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What was expected is now official. Dennis Allen will remain the Raiders' head coach in 2014, CSN Bay Area has learned.
Owner Mark Davis first confirmed to CSN reporter Kate Longworth that he met with Allen on Tuesday evening at the Raiders team facility, and told Longworth the meeting was a typical postseason evaluation and to discuss the upcoming season and was not “about a job on the line.”
Sources later confirmed to reporter Fallon Smith and Insider Scott Bair that Allen will remain the Raiders' coach, and that Allen’s job was never in serious doubt. That has been the pervading thought since a season-ending loss to the Denver Broncos. CSNBA reported last week that general manager Reggie McKenzie recommended Allen be retained, and that Davis was expected to follow that recommendation. Allen has two seasons left on a four-year contract.
Davis told Longworth that he, Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie will meet again on Wednesday to further discuss the future.
Much of Tuesday was focused on assistant coaches. Davis wanted assistants with expiring contracts – everyone but offensive coordinator Greg Olson and linebackers coach Bob Sanders -- to accept unconventional one-year deals. Several were signed, although it remains uncertain how many.
Allen is fresh off his second 4-12 season in as many years as head coach. No coach in Raiders history has returned for a third season after so many losses in his first two, but the Raiders remain patient during this period of transition.
McKenzie spent the last two years getting right with the salary cap, and should have an excess of $60 million in cap room heading into 2014. The next phase will include an upgrade of a roster gutted over the years and higher expectations for both Allen and McKenzie.