Here’s why Dennis Allen will enter the 2024 season already on the hot seat

The 2024 season will bring a clean slate for many teams and players, but that’s not the case for New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen.
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Every team will enter the 2024 season with a 0-0 record. What happened last season doesn’t matter; everyone will start fresh and have the same chance to be a Super Bowl champ. Of course, that will only happen for one team. Other teams will have wildly successful seasons but still fall short, and some teams will also have unfortunately disappointing seasons. We’ll find out which teams fall in each category as the season unfolds.

While each team gets to start with a fresh slate, not all individuals get to hit the reset button. For some, the stench of disappointment from the past will still be lingering around, and winning will be the only way to get rid of it. That’s a category that New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen falls in.

Since taking over as head coach after the 2021 season, Allen has coached New Orleans to a 16-18 record, missing the playoffs in both seasons he’s been head coach. That’s not going to cut it in New Orleans. That’s why Alex Kay, in a recent piece for Bleacher Report, named Allen as one of the five coaches that will enter the 2024 season on the hot seat.

2024 is a make-or-break season for Dennis Allen

Kay explained that while Allen’s 16-18 record isn’t horrible, it is bad that Allen hasn’t been able to win a pretty bad NFC South division. If that continues next season, it’ll be hard for the Saints to keep Allen around. Additionally, Kay argued that since Allen doesn’t seemingly have the locker room on his side, it’ll be easy to let him go.

It’s hard to argue with any of those points. Anyone paying attention to New Orleans gets the sense that this is a make-or-break year for not just Allen, but the entire franchise. If the Saints have another mediocre season, they’ll likely be looking for a new coach and quarterback, and saying goodbye to a lot of veterans.