Weeks after telling Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami that he needs “patience” with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis allen, Mark Davis has decided to retain Allen as the Raiders head coach.
According to Steve Corkran of Contra Costa Times, Davis met with Allen on Tuesday and the meeting “went well” and Allen will be the coach for the 2014 season.
#Raiders owner Mark Davis said meeting with coach Dennis Allen "went well" tonight and that Allen will be the Raiders coach in 2014.
— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) January 8, 2014
Allen, the youngest head coach in the NFL, has been the Raiders head coach for the past two seasons and led the team to an 8-24 record, second worst over the last two seasons in the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only team worse with a 6-26 record.
Though his team finished the disappointing six-game losing streak, Allen stated that he believed he should be allowed to be back next season.
“I fully believe that I deserve the opportunity to come back here and get a chance to, as we’ve said, go through the deconstruction phase… I want to be part of the rebuilding phase,” Allen said after their 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos in their season finale.
It appears that Davis will give McKenzie and Allen the opportunity to prove themselves with a full deck as they have suffered from the lack of draft picks and then the lack of salary-cap space in their first two seasons.
Allen, McKenzie and Davis are expected to meet again to discuss the direction of the team, according to Corkran.