There was some "media driven" uncertainty behind whether Dennis Allen would remain the head coach for the Raiders before Mark Davis made it official that DA would stay for another season. There were more than a few fans that were not thrilled with the decision but the Oakland front office decided to give Dennis another year to prove himself with a more complete roster.
The debacle with the head coaching job in Cleveland is providing a very solid reason to believe that keeping Dennis Allen for one more year was the right move to make. The Browns had hired Rob Chudzinski as their head coach for the 2013 season and then fired him after the year was over giving him only 11 months in charge of the team. Things have not been going smoothly for them in their search since that decision was made.
The NFL head coaching circle is a tight knit group of people that stand together and the firing of "Chud" is one of those things that really shows the type of community that they have together. Three different potential coaches for the ball club (Broncos OC Adam Gase, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, and Cardinals DC Todd Bowles) have turned down the opportunity to be considered for the job.
The lack of patience that the Browns showed with the firing of Rob appears to have blacklisted them and has resulted in people removing themselves from consideration for the job. Think about this for one second, there are only 32 NFL head coaching jobs in the entire world. This is the dream of these coaches to one day get the chance to nab one of those precious titles and yet the coaching community has turned their back on it when it comes to the Cleveland job.
It is entirely plausible that this would have been the same type of a response to the Raiders job had they showed similar unrest and fired Dennis Allen. Though the fans have not been fond of the team's performance these past two years, Allen has been respected and widely heralded as having done the best he could with what he had to work with. Had Dennis lost his job before the influx of cap space that is coming in this year it would have been viewed as unfair, just like the Chudzinski firing.
Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie's decision to stay the path is looking more and more like the correct decision. They wanted to change their image from the brash decision making of Al Davis and this is a sign of doing so. Al would have fired Dennis without question after this past season, and in fact he probably wouldn't even have gotten a 2nd year if he was still in charge. Well ok, DA wouldn't have gotten a first year either because Hue Jackson would have still been the coach but now that is just splitting hairs.
There is no question that had the Raiders decided to move on from DA that people would have said that the Raiders hadn't changed. Retaining DA proves that they have and it gives a young coach one last chance to prove his worth. If he fails in 2014 nobody will view his firing at that time as premature and if he succeeds the Raiders will look great for staying the course.
Hopefully we won't have to deal with opinions on DA being fired because hopefully 2014 will be successful but if not the Raiders will not be blacklisted for an unfair firing. The Cleveland Browns situation is showing exactly what happens when the coaching community disagrees with a firing and they would have disagreed with firing Dennis Allen right now. DA gets his opportunity and if he fails now then they won't be able to say "Same Old Raiders".