After completing the past two seasons at 8-8, the Oakland Raiders went just 4-12 in Allen's first season at the helm.

Therefore, Allen decided to make some quick changes to his staff and announced  Monday the Raiders have fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and three other assistants a day after finishing their 10th straight season without a playoff berth.

The assistants let go are  special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman, offensive line coach Frank Pollack and linebackers coach Johnny Holland also have been fired.

Allen says "it was a difficult decision and he appreciated the contributions the four coaches made this past season."

But in all the Raiders are working to build a winning tradition and GM Reggie McKenzie and coach Allen know it.