By Stu Peterson: The Oakland Raiders organization fired head coach Dennis Allen on Tuesday after a disastrous 0-4 start of the 2014 season. The Raiders’ woes day back to the last 6 games of last season, which they lost, and they now have lost 10 consecutive games.
The Raiders lost 38-14 to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. They have a bye coming up this Sunday, and they won’t be back in action on October 12th when they play the San Diego Chargers.
As of now, the Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie hasn’t named an interim replacement coach, but it’s likely to come from either offensive line coach Tony Sparano or offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
The Raiders have been plagued with problems at the quarterback position among others ever since they decided to let quarterback Carson Palmer go in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. The move turned out to be a bad one for the Raiders, as Palmer had an excellent season in 2013, while the Raiders struggled with Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloins as their quarterbacks.
During the off season, the Raiders drafted Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in the 2nd round hoping he’d be the answer to their problems. But Carr hasn’t been able to play at a high enough level to make up for the Raiders holes on defense and at the running back position.
This was the third season for Allen, who was hired in 2012 to replace Hue Jackson. The Raiders have struggled in all three seasons.
At this point it pretty much doesn’t matter who coaches the Raiders. They lack the talent on the team, and it’s beyond something that can be turned around by hiring a different coach. The Raiders need a guy that knows how to pick out talent so that the Raiders can draft the right guys, and pick up the right guys in the free agent market.