ALAMEDA -- Dennis Allen reiterated Monday that he expects to remain as head coach of the Raiders in 2014, and owner Mark Davis is giving signals that support that premise.

"The only people who have been replacing Dennis as head coach is the media," Davis said Monday in an interview with staff columnist Tim Kawakami.

Allen, two years into a four-year contract, has had back-to-back 4-12 seasons but expressed confidence he would continue in his role.

"I've been given the indication that I'll be back, but I think it will be important for me and Mark to sit down and talk about the things we need to talk about, but I have every intention of being back," Allen said at his season-ending news conference.

Davis said he planned to talk with Allen "probably some time next week."

A day after the Raiders finished the season with a 34-14 loss to the Denver, Allen met with the team as a group and also talked with most players individually.

"I just said I don't plan on going anywhere," Allen said. "I plan on being here. We've got 113 days before the start of the offseason program, and we need to make sure we have a good plan for those 113 days. ... If they have any questions or concerns, they need to contact me, and I can give them the right answers."

Davis emphasized that Allen was the head coach of the Raiders "right now" as the postseason process played itself out, and when asked if there was a scenario where there would be a change, said, "There's always a scenario. ... I don't know, what if John Madden decided he wanted to be a coach again?"


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Running back Rashad Jennings said his meeting with Allen reviewed his performance over the season and talked of plans going forward.

"I expect him to be here," Jennings said. "Those are decisions that are not in our hands, but he's definitely the guy for the job."

Long-snapper Jon Condo, who came to the Raiders in 2006, has been around long enough to know nothing is etched in stone.

"I met with (Allen) individually, and we met with him as a team, and he said, 'Hey, I'm going to be here,' " Condo said. "Hue Jackson once said he was going to be here a lot longer than people in this room, and he got canned a week after that."

Allen talked about the phase of "reconstruction" that will replace the "deconstruction" that took place in shedding bloated contracts and putting the team as much as $50 million under the salary cap in 2014.

The Raiders have 17 players on their roster scheduled for unrestricted free agency and will be in the market for big-ticket players in a manner they weren't a year ago.

"I'm not looking at this as the end, I'm looking at this as the start, as the beginning, and this is where we have an opportunity to really create here," Allen said. "This is where we should be judged. We should be judged on this point moving forward."

Allen said he was hopeful of getting assistant coaches not under contract signed in the next day or two.

  • After utilizing both Terrelle Pryor and undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin throughout the season, Allen said, "I'm not sure we have the quarterback of the future in the building right now."

    Said Pryor: "I don't know what the future holds. All I know is I'm going to get better and keep working my butt off."

    Said McGloin: "I thought I did some pretty good things out there. I also did some poor things that I need to work on and improve. That will come. I know I will get better."

  • Allen said he spoke to Lamarr Houston regarding the defensive end's postgame comment that the Raiders may be looking to move on from him.

    "That's not the case," Allen said. "I sat down with Lamarr and had a nice discussion with him. We'd love to have him back."

  • The Raiders signed six players to reserve/future contracts, tying them to the club through the offseason program: cornerback Johnny Adams, offensive lineman Jack Cornell, wide receiver Jared Green, linebacker Eric Harper, tight end Brian Leonhardt and defensive end Chris McCoy.

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