There’s not a lot of patience in the NFL these days. Just ask Rob Chudzinski, who was fired by the Cleveland Browns after just one season as their head coach. However, the Oakland Raiders have bucked a recent trend by retaining head coach Dennis Allen for the 2014 season, giving him a third year to get things turned around in Oakland.
Not only are the Raiders showing patience, but they’re also giving Allen a fair chance, which is not something that all NFL coaches get. Allen didn’t exactly walk into an ideal situation in Oakland, and it was obvious that it was going to take time to turn things around.
After a pair of 4-12 seasons, it might not seem like the Raiders are moving in the right direction, but they are. Oakland found themselves in the same division as three playoff teams this season, which obviously gave them a difficult schedule, especially when they closed the season with three consecutive games against their AFC West rivals.
In that sense, a 4-12 record in 2013 with eight games against playoff teams is considerably better than their 4-12 record in 2012 that included five games against playoff teams.
Allen was able to coax modest improvement out of the Raiders with a complicated and inefficient quarterback situation, as well a lack of talent on the roster at several key positions. With all the issues in Oakland, it was unrealistic and unfair to think that Allen could have turned the Raiders around in two seasons. It’s a refreshing change of pace to see the Raiders give him the proper time needed to get the job done.