When to fire Dennis Allen

Here is a link to my Tuesday column suggesting various times Mark Davis could fire Dennis Allen. The full text runs below: When should Raiders’ owner Mark Davis fire coach Dennis Allen? This is strictly a procedural issue. Davis could fire Allen today, but that might lead to logistical problems. [...]

By | September 16th, 2014|26 Comments

The case against Dennis Allen

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie. The full text appears below: Let's pretend you and I are Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders. Well, if we're pretending to be Mark, we'd get a new hairdo ASAP. But we're not talking that [...]

By | December 16th, 2013|33 Comments

Dennis Allen needs to step up his game

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Raiders getting blown out by the Eagles. The full text appears below: OAKLAND Questions I wanted to ask Raiders coach Dennis Allen after his team got murdered by Philadelphia 49-20. I was held back by a sense of decorum: What [...]

By | November 3rd, 2013|17 Comments

Fair warning for Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen fired four assistants including offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. That's Allen's business. In a sense, he is making those four the fall guys for a horrible season. Maybe they were no good, but Allen wasn't exactly brilliant in his own right. He better make significant progress next season or [...]

By | December 31st, 2012|7 Comments

What Dennis Allen needs to do. And who is Dennis Allen?

Here is the opening to my Sunday column about the Raiders: Be patient with the Raiders. That has been the message of this column, and it continues to be, although now there are wrinkles. Wrinkles emerge. Before addressing the wrinkles, let’s go over the patience part. Rookie general manager Reggie [...]

By | December 1st, 2012|13 Comments

Further thoughts on Raiders opener

Forgive me for posting these thoughts in a tardy fashion. I've done a lot of sleeping after my big adventure last weekend. But I have two lingering thoughts about Dennis Allen and the Raiders opener. 1. Of course Allen and his special teams staff should have had a properly trained [...]

By | September 13th, 2012|14 Comments

Dennis Allen unveiled

The Raiders introduced Dennis Allen on Monday. It was a pleasant affair with Allen talking about his philosophy which includes attacking, up-tempo offense, discipline and other good things. After the press conference, the Raiders served lunch to the media. In good Al Davis style there was plenty of deli with [...]

By | January 30th, 2012|0 Comments

Good for the Raiders

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat just posted my Monday column, a column I was greatly pleased to write. It is about the Raiders' hiring new head coach Dennis Allen, apparently a defensive whiz. It is about the Raiders no longer settling for low-level coaches because they could not attract anyone better. [...]

By | January 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Dennis Allen is official

It's official. Dennis Allen is the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders. They will introduce him Monday at noon in their Alameda headquarters. On a personal note, I learned of this development through a news release sent to me via email. For years, the Raiders have kept me, Monte [...]

By | January 27th, 2012|0 Comments

Raiders’ mistake in hiring head coach

I'm proposing a theory -- call it an educated guess. I could be all wrong but I'm trying. Many sites are reporting that the Raiders already have hired Dennis Allen as their head coach. Allen is (was?) defensive coordinator at the Broncos and this hire makes sense because the Raiders [...]

By | January 25th, 2012|0 Comments