The Oakland Raiders have a recent history of not giving their coaching staff much of a chance after a bad season. No coach has lasted longer than two seasons since Jon Gruden. So, will Dennis Allen and Co. be able to stick around after what looks like another bad season?
Let’s look at the stats first. The only coach in recent history that even had the fortune of making it to the second season was Tom Cable. After Cable, Hue Jackson became head coach, but only lasted a season. He finished 8-8, so whatever Jackson thought was working apparently wasn’t good enough for the Raider’s organization. Now this former powerhouse of a franchise has given its broken pieces to Allen to put back together.
Allen’s first season didn’t start out so well, with a 4-12 finish and Raiders fans everywhere wondering if he would stay. The organization gave him another chance, and so far it’s even less successful than last year. The Raiders are bound to get at least one more win in the season, but it probably won’t get any better than that.
Will Allen get a third chance? Will he break the Raiders’ coach stereotype and make something out of practically nothing? Allen is one of the youngest coaches in the NFL, so given the right amount of time, he can learn from his mistakes and pull this young football team together from the ground up. When it comes to the Raiders though, time is one thing the coaches don’t have.
So, what should be looked at in determining whether Allen stays or goes? Certainly not his record, so far a cumulative 7-18. Allen has a lot of potential coming into this league. With plenty of fresh faces in almost every position, it’s time to let the young guys take over and bring a team together for future success. Having a new owner, a new GM, a new coach, and new players makes for the perfect new beginning to this struggling Raiders franchise.