Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Oakland Raiders have informed head coach Dennis Allen that he’s being fired.
- Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders fired Dennis Allen over the phone Monday night.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that assistant HC Tony Sparano and OC Greg Olsen are both options to take over as their interim head coach.
- Rapoport adds that Al Saunders is also in consideration for the interim head coach job.
A report from the Associated Press mentioned Sunday night that Allen was going to be fired, but the report was later removed from Twitter.
The Raiders are on bye this week, so it makes sense for them to make a move now given that they will have an extended period of time to make the necessary changes and still prefer their next opponent.
Sparano was with the Dolphins for four seasons and led them to a 29-33 record, which included a playoff appearance. He’s unlikely to be a long-term solution for the Raiders, but he at least does have prior experience running an NFL team.
It makes you wonder if more changes could be coming to the Raiders front office barring a turnaround in the next few weeks, but Raiders owner Mark Davis has hinted that GM Reggie McKenzie could remain in place and get another shot at hiring a second head coach.
Oakland suffered an embarrassing 38 to 14 loss to the Dolphins in London on Sunday and are now 0-4 to start the 2014 season. The Raiders have lost 10 straight games under Allen, who finishes his time in Oakland with a record of 8-28.
We’ll have more updates posted here as the news is available.