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RAIDERS FIRES HEAD COACH DENNIS ALLEN

RAIDERS FIRES HEAD COACH DENNIS ALLEN
The Oakland Raiders have fired coach Dennis Allen, the team announced Monday night. Allen, 42, was 8-28 as Oakland’s coach. He was fired after the Raiders, who retooled their roster this offseason, started 0-4. An announcement on the interim coach will come Tuesday, with offensive line coach Tony Sparano expected to be the first assistant offered the interim job. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson and, and as a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder, senior offensive assistant Al Saunders are other possible options. Oakland has lost an NFL-high 10 straight games dating back to November and is 0-4 for the first time since 2006 when it finished with the worst record in the NFL. The final straw for Allen was an embarrassing 38-14 loss to Miami on Sunday in London. The Raiders are on their bye week. The failure to be competitive was what doomed Allen. Oakland owner Mark Davis, who took control of the franchise when his legendary father, Al, died in November 2011, was on the record saying he was tired of the team losing in lopsided fashion. That didn’t change this season. The Raiders lost by 20 or more points in nine of Allen’s 36 games as coach. The Raiders were 8-8 in the two seasons before Allen became coach. Firing Allen is a major pockmark for Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. Allen was his first hire after being picked to succeed Al Davis as the football-decision maker in Oakland in January 2012. A source told ESPN that Allen was told he was being fired in a phone call from Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. Allen was Denver’s defensive coordinator before being hired in Oakland. Now, he is another in a long line of former Oakland coaches. Al Davis was famous for hiring and firing coaches. Allen was the Raiders’ seventh coach since they traded Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay after the 2001 season. It’s the most in the NFL in that span. FoxSports.com first reported Allen’s firing earlier Monday night.