Allen To Meet With Davis Next Week; Expects To Keep Job

Dennis Allen

Raiders coach Dennis Allen will meet with team owner Mark Davis next Tuesday to discuss this past season as well as the immediate future as part of the franchise’s offseason protocol, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com has learned.

“Dennis Allen is the coach until he’s no longer the coach,” said a league source. “The only people firing Dennis Allen right now are the media.”

Speculation has swirled about Allen’s job security in the wake of a second consecutive 4-12 season that ended with the Raiders six straight and eight of their last nine games to finish the year.

But Davis has also said that this past season was Year 2 of the Raiders’ “deconstruction” phase and that the “reconstruction” of the team would commence this offseason with some $60 million of salary cap space and a full complement of draft picks.

Allen said Monday in his season-ending media conference that he had already met with general manager Reggie McKenzie and had been given an “indication” that he would return to Oakland.

“I haven’t been told I won’t (return), and so I wouldn’t say there’s been any guarantees made,” Allen said. “I’m moving forward in that direction. I fully anticipate and fully expect to be the coach of the football team and that’s the way I’m moving forward. “I think it will be important for me and Mark to be able to sit down and communicate and talk about the things that we need to talk about. But I have every intention of being back.”


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