Dennis Allen remains Raiders coach

Updated: January 8, 2014, 9:02 AM ET
By Paul Gutierrez | ESPN.com

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com in a phone interview Tuesday night that Dennis Allen remains the team's coach, saying he was amused by the drama surrounding their end-of-season meeting Tuesday.

"We met this evening at the Raider facility, and the meeting went really well," Davis said. "We talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season.

"We're ready to rock and roll."

Davis, who called the meeting end-of-season "protocol," said Allen's job security was not an issue and that the two of them would meet Wednesday with general manager Reggie McKenzie to talk about the future.

Davis did not want to talk specifically about the status of the assistants Allen wants to retain or whether there was a hang-up over one-year or two-year extensions.

ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton reported earlier Tuesday that "at least six" assistants had been retained.

[+] EnlargeDennis Allen
AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezDennis Allen will be back as Raiders coach despite a 4-12 record this season, owner Mark Davis said.

Allen, who has two years remaining on his four-year deal, has gone 4-12 in each of his two seasons with the Raiders.

Billed as a defensive-minded coach, Allen has been unable to significantly elevate Oakland's defense. The Raiders finished 18th in total defense in 2012 and 22nd this season.

The 41-year-old Allen, who served as the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator before coming to Oakland, is the Raiders' eighth head coach in the past 13 seasons.

The Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002, when they went to the Super Bowl under Bill Callahan.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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