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Allen believes cap space will help Raiders improve next year

  • Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. The Broncos won 34-14. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

ALAMEDA — Dennis Allen met with the Oakland Raiders players as a team and individually and talked about his vision for turning the franchise around after a second straight four-win season.

Even with no official word yet from owner Mark Davis, Allen is sure acting like a coach who will be back in Oakland for a third season.

"I've been given the indication that I'll be back, but I think it will be important for me and Mark to be able to sit down and communicate and talk about the things that we need to talk about," Allen said Monday. "But I have every intention of being back."

Allen said he has already met with general manager Reggie McKenzie about plans for the future and will meet soon with Davis to talk about how he plans to turn around the team.

"I'm sure there's a lot of things that he wants to talk to me about, there's things that I want to be able to talk to him about, and those will be things that we'll communicate on and we'll move forward from there," Allen said.

Allen said he doesn't expect many changes on his coaching staff even though most of them have contracts that expire next month.

Despite losing their final six games and eight of the last nine following a promising start to the season, Allen retained the support in the locker room from players hoping for continuity after years of constant change in Oakland.

"The result on the field was not anywhere near what we wanted, but we need to keep continuity and keep building," left tackle Jared Veldheer said. "You can't rip down and start over because then we just fall into the same problem. It's hard for people to see, but it's going to happen. There will be success here."

It was hard to see that success down the stretch of the season especially. The Raiders struggled mightily on defense and allowed the second most points in franchise history and had the fifth worst passer rating against in NFL history.

The offense also struggled late in the season as both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor failed to deliver consistent play. Pryor won three of his first six starts before regressing down the stretch. McGloin won his debut start before losing his final five games.


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