Updates on Dennis Allen’s Status as Oakland Raiders Head Coach

Prior to Week 15, Dennis Allen's job as head coach of the Oakland Raiders was reportedly going to come down to how the team fared in the final three games of the season. 

NFL.com's Michael Silver has the news:

While second-year Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is likely safe for 2013, coach Dennis Allen is very much on the hot seat. Going into Sunday's game against Kansas City, a source familiar with the mindset of ownership said that the season's final few games will be crucial toward determining the coach's fate.

If the Raiders are competitive and appear to be getting better, Allen likely will return. But if they get embarrassed, appear to be regressing and don't look like they have a plan, Allen likely will be fired. 

Well, losing 56-31 to the Kansas City Chiefs and giving up over 200 total yards and five touchdowns to Jamaal Charles probably wasn't exactly what ownership was looking for. 

As such, Allen's seat is officially "spicy hot."

However, several Raiders players, per Silver, believe that Allen and his staff have done "a terrific job with deficient talent," and placing the blame on the current head coach would be the wrong decision.

Instead, the players are of the notion that the source of the problems should be traced back to Reggie McKenzie, who has made some questionable decisions during his two-year stint as general manager. 

Moreover, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, owner Mark Davis talked with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News about practicing patience, suggesting that Allen's job could be safe:

But what do they say about patience? If you’re committed to something, you have to be patient with it.

That’s the thing about this season—at times we’ve shown that there’s something there, and at times we’ve shown that maybe there&rsqu...

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