LONDON – Raiders head coach Dennis Allen may not have his title much longer. The Raiders fell to 0-4 after Sunday’s humiliating 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, a disastrous start to the season that has surely tested owner Mark Davis’ patience.
Whether Allen remains the head coach through the bye week remains uncertain, though it would not be a surprise if he were let go.
Allen is 8-28 in two-plus years as head coach. His Raiders haven’t won a game since Nov. 17, 2013, and now they’re losing in embarrassing fashion.
He’s tried to fix things and hasn’t been able to turn the tide, leaving a real possibility that his season will be cut short.
The Raiders have a bye next week, a logical time to allow an interim head coach to adjust to the role.
Allen refused to discuss his tenuous post after the game.
“That’s not my concern right now,” Allen said.
Raiders players are trying to focus on what they can control.
“Decisions like that are above my pay grade,” quarterback Derek Carr said.
They will let the decision makers do their job.
“I can’t consume myself with that,” fullback Marcel Reece said. “I have to worry about the players in the locker room and how I can help get these guys going. I put all of my trust in our owner and our GM to make this decision.”
Some are against a coaching change. It wouldn’t matter much to others. Generally speaking, players believe blame falls on their inability to execute.
“I’m not one to blame anything on the coaches,” James Jones said. “Players play. It has nothing to do with Dennis Allen or (offensive coordinator) Greg Olson. They call plays that make us successful.
When it comes down to it, they were just better than us today. You can’t blame that on the coaches. We prepared all week. We knew every look that they were going to give us, and we didn’t get it right.”
Allen said that the Raiders will continue to search for ways to improve during the bye week. They’ll need to before starting an eight-game stretch that features six 2013 playoff teams.
“We've got a long flight going back,” Allen said. “We got a week off to evaluate everything that we're doing and see what we need to do moving forward to get better.”