It looks as though the Oakland Raiders have indeed fired head coach Dennis Allen once the team returned from their blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins in London.
Breaking: Raiders have just informed Dennis Allen he is fired.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 30, 2014
Once again, the Oakland Raiders are going to be in the market for a new head coach. Sitting at 0-4 and coming off a 38-14 thrashing at the hands of the 2-2 Miami Dolphins, Oakland looks like a team that will be luck to get two wins this year.
Instead of waiting for the inevitable, the Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen sooner rather than later.
There it is. RT @APtcollins: My sources tell me that @RAIDERS HC Dennis Allen is fired and an announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2014
And if Raiders do announce Dennis Allen's firing, Tony Sparano then would be expected to become interim HC.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2014
However, the tweet in question from AP reporter Terry Collins has now apparently been deleted. There had been rumblings this week that Allen's job was in jeopardy.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on NFL Insiders on Monday that there is talk among NFL people that Allen's job was in danger.
Allen said after the loss to Miami that he’s not worried about losing his job and expects to remain the head coach. Even if he manages to keep his job this week, he'll be fired eventually.
Allen's overall record as Raiders head coach is 8-28. Among NFL head coaches with at least 36 games, only five (Bert Bell, Rod Marinelli, Steve Spaguaolo, Mike Nixon and Phil Handler) have a worse winning percentage than Allen's .222. Allen has overseen 10 straight losses as the team's head coach, dating back to last season and is 5-20 over the past 25 games.