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Raiders hire Allen to replace fired Jackson

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 5:53 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders have reached agreement with Dennis Allen to be their head coach, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
Allen and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie met for a second time in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday and hammered out the details of a contract that will make Allen the franchise’s 18th coach — Art Shell had two stints.
The Raiders have not commented on Glazer’s report, which later was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A news conference introducing Allen likely will take place in Alameda before week’s end. McKenzie still is in Alabama for the lead up to the Senior Bowl.
Allen, 39, was the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator last season. Under his guidance, the Broncos defense improved from 29th in average yards allowed to 20th and from 32nd in points to 24th.
He also interviewed for the St. Louis Rams coaching vacancy, which ultimately went to Jeff Fisher. Allen also has coached the secondary and defensive line during his 10-year NFL coaching career. He has spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Broncos.
McKenzie said the day he was introduced as the Raiders general manager that he fired Hue Jackson, in part, because he wanted “my guy.” In the end, McKenzie hired a guy in Allen in which he has no previous ties.
Allen is well regarded in NFL coaching circles as bright, energetic, hard-working and driven to succeed. He inherits a Raiders team that went 8-8 the past two seasons but has no winning seasons since 2002, when they advanced to the Super Bowl.
Late Raiders managing general partner Al Davis favored offensive-minded coaches. John Madden in 1969 was the last coach hired by the Raiders with an offensive-based background.
Allen will have sole authority to hire the coaches on his staff. Offensive coordinator Al Saunders has a strong shot at sticking around so that Allen can go about the process of improving the Raiders without having to worry too much about that side of the ball.
It’s defense where the Raiders need the most work, and that happens to be Allen’s specialty. The Raiders allowed 31 touchdowns passes last season, 5.1 yards per carry and the third-most points in franchise history (431).
Allen employed a 4-3 defensive scheme with the Broncos last season. McKenzie said he favors whichever scheme works best.
For now, the Raiders personnel is best suited to running the 4-3. We’ll wait until speaking with Allen to see what his intentions are along those lines.
Here’s how Allen described what he expected from the Broncos defense before last season, in an interview with the Broncos website: “We’re going to be built off speed and athleticism. We want to be a very fast, violent, aggressive type of defense.”
McKenzie fired Jackson on Jan. 10 and immediately set about identifying the best person to help the Raiders emerge from their nine-year funk.
He also interviewed Todd Bowles (Dolphins), Marty Mornhinweg (Eagles), Pete Carmichael Jr. (Saints) and Winston Moss Packers). Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers also surfaced as potential candidates, though none interviewed.

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  • alex7

    Deuce Deuce

    success = having your coordinated unit in the top half of the league.

    Easy. Now go find me a successful HC that didn’t do that as an OC/DC/or ST coordinator.

  • luvmarvhub

    “You’ll never convince me in a million years McKenzie wanted Allen over “HIS GUY” in Green Bay.”

    No one cares what you’re convinced of. You’re evidently and very bored or lonely person.

  • araiderso

    we get allen, they get del rio as dc.
    good trade?

  • luvmarvhub

    Now, go away.

  • FreddieB

    1248.alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    YA

    yet all that “talent” wasn’t getting it done, until the real coach showed up.

    So we agree that coaching is more relevant than talent, being that similar talent was turned into top units, despite mostly same players being there.

    ————————————–
    Shanny may disagree. With Elway he was the “mastermind.” Without Elway he is just another s-head that will probably be looking for work at the end of next year.

  • YoungAmerican

    alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    YA

    yet all that “talent” wasn’t getting it done, until the real coach showed up.

    So we agree that coaching is more relevant than talent, being that similar talent was turned into top units, despite mostly same players being there.

    ————–

    Yes, coaching always trumps talent. That’s why the Broncos defense was able to keep them in games, even with Tebow struggling, in spite of having only a few players who could crack the starting lineup on any other defense in the league.

  • doriangray

    wow, herm edwards as our d coordinator . never thought about it . tthat would make sum headlines. he would be soo intense .

  • DeuceDeuce

    alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    Deuce Deuce

    success = having your coordinated unit in the top half of the league.

    Easy. Now go find me a successful HC that didn’t do that as an OC/DC/or ST coordinator.

    —-

    So you term for success isnt winning? Its stats.

    Because Perry Fewell is one of the hotter HC candidates. His D ranked near the bottom of the league this year. And he’s in the Super Bowl.

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    Raiderdav Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    this has JOSH MCDANIEL writing all over, I HOPE Im Wrong, but I dont know I cant see a REBEL UNDISCIPLINED team listening to a PUNY SKINNY 39 year Old Nobody.
    ——–
    Reggie will cut their ass if they don’t get in line.

  • Dakota

    1250.raiderdav Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    this has JOSH MCDANIEL writing all over, I HOPE Im Wrong, but I dont know I cant see a REBEL UNDISCIPLINED team listening to a PUNY SKINNY 39 year Old Nobody.
    +++++++++++++++++++

    The skinny punk sounds like he is a no-nonsense type of guy, and don’t forget, he will have that huffing, puffing, mouth breathing giant GM standing behind him taking copious notes on all the overpaid fools who look like they are not standing at attention to their new General.

    Party is over you fools. No more pizza parties! Time to work or get the fk out! Yeah, I am talking to you Slowlando McFatazz!

  • alex7

    true Freddie B.

    QBs trump all. Manning showed that.

    To win, necessary is

    QB play, DC, HC in that order.

    Mr. Davis ignored the first two for a long, long time.

  • DeuceDeuce

    OK, Im really out this time. Couldnt resist that meatball.

    Raider on, Raiders.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I guess it’s a good thing McKenze didn’t hire Winston Moss. The Racist dog-whistle’s would be going off like hell.

    The food-Stamp General Manager, for example. Lol.

  • FreddieB

    1261.alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    true Freddie B.

    QBs trump all. Manning showed that.

    To win, necessary is

    QB play, DC, HC in that order.

    Mr. Davis ignored the first two for a long, long time.
    ————————-
    Agree.

  • alex7

    Dakota

    you don’t blame McClain for being as fast as he is, do you?

    Not sure how much a guy can improve that.

    He succeeded at the top college program.
    He was drafted by an organization with cheap coaches.
    He was placed in a new position.

    Blame the organization first.

  • jesusraiderjim

    There will be no bullsh*t with this coach I would be willing to bet. Players need to do what they are asked or told to do and shut the fu*k up period! It is as simple as that. That attitude is what we need to turn this around.

  • alex7

    DD

    coordinators aren’t in charge of winning.

    They can only control their side of the ball.

    See ya.

  • doriangray

    that would get me excited. hire herm edwards as the raiders defensive coordinator . i just bet the players would listen to him .

  • alex7

    lol @ perry felwell being one of the “hottest” coach candidates around.

    How many interviews? How many HC openings are there left?

    Thought so.

  • araiderso

    of course coaching trumps talent! sf 49ers proved that, they went that far with basically the same team singletary had. the proof is in the puddin

  • Dakota

    1265.alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    Dakota

    you don’t blame McClain for being as fast as he is, do you?

    Not sure how much a guy can improve that.

    He succeeded at the top college program.
    He was drafted by an organization with cheap coaches.
    He was placed in a new position.

    Blame the organization first.
    ++++++++++++

    Bull scht, the organization is not to blame for his double chin, his pot belly, and his tendency to quit on plays the second a player has gone by him.

    That stuff in inexcusable.

  • alex7

    This is 2012, not 1970. Adjust reality accordingly. Unless you’re Bill Belichick or Tom Coughlin and can get away with it because your x’s and o’s knowledge is 50 times higher than your opponent (Bill) or you have Eli Manning (Tom).

    ———–

    jesusraiderjim Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    There will be no bullsh*t with this coach I would be willing to bet. Players need to do what they are asked or told to do and shut the fu*k up period! It is as simple as that. That attitude is what we need to turn this around.

  • alex7

    Dakota

    you’re saying McClain quit on plays more often than others?

    Or was it an ORGANIZATION-wide failure? Because I saw “pro bowler” Seymour quit on many plays.

    Yet McClain was our leading tackler game after game. Odd.

  • alex7

    This man gets it! It’s all about the DC and OC, scheme baby.

    araiderso Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    of course coaching trumps talent! sf 49ers proved that, they went that far with basically the same team singletary had. the proof is in the puddin

  • FreddieB

    Coaching does not trump talent. Good coaching puts players in positions where they can be successful. Need both. Never seen a coach fill a gap or make a tackle.

  • Dakota

    Madden Raider,

    Richard Seymour is how old? McClain is like 24 and plays like he is an old dog vet who has little left in his tank.

    Seymour is disappointing too. But plenty of other guys are hustling around the field.

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  • cfrylopez

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2012/01/should-mark-davis-move-the-oakland-raiders-back-to-la-poll.html Help Keep the Raiders in Oakland Vote No in LA Times poll asking should the Raiders move to LA

  • alex7

    FreddiB

    other than QB, coaching matters more.

    49ers, Ravens, Patriots with Matt Cassel, Texans with Wade Phillips, Raiders after Gruden hangover season, Bucs after Gruden left, Chargers going from Mike Riley to Norv Turner…

  • alex7

    So Dakota

    McClain at his sluggish self was still one of our best tacklers and play-makers.

    Sounds like a success-story waiting to happen once he’s given a legit DC.

  • FreddieB

    1279.alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    FreddiB

    other than QB, coaching matters more.

    49ers, Ravens, Patriots with Matt Cassel, Texans with Wade Phillips, Raiders after Gruden hangover season, Bucs after Gruden left, Chargers going from Mike Riley to Norv Turner…

    ———————————-
    Agree. Dosen’t “Trump.”

  • al d. davis

    Look at McClain,

    Small, beady animal eyes without luster demonstrating lack of intelligence;

    Sluffed off chin demonstrating under-breeding;

    Nasty goatee demonstrating a knack for eating bad puzzy…

    In his booking photos (regarding “the incident” in which he shrugs off a $25M contract in favor of ghetto gun-play) he wears horizontal green striped sweater demonstrating he is a circus clown instead of the captain of the defense of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises.

    Enough said ?????

  • araiderso

    this team has the talent to make the tournament for years to come. we need the proper defensive coaching, hopefully its arrived. if not we made a mistake not let hubert bring in his own man.

  • al d. davis

    alex7, #1280,

    How do justify such an allegation, Alex?

  • FreddieB

    Has anyone heard an explanation of what all that Shawn Jones was hired as asst GM talk was all about?

  • doriangray

    i cant stand the fact that gay people use the rainbow as a sign of homosexuality . god gave us the rainbow as a sign of what will happen if u can just endure the storm . but gay people hve the audacity 2 pervert a true visual miracle .

  • Just Fire Baby

    Almost 1300 posts in less than 24 hours since the last post.

    That is almost one every minute.

    Pretty impressive.

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    KevinBossman Kevin Boss
    Very excited about the hiring of our new head coach Dennis Allen! #RaiderNation
    1 minute ago Favorite Retweet Reply
    ——
    Interpretation: So glad that Hue is gone. That jack ass would rather throw the ball to Housh than use the tight end.

  • YoungAmerican

    God created man-on-man rimjobs, too.

    PRAISE THA LAWD JESUS-AHH.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The worst part of the McClain arrest, wasn’t the charges, his stupid smile or the timing of it.

    I say, it was the fact that our starting MLB was wearing BORDERLINE SKINNY JEANS WITH SOME TYPE OF DESIGNER WHITE BELT.

    Puke!!

  • alex7

    Al D. Davis

    if someone as shallow as you can be intelligent enough to post online,

    then there must be hope for all, no?

  • al d. davis

    Alex, I am waiting for you to justify statistically your claim about the sub-moron, McClain. I say send him packing, back to queer-nation with a banana between his teeth.

    Mostly what I saw of the sub-moron was out of position, bad angles, mis-reads, cartwheeling, arms churning, missed arm tackles, as runners of all types -RBs, QB’s (Tebow just destroyed him), WR, FBs – blew right past him.

    I can’t forget his unmitigated audacity to claim that he would never talk to the press again while 3 days later in an interview stating he was playing very well since the “incident”; even his Momma said so.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If your going to be a MLB in the NFL, and are going to be thugging it up, than dammit, give me a nike hoodie and some sweat pants hanging off your azz.

  • FreddieB

    1288.Albert Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    KevinBossman Kevin Boss
    Very excited about the hiring of our new head coach Dennis Allen! #RaiderNation
    1 minute ago Favorite Retweet Reply
    ——
    Interpretation: So glad that Hue is gone. That jack ass would rather throw the ball to Housh than use the tight end.

    ————————————
    So the players are acknowledging it before the team? Some things never change.

  • alex7

    dorian

    that was so randomly interesting lol

  • al d. davis

    alex7 #1292,

    Save the small talk about me and prove your claim….

  • alex7

    D Davis

    did you see anything BETTER from any of our other players?

    Can’t blame all 11.

    Just like you couldn’t blame the Texans D two seasons ago before Wade arrived and actually coached them.

  • DKnight007

    # DKnight007 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Pagano to Colts as HC.

    Good hire by Colts.

    Pagano should have been interviewed here, but he knows how the Davis’ are cheap with paying head coaches.

  • DKnight007

    Any word yet on who Allen is looking to hire as his Coordinators and Assistants??

    These hires will be CRITICAL for kid Allen if he wants to succeed.

  • alex7

    Al D. Davis

    would have cut Vernon Davis after his first season,

    and Alex Smith by now too.

    And Reggie Bush after his first few years.

    And DMac after his first two.

    Or you can just give them a real coach. I like the latter.