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Raiders fired Dennis Allen over the phone

Dennis-AllenThe Oakland Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen on Monday night — one day after his team returned from London with an 0-4 record. The move was one that everyone knew was coming, especially after an AP reporter tweeted (and then deleted) on Sunday night that the Raiders had decided to let Allen go and would likely make the announcement this week.

Yet even after that report was out there and speculation was building by the minute, the Raiders still chose to fire Allen over the phone.

No one is going to argue that Oakland should have held onto Allen. The Raiders have lost 10 consecutive games dating back to last season and Allen is 8-28 as coach of the team. He has been in Oakland since 2012 and the Raiders look no better now than they did then.

Having said that, I’m not sure why the team couldn’t call a meeting with Allen to give him a chance to look the Raiders’ brass in the eye and thank them for the opportunity. Mark Davis and company must have gotten advice from Rory McIlroy on how to end a lengthy relationship.

Dennis Allen could be fired; Tony Sparano could replace him

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I’m not sure what a Dennis Allen is, but whatever it is, it reportedly could be fired this week.

Associated Press reporter Terry Collins said on Twitter Sunday night that Allen has been fired by the Oakland Raiders and the announcement could come by Tuesday. Collins later deleted the tweet, causing some confusion. But there’s no mistaking that Allen’s job is in jeopardy.

The Raiders are 0-4 and have looked pathetic almost the entire season, including Sunday’s 38-14 loss to the Dolphins in London. They also lost 30-14 to the Texans in Week 2 and were only competitive in Weeks 1 and 3, where they lost to the Jets by 5 and Patriots by 7.

Allen went 4-12 in each of his previous two seasons.

The Raiders made several offseason moves to bring in more accomplished veterans, but that has not translated to a more competitive product on the field. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Tony Sparano could take over as the team’s interim coach if Allen is indeed fired. We would expect them to be better under the former Dolphins head coach.

Terrelle Pryor apologizes after agent says Dennis Allen wants him to fail

Terrelle Pryor RaidersTerrelle Pryor has not started a game for the Oakland Raiders since Nov. 10 against the New York Giants. His final shot in 2013 will come on Sunday, as the team has announced the former Ohio State star will start against the Denver Broncos at home.

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin looked sharp when he replaced the injured Pryor several weeks ago. However, the good fortune ran out and the Raiders have lost each of their last five games. With Week 17 being a meaningless game, Pryor’s agent Jerome Stanley believes head coach Dennis Allen is rooting for Pryor to fail so he can try to save his own job.

“I think they’re putting him in hopes that he fails,” Stanley told CSN Bay Area’s Fallon Smith and Scott Bair on Monday. “That’s what I think coach is doing. I think they’re putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that’s what’s going on, I do and it’s ridiculous…

“You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn’t want him to look good. And you can write that. He doesn’t want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. (Allen) doesn’t want him to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”

Stanley contended that Pryor should have been inserted back into the starting lineup after his MCL healed so he could continue to develop. Before suffering the injury, Pryor had thrown five interceptions and zero touchdowns in his last three starts. His quarterback rating this season is 66.0.

Perhaps realizing that an agent complaining about his player starting a game is pretty ridiculous, Pryor decided to issue an apology.

“I apologize for the recent comments toward the Raiders organization,” he wrote on Twitter. “That’s not what I’m about. I’m thankful for this opportunity given to me by this great organization and the phenomenal fans. I’m very excited to play with my teammates Sunday! We hope to make you fans proud.”

Even if Pryor and his agent believe Allen is trying to make them look bad, the best way to counter that would be to light it up on Sunday. Ranting about it makes it sound like Stanley is expecting Pryor to have a crappy game.

Thanks to LBS tipster David