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Oakland Raiders should give Dennis Allen and staff another year


As the Oakland Raiders find themselves at 3-6 thru nine games again, in their second season into their post Al Davis era, some have started to question the jobs of the coaching staff. Reggie McKenzie will get the full 5 years of his contract to get this team turned around. Mark Davis has said so, time and again in every interview he does. I think Dennis Allen and his staff should get another year to show he deserves a stick around, beyond his four year contract that expires after the 2015 season. Why? Well let me tell you.

Injuries and Depth

With the cap situation as it was, this team came into the year with zero depth across the board and couldn’t afford any injuries. I think its worth noting that the Defensive improvement has come with a squad that has not had to deal with many injuries.  The offense on the other hand, has been decimated along the line with injuries since camp started. I don’t think it’s an illogical connection to think the offense would be drastically better than they have been if not for those injuries and lack of depth. The offensive line is the only thing holding this team back.

Offensive cohesion

Everyone and their mother knew Gregg Knapp was not the right hire in 2012. For whatever reason ( lack of other prospects, stupidity), Dennis Allen brought him in and it cost him a year of development. Then comes in Greg Olson who is respected within NFL circles as a bright guy, who tailors his playbook to his players. Olson spent the offseason preparing a playbook for Matt Flynn, with a small package for Terrelle Pryor. It appears Olson has not had the time or confidence to increase that package for Terrelel, as many of us have confirmed in our complaints on how predictable the offense seems each game. I want to see what Olson can do developing a whole playbook for Terrelle and spending a whole offseason with him. As Coach Allen stated in his press conference the other day, Terrell is their Quarterback and they are going to see how many games they can win with him. I also expect to see Reggie add some significant pieces on this side of the ball this offseason.

Defense

This staff has put on the field the best Raiders defense in last 10 years. Yes, that might not be saying much, when a middle of the pack defense is improvement, but it’s worth noting. They are getting more out of their players than the rest of the league and show be commended for that. This marked improvement, with a staff in their second year, bodes well for their future if they get that chance.

Salary Cap Heaven

No more salary cap hell, so the shelves can be stocked with talent. With an estimated $60M+ of salary cap room next year, the Raiders will be able to bring in a wealth of playmakers and solid depth. This staff has improved the defense despite the restrictions and one would think both sides of the ball can be drastically improved with their new cap freedom. The salary cap was the last built-in excuse and now it’s gone. Lets see what they can do.

Next year, there will be no more restrictions. They draft picks are all there. They sent a 5th round pick to Seattle for Matt Flynn and are due a conditional draft pick from AZ for Carson Palmer. My guess is that pick is at least a 5th rounder. The salary cap is clean and has tons of space. I think Dennis Allen and his staff have done enough to warrant an opportunity to work next year with this new-found wealth. Regardless of how the rest of this season plays out.

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  • Bob

    This is fine, but with the product put on the field this year, I will not be buying season tickets next year and I have had season tickets since 1995. So, the Raiders can do what they want with staff, but I won’t be buying tickets.

  • Kunimitsu Tekken

    I don’t blame you one bit Bob. I’m at the end of my rope.

  • Bob

    Good way to put it. The last two games showed me that nothing has changed.

  • Angel

    Unless we can get aggressive, punch you in the mouth coaches, Jon Gruden or Lovie Smith. Dennis is our guy. He’s a worker. Go Raiders

  • Scoobz

    Win Lose Or Tie
    Raaaaaiderrrrrs Till I Die
    I’m a true raiders fan and as long as I’m blessed to afford it I’ll have my season tickets no matter what happens now let’s just do what we gotta do to keep our boys in Oakland
    RAAAAAIDERRRRRRRRS!

  • Phil Mokate

    Way to have the back of Raider Nations true fan base. I have watched them win all 3 superbowls and I am at the end of my rope to, but I do see improvement and I will never give up on my Raydas!! Looks like your Donkey carriage is stopping to pick you up? Good luck with that trader!

  • Phil Mokate

    I could not agree more. I believe in this coaching staff. It is the best we have had in over 10 years and RM has doe a hell of job with the mess he just cleaned up. Now its buy and fly time! We need the whole organizational to stick together until it becomes a well oiled machine. We need stability for once!

  • Phil Mokate

    That’s how I feel about all you Rayda hatas! “COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE” JUST WIN, BABY!!!

  • Bob

    I just won’t buy season tickets and drive five hours round trip to watch bad football anymore. I will root for them, but not financially support bad football anymore. I’ll check back with you after the Titan game when they have a good chance to be 3 – 8. OBTW, I’ll be at the Titan game.

  • Angel Becerra

    Bring back Tom Cable and Al Saunders.

  • Eerie Pop Ind

    This guy is on Crack Cocaine cut with absolutely NOTHING! Purified BLOW! Are you kidding me man? Dennis Allen is NOT a RAIDER! And that other guy below me saying that he blessed to be able to afford tickets so no matter what he buying tickets? Cmon man!? Guys like you are not helping the cause! The Raiders have not been competitive since Al Davis made the mistake of his entire life by shipping Jon Gruden off! You people talk about that “Stupid Bowl” and how Gruden didn’t win it cause he had Dungy’s team? Give me a G*damn break! Gruden won because he played him self! He built a monster and he knew everything! And then he dismantled the monster that he built! He didn’t win using Dungy or anyone else’s team! Sure if ya wanna get down to the nitty gritty he used “a team” that a year before Dungy coached and if it were any other team aside from Oakland that he had beat I would understand these stupid theories but is was HIS TEAM that he beat! This is utter B*ll sh*t to the highest degree! do not buy tickets! DO BUY ANYTHING! WE DESERVE BETTER PRODUCT! AND JON GRUDEN IS BETTER PRODUCT THAN DENNIS ALLEN OUT RIGHT!! I am not buying RAIDERS anything! Jon Gruden was/is a stone cold out right 100% GENUINE BAD ASS and Al Davis (RIP) caused this mess because of pride and ego! And now Mark Davis is trying to rectify his Father’s ONE HUGE mistake by possibly bringing back Gruden and people are going to bitch about this? COME!! ON!!!
    FIRE ALLEN NOW! Hire Chucky back! And if Reggie can’t fit his big ass in the same house as Gruden? Give him walking papers too! Done deal! Play offs to follow and maybe even the big DAMN dance!
    PRO-CHUCKY HERE! NUFF SAID!

  • Eerie Pop Ind

    AMEN MAN! Good 4 you!

  • Eerie Pop Ind

    True fan base? Cmon man! Do you think any of the players think of us first thing in the AM? When is the last time Mark Davis called you up for beers and dinner? You deserve a better product! Do not sell your self short! BOY COT! Get Gruden home now!

  • Eerie Pop Ind

    Bob! You make damn good common sense my man!

  • Eerie Pop Ind

    Lovie Smith? Punch you in the mouth? GRUDEN is a throw back! Only Cower obtains that type of swagger! Lovie Smith? PRO-GRUDEN!

  • Eerie Pop Ind

    ME! 2!

  • Eerie Pop Ind

    Nothing has changed ya know why? BECAUSE DENNIS ALLEN AINT! NO! COACH!

  • Scoobz

    Eerie pop ind you mofo u ain’t no daym Raiders fan and I appreciate you not wearing or buying anything with my raiders logo you wearing anything Raiders is like putting a shit stain on a bad ass Raiders jersey keep your band wagon ass on the sidelines or buy a FUKN donkey jersey so your shit stain can look like shit on a shitty jersey or better yet go to Indiana like your name says with this bullshit. It’s mofos like you boycotting and shit that’s going to run our Raiders out of town. All I’m saying is I’m a die hard Raiders fan and no matter what I’ll be there for the good the bad and unfortunately the FUKN bad. RRRRAIDERRRRS oh yeah take weak ass fake raiders fan bob with your punk ass

  • Scoobz

    A chump I hope u get a chance to read my post

  • Scoobz

    Eerie pop ind you mofo you ain’t no daym Raiders fan and I appreciate you not wearing or buying anything with my Raiders logo you wearing anything Raiders is like putting a shit stain on a bad ass Raiders jersey keep your bandwagon ass on the sidelines and buy a FUKN donkeys jersey so your shit stain can look like shit on a shitty jersey or better yet go back to FUKN Indiana like your name says with all this bullshit your speaking its mofos like you boycotting and shit that’s going to run our Raiders right out of town and if that happens make sure your punk ass follows. All I’m saying is I’m a die hard Raiders fan and I’ll be there for the good the bad and unfortunately the FUKN ugly Raaaaiderrrrs oh yeah and take weak ass fake raiders fan Bob with your punk ass

  • Pridenpoise

    If you remember correctly Gruden wanted to LEAVE, he was enamoured with Notre Dame Tampa Bay and a few other places, so what is Al to do keep a guy that no longer wants to coach the team, I am so fucking tired of morons rewriting history and blaming Al for Gruden’s wanting to leave. As for Dennis Allen of course he deserves another season, this team being competitive this year is a small miracle, I don’t care who is coaching them right now there is not enough talent on this team for them to be any better then a 6 to 7 win team, and that includes Gruden. I for one am tired of seeing coaches fired every two years, and if someone can show me a franchise that has been successful with 10 coaches in 12 years then by all means keep firing until we find this magic coach who is going to turn the Raiders into Super Bowl champs overnight.

  • Bob

    Al traded Chuckie for two draft picks that never panned out.

  • Pridenpoise

    I’m aware of what he got for Gruden but the fact remains had Gruden not been making overtures about leaving, Al would have never let him go, by the way you can call it a trade, but in fact it was compensation.

  • Bob

    I agree. The sad part is Al lets Gruden go without compensation after year five and the Raiders have a better shot at winning the Superbowl. I am sure Al would have rather had that.

  • Pridenpoise

    I couldn’t agree more that Al should have made Gruden stay and finish his contract, but we all know Al is not the type of guy who puts up with anyone who is not loyal to the shield, coaches or players, all I can tell you is that year in the playoffs I was praying that Gruden and the Bucs didn’t make it to the big game, I knew the only way we lose the Super Bowl is if we face Gruden who let’s face it built that team, sadly we all know how that turned out, but for all the blame layed on Al, it’s funny everyone gives Gruden a pass, if would have kept his mouth shut and just coached there’s no doubt we would have four of those shiny trophies. I will admit I do still have a soft spot for Gruden I guess it’s true what they say time does heal all wounds.

  • KloverJane

    The problem is the o line and wide outs not getting open past ten yards for the first down. Coaching issues may lie with, Olson’s predicted 2212 slants. Hue was on the right track. I miss Gruden a lot too, but I think with 65 mil in cap space we can do wonders at free agency and draft day. THE AUTUMN WIND. ..

  • KloverJane

    These last two losses have sucked. We should be above 500 Bob. I hear ya.

  • DanfromVegas

    I agree. The coaching deserves a legit year to prove themselves. There was nothing to be done last year, because we had to dump all the overpaid players and their contracts. This year there was no money for free agents and not enough picks. Defense has gotten strong, but offense has been lacking, namely because of the Oline and because TP is not nearly a fully developed contract. One last chance next year to show what they can do with a full deck.