It’s difficult to make much sense of the NFL through the first quarter of the regular season, but this much is crystal-clear:
The Oakland Raiders are bad. Again.
After an 0-4 start, head coach Dennis Allen was fired Monday night over the phone, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. It turns out that an overall record of 8-28 doesn’t get you the decency of a face-to-face meeting.
On Tuesday, general manager Reggie McKenzie tabbed Tony Sparano to steer this sinking ship for the next 12 games. Nine of those games will come against opponents that had winning records last season.
Coincidentally on the same day Allen was fired in Oakland, Anschutz Entertainment Group announced that it is seeking a six-month extension with the city of Los Angeles on the Farmers Field project, via ESPNLA.com’s Arash Markazi. The extension would allow more time for AEG to pursue an NFL team.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported last week that league sources think the Raiders could generate $2 billion or more if sold and that a sale could accelerate a move to Los Angeles.
With the Raiders about to hit the reset button yet again, the writing is on the wall in bold, bright letters for owner Mark Davis.