It hasn't been a great start to the Dennis Allen era of New Orleans Saints football. The black and gold have won just four games this year with Allen at the helm and it's led to some fans going so far as to start a petition to fire the long-time defensive coordinator from his head coaching position.
While Saints fans feel as though Allen has looked clueless enough on the sidelines to merit getting fired after just one season, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler doesn't feel the same way.
In an insider post on ESPN, Fowler explains that the setup in New Orleans is what will likely keep Allen in charge for another year. He mentions that Mickey Loomis played a heavy role in Allen getting the job and that's going to lead to him getting at least one more year to show what he can do.
While Saints fans won't like this, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Allen gets at least one more year to prove himself. Coaches have to be really bad to be one-and-done in the NFL and while Allen's been bad, outsiders could point to the number of injuries the Saints have had to deal with this year as to why the team has struggled.
Dennis Allen not poised to be one-and-done per Jeremy Fowler
Saints fans probably won't like this take on Allen but I agree with Fowler. I don't necessarily love the idea of New Orleans sticking with Allen but the injuries have been brutal and it's hard to win games when so many of the star players are on the shelf.
If Allen is back for 2023, hopefully the team can remain healthy so that we get a better idea of what he can do as a head coach. So far, it hasn't been a good look.