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ALAMEDA –- Raiders head coach Dennis Allen weathered yet another tense press conference on Wednesday afternoon, with little respite from questions about his job security.
That’s become a hot topic following two disappointing losses to the New York Jets and the Houston Texans. The latter happened in the only home game until Oct. 12, and ignited fervor among a fan base expecting better results following an offseason of increased optimism.
If the Raiders continue playing poorly heading into a Week 5 bye, Allen’s job might be in jeopardy.
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Allen deflected those inquiries well.
“What matters is getting ready for the New England Patriots,” he said. “That’s all I’m going to focus on.”
Allen was asked a follow up about whether he thinks he’s on a short leash. Allen’s response wasn’t hard to predict.
“I’m getting ready for the New England Patriots.”
Allen said he hasn’t had any meetings out of the ordinary. He hasn’t met with owner Mark Davis, which would be unusual considering the Raiders chain of command where Davis speaks with general manager Reggie McKenzie and McKenzie deals with Allen.
Allen deals with his staff, and as a defensive mind, was asked if he would take greater control in play calling. He said Monday that was something that hadn’t been discussed, and he wouldn’t discuss those specifics on Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m not going to get into how we’re going to game plan or who’s going to do what,” Allen said. “Ultimately it’s my responsibility for this football team and I take full responsibility for it and we’ve got to go out there and play and execute and try to get a win on Sunday.”
There is certainly enough blame to go around after a pair of lackluster performances, and no one is passing the buck.
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“I think everybody’s got to take it personal,” Allen said. “As coaches and players, we’ve got to take it personal. It’s all of our jobs to get it corrected. It’s not all on the players, it’s not all on the coaches. It’s on us as a football team. We’re 53 guys working as one, and that’s what we’ve got to get. We haven’t been that yet, but we get another opportunity this week against the Patriots.”