Raiders want to place assistants on 1-year contracts

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2014 may be a make-or-break year for Dennis Allen and his coaching staff.

The Oakland Raiders are trying to place their assistant coaches on one-year contracts, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The move would essentially make 2014 a make-or-break year for the staff, and would seem to signal that head coach Dennis Allen will be back next season.

It remains to be seen whether the deals will be accepted. The pressure from the Raiders' front office could, theoretically, force the coaches to look for more security elsewhere.

The Raiders won just four games in each of Allen's first two seasons leading the Raiders, giving him an 8-24 overall head coaching record. Oakland finished 23rd in total offense and 22nd in total defense this season. The four wins came against the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans, who went a combined 23-41 in 2013.

The first step in 2014 will likely be solving the quarterback issues. Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin combined for spotty results this season, resulting in sputtering offensive drives and forcing a talented defense to spend more time on the field.

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