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Raiders, Allen Ready to 'Rock and Roll' in 2014

Credit: Kirby Lee- USA Today Sports
Dennis Allen returns to the Raiders sideline despite back-to-back 4-12 seasons in Oakland.

Raiders owner Mark Davis announces that Dennis Allen will remain at the helm of the Raiders sideline in 2014.

"We're ready to rock and roll."

Mark Davis' statement in a phone interview with ESPN.com Tuesday night confirming that Dennis Allen will not be fired and remain the team's head coach for a third season in 2014 could be the theme for the Silver and Black in 2014.

"We met this evening at the Raider facility, and the meeting went really well," Davis said to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "We talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season.

Although rumor had it that Davis would let go of Allen given the team's lackluster 4-12 season, Davis called the meeting "end-of-season protocol", according to Gutierrez, and mentioned that Allen's job was safe.

Allen also led the Raiders to a 4-12 record in 2012 in his first year as the team's head coach.

The Raiders 2013 season was a roller coaster season that one would want to eventually forget where they slightly succeeded and struggled between two quarterbacks, lose their final six straight games of the season while allowing an average of 34.5 points per game, including a 56-31 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, where the Raiders came back within four after trailing by 18 at half but could not finish defensively, allowing the Chiefs to score 21 unanswered to finish the game.

Oakland's inability to close defensively, highlighted in late-game losses to Tennessee and Dallas, tends to contradict Allen's reputation as a defensive minded coach.

The Raiders finished 22nd in total defense, allowing just over 360 yards per game and allowed an average of 28.3 points per game.

In 2012, the Raiders finished 18th in total defense, allowing 354.5 yards per game and 27.7 points per game.

With his job secure in Oakland, Allen, Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie, can focus on other important tasks going into the offseason, including staff and player personnel.

ESPN senior writer John Clayton reported early on Tuesday that the Raiders have retained six of Allen's assistants for 2014.

Allen is the team's eighth head coach in the last 13 seasons, as Oakland continues to find a way back to the playoffs since losing Super Bowl XXXVII back in the 2002 campaign.



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