Allen's removal as Raiders coach probably won't be be a cure-all for the bumbling franchise. While the firing was justified, don't expect any quick fixes. The Raiders just aren't ready to compete, which brings us right back to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.
In his first act as GM, McKenzie hired Allen, who was a 39-year-old upstart defensive coordinator in Denver. McKenzie giddily recalled calling his wife to inform her he had gotten "his guy" after the interview with Allen, and in the time since, McKenzie has been steadfast in standing by Allen.
It was OK stand by your guy, your hire. But now that the decision to relieve Allen of his duties has been made, fingers need to point to McKenzie.
True, Allen didn't get much out this team. The Raiders were 8-28 during his tenure of just more than two seasons. Only Jacksonville, with six wins, has had less success during that time span. The Raiders have lost 10 straight games, a current NFL high. They are 0-4 for the first time since 2006, when they went 2-14. The Raiders lost nine of the 36 games Allen coached by 20 or more points.
The fact that the Miami Dolphins scored 38 unanswered points, despite having been in London four fewer days than the Raiders in Week 4, was clearly the final straw.
Davis had seen enough. Allen had to go. Yes, Davis' father -- the legendary Al Davis -- was famous for giving coaches the gate. Allen was the seventh Oakland coach since Jon Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay in 2002.
But this isn't a case of Davis showing his father's patented impatience. It was just time.
Now, McKenzie is on the clock. Let's face it; Allen had very little to work with. The Raiders had several starters last season who are not on NFL rosters this season.
This year, with a clear salary-cap picture, McKenzie spent money on several veterans who have made Oakland the NFL's oldest roster. The Raiders, who have not had a winning record since 2002, are both rebuilding and old at the same time. What kind of plan is that?
Oakland has a few nice pieces, particularly rookie quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack, but there isn't a great nucleus here. This is McKenzie's third season as Al Davis' replacement as the top personnel man in Oakland. His roster should be better. The Raiders' issues can no longer be blamed on Al Davis, who died nearly three years ago. It's on McKenzie now.
McKenzie and Allen took over a team that won eight games in back-to-back seasons. The Raiders have matched that total in 2¼ years. McKenzie has to come up with some answers, or he will likely join his guy as one of Oakland's failures.