Let's pretend you and I are Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders. Well, if we're pretending to be Mark, we'd get a new hairdo ASAP. But we're not talking that kind of pretending.
We're pretending to be Mark Davis, football visionary.
As Pretend Marks we ask ourselves a two-part question: When this lousy season ends, do I (Mark) retain the services of head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie?
They are separate and distinctly different questions, and you and I as Mark must entertain them one at a time.
The Dennis Allen Case: On the positive side. Well, you and I as Mark are drawing a blank here. Let us think this over. Hmm. Allen's players have not quit like dogs.
No knock on dogs. You and I as Mark love dogs. The Raiders players play hard — not well — the entire game. Allen gets credit for work ethic, or whatever you want to call it.
Does Allen get credit for anything else?
Nothing you and I as Mark can put a finger on.
Well, what's the case against Allen?
You got lots of paper?
His team has lost four in a row. On Sunday, the Raiders got blown out by the Chiefs, blown out at home, blown out because they couldn't stop a simple screen pass. Watching the game must have been excruciating for you and me — as Mark.
What Mark wanted to see — we're taking the liberty of speaking for Mark here — was progress at this point of the season. Just a wee bit of progress. Instead, things are getting worse, are going down the dumper, as they say. Dumperville, here we come.
As Mark, we notice Allen is a defensive coach — a so-called defensive specialist. Allen's defensive coordinator is Jason Tarver, but Allen surely has mondo input into the defensive game plan. What happened on Sunday does not reflect well on Allen's ability on his side of the ball. No, it doesn't.