Rich Gannon quarterbacked the Raiders the last time they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs.
He still keeps close tabs on the team that he guided to the playoffs in 2000, ’01 and ’02, which culminated in a Super Bowl berth. Continue Reading
New Raiders head coach Tony Sparano met with his players Wednesday, detailed what to expect the remainder of the season and then sent them away for four days as is the norm during a team’s bye week. Continue Reading
For years, Raiders fans have pined for a return of coach Jon Gruden. The firing of Dennis Allen coupled with owner Mark Davis embracing the possibility of Gruden being hired again stoked those flames. Continue Reading
Owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie and newly named head coach Tony Sparano accepted blame for the Raiders 0-4 start Tuesday and promised a return to respectability soon, perhaps even this season. Continue Reading
The Raiders on Monday night fired head coach Dennis Allen, according to a Fox Sports report, on the heels of his team’s 0-4 start and no obvious signs of the progress he expected this season. Continue Reading
The Raiders returned home Monday from a disastrous road trip to England, with owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie still silent about coach Dennis Allen’s job status.
The Raiders are 0-4 this season and 8-28 during Allen’s tenure. McKenzie hired Allen in 2012 as the replacement for Hue Jackson, who was fired by McKenzie and Davis after an 8-8 campaign.
Allen is scheduled to conduct his weekly news conference Tuesday at 2 p.m. Davis and McKenzie don’t have any immediate plans to discuss Allen’s future.
The Raiders plane arrived in Oakland from London on Monday afternoon. Davis did not return several phone calls. Allen wasn’t available for comment.
On Sunday, Allen said “that’s not my concern right now,” when asked about his job status.
If a change were to be made during the season, this is the ideal time to do so; given the Raiders don’t play Sunday and a new coach would have the better part of two weeks to acclimate to his new role.
Offensive line coach Tony Sparano and offensive coordinator Greg Olson are the logical candidates from the Raiders staff. Sparano coached the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11.
Sparano has coached the Raiders offensive line the past two seasons. He also was a college head coach at New Haven from 1994-98.
The Raiders made an in-season coaching change only twice since the AFL and NFL merged. Both times, it was Davis’ late father Al who did the firing.
In 1989, he fired Mike Shanahan four games into the season. He did likewise with Lane Kiffin in 2008.
Those firings had just as much to do with Al Davis feuding with his coaches as it did with the team’s on-field performance. Mark Davis is adamant about letting McKenzie do most of the communicating with Allen.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn’t about to panic two games into the season. However, he concedes that there’s a sense of urgency now that his team is winless, struggling in many areas and facing a formidable Patriots team in the next game. Continue Reading
The Raiders worked out wide receiver Vincent Brown on Monday, according to an ESPN report. Continue Reading
Latavius Murray is just as curious as Raiders fans to see what he can do in a game. No, not an exhibition game, with the starters on the sideline, perhaps. Continue Reading
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who started at running back for the Raiders against the New York Jets, missed practice Thursday but he is hopeful of returning in time for the home-opener. Continue Reading