Dennis Allen’s now 4-9 record after an ugly loss to the New York Jets has started up the hot seat discussions as the Raiders are now facing a likely second straight 4-12 season under Allen. A lengthy losing streak has derailed a season where at one point people were praising the Raiders and picking them as a dark horse to emerge from a mediocre pack of AFC teams chasing the final Wild Card spot. After crushing losses to the Eagles, Giants, Titans, Cowboys and Jets the Raiders are facing the real possibility of not winning another game in 2013 with all three remaining games against AFC West opponents chasing for playoff berths the questions about Allen’s job security were naturally asked on Monday. Allen made sure that the media knew that he won’t be focusing on job security, but rather trying to earn it by upsetting the Chiefs at the Coliseum on Sunday.
“Listen, that’s not what my job is,” Allen said Monday in a press conference. “My job is to try to get this team better, get this team ready to play against the Kansas City Chiefs. I’m not going to talk about speculation or anything like that. I’m going to worry about winning a football game this week.”
Despite having more losses than any Raiders coach brought back for a third season. With an 8-21 coaching record and sitting as massive underdogs for the rest of the season with a depleted roster due to injuries already looking towards next year after falling out of the playoff race weeks ago, Dennis Allen did bring up the positives from this Raiders season. A team that has been competitive in most games and has been a couple of bounces their way from wins more than a few times in 2013, Allen feels that this team has made progress even if it hasn’t showed with wins.
“Obviously the record doesn’t say so,” Allen said. “We all recognize that at the end of the day this is a production business. We understand that you are what your record says you are. But I also know there’s a lot of areas where this football team has improved.
Obviously Allen says the next step is improving in the areas needed to make the Raiders a winner in the future.
“We’ve got to continue to improve in those areas and other areas so that we’re able to win football games and not come away and be disappointed.”
Allen has two years on his contract left after this season and the Raiders are trying to employ a patient rebuilding approach during Mark Davis’ first years as Raiders owner. Those two factors along with the list of challenges Allen has faced will likely keep him here through at least 2014, but the hot seat has definitely turned up a few degrees. The fact that Allen had to address his job security confirms that.