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Lowell Cohn: Raiders should dump Dennis Allen, give Reggie McKenzie one more season

  • Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

No knock on dogs. You and I as Mark love dogs. The Raiders players play hard — not well — the entire game. Allen gets credit for work ethic, or whatever you want to call it.

Does Allen get credit for anything else?

Nothing you and I as Mark can put a finger on.

Well, what's the case against Allen?

You got lots of paper?

His team has lost four in a row. On Sunday, the Raiders got blown out by the Chiefs, blown out at home, blown out because they couldn't stop a simple screen pass. Watching the game must have been excruciating for you and me — as Mark.

What Mark wanted to see — we're taking the liberty of speaking for Mark here — was progress at this point of the season. Just a wee bit of progress. Instead, things are getting worse, are going down the dumper, as they say. Dumperville, here we come.

As Mark, we notice Allen is a defensive coach — a so-called defensive specialist. Allen's defensive coordinator is Jason Tarver, but Allen surely has mondo input into the defensive game plan. What happened on Sunday does not reflect well on Allen's ability on his side of the ball. No, it doesn't.

As Mark, we notice something else. Allen has no quarterback. He had three. Matt Flynn he dumped and now Flynn is going bonkers with the Packers — he beat the Cowboys on Sunday. This does not reflect well on Allen and his coaching staff. About the other two, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor, we as Mark say, "Please."

We as Mark wonder if the Raiders need an offensive coach as head coach.


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