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ESPN: Allen is Raiders’ choice as HC

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 9:41 am in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders are negotiating with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to become their head coach, according to ESPN.

Citing “multiple league sources,’’ the network reported Tuesday that other candidates, including Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice have been informed they are no longer under consideration.

Tice, according to reports in the Chicago media, removed himself from consideration Monday night.

Allen, 39, would be the first Raiders head coach with a defensive background since John Madden was hired by Al Davis in1969 to succeed John Rauch. Before being hired by Denver, Allen was a defensive backs coach with the New Orleans Saints and also worked with the defensive line in both New Orleans and Atlanta.

General manager Reggie McKenzie is in Mobile, Ala., scouting for the Senior Bowl and told CSN-Bay Area Monday he hoped to have a coach named by the end of the week. McKenzie said at the time of his hiring he wanted his “own guy’’ as head coach and dismissed Hue Jackson after one season.

Allen’s strong candidacy is somewhat of a surprise given that he and McKenzie have no known background. McKenzie reportedly interviewed Allen for the first time last week in Denver while the Broncos other candidate, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, pulled out of the running to concentrate on the vacancy in Miami.

In terms of defensive philosophy, Allen told the Broncos Web site heading into the 20111 season “We’re going to be built off speed and athleticism. We want to be a very fast, violent, aggressive type of defense.’’

Defensive collapses against Buffalo, Denver and San Diego in the season finale helped keep the Raiders out of the playoffs.

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  • raiderzmaverick

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Bronco’s were 32nd the year before he got there.

    If he can move up our defensive rankings 8 spots, I would be elated.

    And we will be in the playoffs.
    ======================================
    As long as we don’t lose 8 standings in the offense. Remember we were 31st in offense before Hue came to take over that offense. He moved it up to the top 10, and still sucked as a HC according to many here.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I dont think Allen is gonna get hired. I hope MkGinger is just bugging Denver’s front office. This offseason’s prize is Giants D Coord Perry Fewell. MkGiger knows it.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    marader508 Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    and its funny how , for years everyone hated on ESPN’s reporting calling BS…But now all of a sudden its…ESPN word is GOD , Reggie is just a big fat liar….

    ==========================================

    And your evidence of untrue statements?

    Or are you just having a hard time envisioning an African-American GM?

  • DeuceDeuce

    Perry Fewell!!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I dont think Allen is gonna get hired. I hope MkGinger is just bugging Denver’s front office. This offseason’s prize is Giants D Coord Perry Fewell. MkGiger knows it.

    ===========================================

    HAHAHAHAHA. Very funny.

  • Chris in NY

    Paul G from CSN Bay area reporting that it’s between three candidates: Allen, Moss and a 3rd “mystery candidate.”

    I remember when I was a kid Big John Studd and Ken Patera were slated to tag team wrestle Andre the Giant and a “Mystery Partner.” This was back in the mid-80s and local speculation was that the mystery wrestler was going to be Hulk Hogan, who was of course huge at the time.

    Night of the event. Out comes Andre and his mystery parter is … Special Delivery Jones.

    That’s kind of how I feel this Raiders coaching search is going. So don’t be surprised if S.D. Jones is the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

    P.S. – That was the legendary “Haircut Match” at which Patera and Studd knocked Andre out after the match and shaved off his giant mop top in the center of the ring. People were horrified.

  • DeuceDeuce

    I hope said mystery man is Perry Fewell!!..

  • DeuceDeuce

    Chris Simms is at the Senior Bowl looking to get into the coaching business.

    His dad is ruining any credibility that name has everytime he opens his mouth during a game.

  • luvmarvhub

    There seems to be no consistency in any of these reports.

    KNBR just reported that Allen will have a second interview tonight or tomorrow.

    ?????????

  • RaiderRockstar

    What do we need urgently more in the Draft¦ RG, DT, LT, CB?????? Don’t worry we will have picks come draft time .

    ***

    DR55,

    Carlisle, Campbell, Hurd & Parsons to compete at RG

    Barksdale, Campbell, Barnes & Heyer to compete at RT opposite Veldheer (LT)

    Seymour, Kelly, Henderson & Bryant at DT

    Routt, CJ37, Chekwa, DVD & Sheppard at CB

    in Round 3 with Nnamdi’s comp pick we need to get a Corner to replace CJ37 & Sheppard or a MLB to replace Blackstock & Brown

    McClain sucks and we have no depth behind him. CJ37 & Lito are old and slow

  • No Mas Diamante

    The Big Banana Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    Hue ushered himself out the door with that season ending rant.
    ############################

    Hue was fired because he didn’t improve the record, he couldn’t motivate the players to win games they absolutely had to win (like Miami), he presided over the most penalized NFL team of all time and, of course, the rants, crying, huffing, puffing and pontificating.

  • DeuceDeuce

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    What do we need urgently more in the Draft¦ RG, DT, LT, CB?????? Don’t worry we will have picks come draft time .

    ***

    DR55,

    Carlisle, Campbell, Hurd & Parsons to compete at RG

    Barksdale, Campbell, Barnes & Heyer to compete at RT opposite Veldheer (LT)

    Seymour, Kelly, Henderson & Bryant at DT

    Routt, CJ37, Chekwa, DVD & Sheppard at CB

    in Round 3 with Nnamdi’s comp pick we need to get a Corner to replace CJ37 & Sheppard or a MLB to replace Blackstock & Brown

    McClain sucks and we have no depth behind him. CJ37 & Lito are old and slow

    —-

    Nailed it.

    Although I’d like to get a vet MLB & OLB in FA too..

  • Chris in NY

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    The Big Banana Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    Hue ushered himself out the door with that season ending rant.
    ############################

    Hue was fired because he didn’t improve the record, he couldn’t motivate the players to win games they absolutely had to win (like Miami), he presided over the most penalized NFL team of all time and, of course, the rants, crying, huffing, puffing and pontificating.

    ————————————

    Hue was fired because Chubby Checker wanted to “bring in his own guy.”

    Are you guys calling the new GM a liar? Because that’s what he’s repeatedly stated in public as the one and only reason for Hue’s firing.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chris Simms is at the Senior Bowl looking to get into the coaching business.

    ***

    DD,

    seriously?

    Wasn’t he just arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated with marijuana in New York last year?

    WIKI = never wrong!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I hope Big Mac is scouting us some Milddle Linebackers! Slowlando is getting fatter by the minute!

  • Raider Riff

    where is this “mystery candidate” story coming from?

  • DKnight007

    DEATHROW 55 Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    What do we need urgently more in the Draft¦ RG, DT, LT, CB?????? Don’t worry we will have picks come draft time

    ^^^^^^^
    LB’s, a good NT, more LB’s and a big CB. Then a RT.

    Find a true blocking FB and maybe another TE who is pass catcher and can cause mismatches.

    I wanted to the Raiders to draft Henry Hyonski last year in Round 6 or 7 and he was there in Round 6.

    I would have rather had Hyonski ahead of Richard Gordon.

  • DeuceDeuce

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    Chris Simms is at the Senior Bowl looking to get into the coaching business.

    ***

    DD,

    seriously?

    Wasn’t he just arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated with marijuana in New York last year?

    WIKI = never wrong!

    —-

    No joke.

    I thought he was cleared in that case?

  • jmcneal333

    I just hope that the Raiders retain Al Saunders as the Offensive Coordinator. He knows the team and they know his offense. We need to keep going in the direction that we are going in there.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Could we trade the Flag Factory we have at CB for a 7th rounder? I dont think Routt would get us anything more than a 7th.

  • Chris in NY

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    I hope Big Mac is scouting us some Milddle Linebackers! Slowlando is getting fatter by the minute!

    ————————————————-

    Hopefully, but doubtful.

    Chubby Checker is probably too busy scouting out some all-you-can-eat buffets in Mobile, Ala., this week.

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  • DeuceDeuce

    jmcneal333 Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    I just hope that the Raiders retain Al Saunders as the Offensive Coordinator. He knows the team and they know his offense. We need to keep going in the direction that we are going in there.

    —-

    OK wait. So who’s offense is it?

    Hue Jackson’s or Al Saunders?..

  • DKnight007

    # jmcneal333 Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I just hope that the Raiders retain Al Saunders as the Offensive Coordinator. He knows the team and they know his offense. We need to keep going in the direction that we are going in there.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I agree. If Allen or Moss or mystery guy wind up with the gig, than there is no point in switching to a new offensive terminology and bringing in a whole new offensive coaching staff.

    Keep Saunders, Wylie, Wiz and even that Penguin looking RB coach Skipper.

    I think Bones Fassel should stay also.

    Allen and Bones can have a competition and see who can get bigger and stronger and gain the most weight first! LOL

  • No Mas Diamante

    Reggie should have the right to hire his own guy and his doing his due dilligance by interviewing so many canidates. I’m sure he is hearing alot of interesting perspectives on our team.

    Regtgie came highly recomended by some well respected people. Way too early to bash the guy.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Reggie seems to be a deliberate man, from a deliberate organisation.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • Grass Hopper

    Peace out.

  • 303Raider

    Hue was fired because Reggie wanted his guy, end of story.

    I’ve been calling all a
    Ong for. defensive HC, good news with that

    AND

    He is from our Division!! I live in Denver and I can Tell you this guys is a good, hard nosed, tough coach. He got the Donks defense to improve. Don’t look at the Stas as hey were horrible the first 7 games. When the went on that win streak they were holding opponents to 17 points on average. Also That offense with Teblow would punt the whole game so more Kudos to Dennis Allen!!!

  • jmcneal333

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    jmcneal333 Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    I just hope that the Raiders retain Al Saunders as the Offensive Coordinator. He knows the team and they know his offense. We need to keep going in the direction that we are going in there.

    —-

    OK wait. So who’s offense is it?

    Hue Jackson’s or Al Saunders?..
    _______________________

    They were using a hybrid of Jackson and Saunders. Most of the stuff came from Saunders. They only used about 50% of his playbook. He has one of the largest playbooks in the NFL. We need to keep this guy no matter what.

  • mark l

    How many points did Denver give up to New England?

  • Raider Riff

    mystery guy could be Gruden? we still have hope.

  • Hagar the Horrible

    I doubt if Chubby Checkers’ new headcoach will be running “fake punts” that go for 48 yards, or “fake field goals” that go for long gains. Most coaches don’t have the bzlls.

    I’ll watch the new coaching staff and I’ll wish them sucess because I’m a Raiders’ fan first. However, I wish we still had Hue and I would have liked to see how sucessful he could have been. I also like Wisnewski and Woodson as first year coaches and I hate to see us lose both of them.

    Ya, thanks Chubby Checkers, you freaking idiot.

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  • redshirt

    “Defensive collapses against Buffalo, Denver and San Diego in the season finale helped keep the Raiders out of the playoffs.”

    Don’t forget the defensive collapse against Detroit and the near collapse in Minnesota against a Peterson-less Vikings team.

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