Mark Davis sets record straight, Dennis Allen to return as Raiders head coach

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

There has been much speculation over the status of Dennis Allen's job as Raiders head coach. That speculation began during the season as the Raiders looked worse and worse with each game, finally resulting in a 6-game losing streak to finish out the season. Tuesday night, Mark Davis officially put the speculation to rest.

Davis told Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group there was no question Dennis Allen was going to return regardless of the outcome of the meeting the two scheduled today and "there hasn't been a question about it either."

The meeting this evening is said to not have had anything to do with Allen's job. And the contract offers given to Allen's assistants were settled today prior to the meeting taking place. As Davis describes it, there was nothing to see here.

Allen's return as head coach has been expected since the end of the season when he spoke at the season ending press conference last week.

"I've been given the indication that I'll be back," Allen said December 30. "...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, but I have every intention of being back. . . I fully anticipate and fully expect to be the coach of the football team and that's the way I'm moving forward."

Those words are quite accurate when considering the way Davis described the meeting the two of them had. Now, the decision has been made official.

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