The Oakland Raiders have been a model of inconsistency for the last decade plus by averaging 4-5 wins each season since 2003. With the 2010 and 2011 seasons when they went a disappointing 8-8 being the exceptions.
So it should come as no surprise that their head coach Dennis Allen became the first coaching casualty this season after an 0-4 start. With Sunday’s embarrassing 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London being the final straw before the team decided to fire Allen, unhealthy who was 8-28 in his two plus seasons with the team.
The Raiders have lost an NFL-high 10 straight games since last November and their 0-4 start is the teams first such start since 2006, generic when they finished with the worst record in the league at 2-14. With their .222 winning percentage, that was the second lowest in the league during Allen’s tenure being another key component in his firing.
Allen’s failure to even be competitive is what ultimately doomed him too, as the team lost by 20 or more points in nine of his 36 games he coached the team. With two of those games being this year, including this past Sunday’s for mentioned game. Allen’s eight games won is what the team averaged in the two seasons before he was hired.
The Raiders will now go into their bye week looking to hire an NFL high eight head coach since 2002. Which ironically is the last time they made the playoffs and lost to the Jon Gruden-lead Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. Ironically enough they traded Gruden to that Buccaneers team before the season.
While the team looks like it may still have a little promise in rookie quarterback Derek Carr, whoever takes over the team will still really have their work cut out for them.