Part of turning an NFL football franchise around is stability. That is the direction the Oakland Raiders have decided to go in. According to ESPN on Jan. 8, Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed on Tuesday night that Dennis Allen will remain the coach of the Raiders despite another struggling season of unfulfilled expectations and some drama towards the end of the season.
Davis said he meeting with Allen was to go over end-of-season protocol and to access some issues that will help the growth of the football team. Davis said:
“We met this evening at the Raider facility, and the meeting went really well. We talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season. We’re read to rock and roll.”
Davis went on to say that the 41-year-old Allen never was in jeopardy of losing his job despite a 4-12 season for the second consecutive year. The Raiders owner did note some improvement and decided that retaining Allen was best for a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since 2002.
Dennis Allen is the eight head coach in the past 13 seasons. In his two years, he has improved one area of the Raiders team. And that is the defense. Davis is hopeful the improvement will advance to other areas of the team and translate into wins.