Davis pretty much said Allen isn’t going anywhere a loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns on Sunday could change that tune.
It’s hard to believe but a late November game between two 3-8 teams is actually a must-win for Oakland.
Should the Raiders again rollover like they’ve done in the previous weeks it will be a sweeping indictment on the entire coaching staff. It’s one thing to get rolled by a legit contender such as Baltimore. Quite another if it’s a team fighting for draft position.
Of course another sleepy start followed by a furious comeback such as what we saw against Jacksonville will also reignite the talks of Allen’s job security. But at this point a win is indeed a win and the Raiders need one badly. This Sunday provides the Raiders with their best chance of snapping out of their four game funk.
Anything other than a win will be viewed as a failure and potentially the final nail in Allen’s coffin. It will also spell the official end of this season for the Silver and Black. A loss Sunday will leave this team with absolutely nothing to play for.