By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 11:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA — Raiders owner Mark Davis and coach Dennis Allen finally had their face-to-face meeting Tuesday night. A short time later, Davis said Allen is going to remain as the Raiders coach for 2014.
“It’s been that way ever since he signed a four-year contract to be the head coach of the Oakland Raiders,” Davis said, by phone, of Allen’s status being secure.
When asked if there was any uncertainty moving forward, Davis said: “No. There hasn’t been a question about it, either.”
The meeting took place Tuesday night, a few hours after Allen told a public relations member at 5:30 p.m. that he was headed home for the night.
On his way out, Allen stopped his car, rolled down his window and said to three media members, “I got nothing for you.”
When asked if he met with Davis, Allen said: “Again, I don’t have anything for you.”
By night’s end, it was Davis doing all the talking. He said the call on Allen’s job ultimately rests with general manager Reggie McKenzie, who hired Allen away from the Denver Broncos in 2012.
Davis said he expects to meet with Allen again Wednesday, along with McKenzie.
At that point, “We’ll talk a little bit about free agency and all that stuff and just start putting together next season’s plan.”
Davis said he and Allen covered a lot of ground Tuesday night in a meeting that lasted about two hours.
“Dennis and I had a great meeting,” Davis said. “We talked about last season, recapped it. We talked about the process going forward, (talked) about some of the personnel, the coaching situation, all of those things.”
Allen said several times since the season ended that he expected to be back as the Raiders coach next season. He just finished the second season of a four-year contract he signed in 2012.
Still, there remained uncertainty until Allen met with Davis and made sure they were on the same page.
One of the main issues was Allen’s staff. Allen and McKenzie wanted the assistants working on two-year contracts. Davis refused.
Several assistants that balked at the hard-line stance were told to take the one-year extensions or seek employment elsewhere.
By Tuesday, six or seven assistants had signed extensions through next season.
As of now, none of the assistant coaches whose contracts were about to run out or had only one year left resigned.
In other news, scout Larry Marmie resigned from the Raiders and accepted a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.