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Raiders hire Allen to replace fired Jackson

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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  • al d. davis

    Just Fire Baby #1293:

    I am all for it, and I would praise the sub-moron for his gunplay if he only performed.

    Performance is key, not external trapping of dress and attitude without the performance.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Im not crazy about the hire at all, however i am willing to wait and see what he brings to the table. I will take it with guarded optimism, after all big mack knows more football than anyone on this board. I was fired up when hu jack came on, i would term my feelings today as luke warm or tepid enthusiasm. Not because he doesnt have the big name, simple because the stops he has made didnt produce very good defensive numbers. This doesnt mean he isnt the guy to get it done necessarily, but to a degree as a fan base we are flying blind. “use the force luke”, and trust in big mack

  • alex7

    good post Mistic.

    I haven’t seen a successful HC that wasn’t top-15 as a coordinator before.

    That said, HCs are a bit overrated, while DCs and OCs are underrated. The next few hires will make or break next season, along with the health of Palmer and DMac.

  • DKnight007

    Well, I’m glad “Chubby Checker” haha….didn’t hire the bad retreads like Morningwood, Tice or Capers.

    If he was going to look at retreads, at least look at GOOD retreads like Gruden, Fisher and Cowher.

    Allen is going to need to make the right choices for his staff. If he hires the Chuck B’s of the coaching world, that will not do him, the team or fans of Raider Nation any damn good!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Dennis Allen won a Super Bowl with his EXACT unit picking off Peyton to house the game-winner.

    I don’t care if he picked his nose for the rest of his career, that is something none of our recent hires ever even came close to.

  • al d. davis

    alex7 #1300,

    No Alex, I wouldn’t have cut those players you listed. Because they were mired in a horrible system worse than the Raiders and had little to no chance to perform.

    Plus they didn’t shrug at a huge contract in favor of ghetto nonsense aka “the incident”.

  • al d. davis

    Alex, you are correct about applying a good coach. If memory serves me, you supported retaining Hue?

  • John Tweedy

    Al D. Davis Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    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 ?????

    So you are saying RoNegro is Black AND G@Y?

  • doriangray

    alex , these guys post about hitler in here and other crap . i thought that was OUR thing . heck lol . & jfb , thats how young ( thugs) dress these days. tight pants and pink bubble coats. in the 70`s im sure tough guys had a screwed up sense of style also .

  • hendu

    1271,Dakota on fire,and RIGHT

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    good post Mistic.

    I haven’t seen a successful HC that wasn’t top-15 as a coordinator before.

    That said, HCs are a bit overrated, while DCs and OCs are underrated. The next few hires will make or break next season, along with the health of Palmer and DMac.
    ====================================

    That is it in a nutshell. There are now two questions in my mind that will determine the fate of next seasons team.

    1.) can allen elevate the play of our dreadful defense? If not for epic collapses starting in buffalo, we should have made the playoffs.

    2.) can palmer improve his play and cut down the pics? i dont need 25 tds and 20 picks. He can give us 20-25 tds and 10 picks or less we will be in good shape offensively.

  • doriangray
  • Just Fire Baby

    When was the last time Al Saunders even called a play in the postseason?

    It was almost 10 years ago!!

    Dennis Allen was doing it a few weeks ago.

    Great hire.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    All this talk about Allen pro and con. One thing I can say and I watched I think all the games on Rewind this year is that our defense often looked confused and often gave up big plays with people out of position. There were also strange exotic coverages like DE’s and LBs covering receivers that did not fool anybody. Bresh in 2001 had really good veteran smart talent and they probably covered a lot of the lack of him as a Coach. Now in 2011 he had young players and they made all kinds of mental mistakes. It sounds like Allen is the exact opposite and for that I think the Def. will improve. If they keep Saunders I think the offense will improve because of the extra time Palmer will get in off season. Also we wont have Hue’s silly play calls to deal with.

  • Just Fire Baby

    & jfb , thats how young ( thugs) dress these days. tight pants and pink bubble coats.

    ***********************

    Cam’Ron at SS?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Dennis Allen won a Super Bowl with his EXACT unit picking off Peyton to house the game-winner.

    I don’t care if he picked his nose for the rest of his career, that is something none of our recent hires ever even came close to.
    ==================

    I dont think allen called the defense for the saints, so i cant give him all of the credit for that play. The saints defense wasnt very good that year, just good enough. they reminded me of our defense during our last super bowl window, middle of the pack but coupled with an explosive offense giving them a slight edge, playing with a lead often.

    Lots of people vouch for him and say he is something special so I will give big mack the benefit of the doubt in the mean time.

  • alex7

    1960

    weren’t Hue’s “silly” playcalls the reason we went from 31st in offense to 5th, and 12th last year?

  • Just Fire Baby

    The 2009 World Champion Saints, had the 3rd most int’s and the 2nd best QB rating (67 on the year!!!) allowed.

    I would say Allen should have got a HC job after that season.

  • hendu

    1289,Just threw up,thanks for the bs

  • al d. davis

    John Tweedy # 1308,

    I am saying McClain plays like he is gay. Skin color is irrelevant to me, Tweedy. Mostly though he is underbread and very unintelligent with little football savvy.

    I attack him on personally because he is creepy, was given every chance and blew it.

  • alex7

    wow JFB

    secondary coach to Head Coach huh? Going straight for the historically quickest ascension?

    No rose-colored glasses there :)

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    1322 posts. What the hell is going on here? you call this reporting? please post something, anything, on madden, on wolf, on marc davis, get the hamster on the treadmill and do something!

  • jraider

    In Reggie we trust

  • al d. davis

    alex7 #1317,

    There were a number of factors beyond Hue’s control regarding the success of the offense in 2010. The fact that JaMarcus was cut gave the offensive a tremendous life. Also, in 2010, our schedule was very easy, in which we played mainly bottom tier teams with losing records.

    However, this season, 2011, we suffered a drop-off, maybe due to injuries, maybe not. Hue’s play calling did go stagant however, even with Al Saunders present.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    The 2009 World Champion Saints, had the 3rd most int’s and the 2nd best QB rating (67 on the year!!!) allowed.

    I would say Allen should have got a HC job after that season.
    ===================

    those numbers dont mean much to me the way I remember it the saints were a scoring Juggernaut that year. teams playing from behind had to pass and were in very predictable situations. this allowed them to turn up the heat and get their hands on a lot of passes. Im not certain how much allen had to do with it, other than having his guys ready to seize opportunities when they came up.

    I wont put to much stock in the stat line from the saints super defense, it wasnt all that.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    1322 posts. What the hell is going on here? you call this reporting? please post something, anything, on madden, on wolf, on marc davis, get the hamster on the treadmill and do something!
    ————————————–
    I guess Corkran/Jerry are waiting for a official announcement from the Raiders?

  • YoungAmerican

    I wonder if Allen will try to bring in CB Tracy Porter.

  • 515Raidah

    cfrylopez Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    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
    ==================================================
    This is important to vote NO! The developers and financers must see that thre Raiders are not wanted in LA (capitol of plastic surgeries) and thus deter any investments. Vote NO now!

  • BewareofRaiders

    Atleast we can actually be active in FA instead of sitting back watching good players go. Finnagen would be a good pick up (let lito and cj walk) if possible get beast mode and trade murphy let chaz walk and get desean jackson i dont see the eagles coughing up money. Having Moore DHB Ford and DJackson is scary. And he is from Cal. And he can return our punts and we wouldnt have to worry about throwing moore back there. And use Boss some more unlike Hue. And get Bowles as DC. Del rio might land in donkeyville

  • 515Raidah

    Albert Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    RealSkipBayless Skip Bayless
    Tebow 100% responsible for Dennis Allen getting Raiders job. If Orton had kept job, team finishes maybe 4-12 & nobody knows D coordinator.
    3 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
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    Enough with the Tebow sh*t already.
    ============================================

    Why you hate Tebow so much?

  • nycraider

    I can’t guarantee that Allen will be the next tomlin but I think many of you hue Jackson supporters going after Reggie is uncalled for. Chris in Ny who loves huejack is talking about jano n shane being let go is crazy. Mark Davis said he needs a new stadium and we will have trouble competing for the big ticket free agents without one. So that signals that guys like Mario Williams is off the table but I didn’t get the feeling he was not tearing our roster apart. Hating on Reggie in January is so uncalled for. Bottom line , hue was part of problem not solution. Reggie made a good move. Also Madden and wolf were both involved in getting Reggie here. So until I see the team that’s gonna hit the field I remain,positive.

  • YoungAmerican

    @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson
    Hearing lbs coach dean pees very likely to get ravens defensive coordinator job

  • DKnight007

    Latst scuttlebutt is that Allen may be looking at Niners secondary coach Ed Donatell and Queef secondary coach Emmitt Thomas as possible Raider DC’s.

  • Goooooooooooogle NEW AND IMPROVED FLAVOR

    Allen could be a hire that vaults Reggies GM status thru the roof. Finding his guy might mean something more than words. If Allen is able to take the Raiders to the Super Bowl and win as a rookie HC, Reggie comes out of it as pure genius. Sifting thru available coaches like a private detector, Reggie comes up with Dennis Allen:

    -a competitor in our own division. Has the scoop on all AFC West teams.

    -a defensive minded disciplinarian is exactly what this team needs

    -eager to prove himself, Allen has the support of a legit GM

    Reggie has out done himself with this hire. The big one is ours for the taking. Good job Reggie, now lets get busy.

  • djohnnyg

    The DENNIS ALLEN HC report is NOT A DONE DEAL according to NFLN.

    (Siciliano about a half hour ago).

  • djohnnyg

    Reggie may be having second thoughts according to NFLN.

    It is interesting that if it were a done deal why no announcement from Raiders yet.

  • RaiderReggie

    I think Dennis Allen will be good for the Raiders. He knows how to defend the offenses in the AFC West. I rather take a chance on a young hungury coach than an old an retread coach. Many of these old retreads haven’t won anything yet either. Champ Bailey was talking on ESPN Radio about how Dennis Allen pays attention to detail and he holds players responsible.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Interesting words from John Madden regarding what a “head coach” means. Ie, not someone who runs one side of the ball, but someone who is in charge of everything and responsible for everything.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyhPkoJTZIk

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    I heard Jay Glazer yesterday on local sports talk radio, when he broke the news on Allen..

    He said that one thing that could hang up the deal, was the amount of money for asst. coaches saleries..

    Allen doesn’t want to be forced to get guys on the cheap..

    Could help explain the delay of confirmation from the Raiders, on the hire…

    foxsportsradio.com. petros and money show link.. If you want to hear it for yourselves…They have an show archive link…

  • alex7

    djohnny

    to be fair, the Raiders rarely announce anything before the rest of the press does, even when it’s official.

  • Twocents

    Walterfootball reports that the Raiders have interviewed NT Ta’Amu (Washington) and a couple of possesion type receivers (Quick, Criner) believed to be late round prospects, among others, at the Senior Bowl.
    I know it’s not much but food for thought.

  • alex7

    Hmm, and we know Hue was passionate about bringing in some real coordinators (not cheap).

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    909RaiderLifer Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I heard Jay Glazer yesterday on local sports talk radio, when he broke the news on Allen..

    He said that one thing that could hang up the deal, was the amount of money for asst. coaches saleries..

  • alex7

    Weird GG, being that Davis continually hired head coaches to basically run the O, and were shunned when they tried to tamper with the D or the D-Coordinators.

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    GG Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Interesting words from John Madden regarding what a “head coach” means. Ie, not someone who runs one side of the ball, but someone who is in charge of everything and responsible for everything.

  • John Tweedy

    No worries dude, he will never figure it out. The only one you need is Brian Duke.

  • DKnight007

    1332.YoungAmerican Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson
    Hearing lbs coach dean pees very likely to get ravens defensive coordinator job

    ^^^^^^^^
    Not surprising and that makes sense for the Ravens.

    That sucks, I was hoping Pees would be considered as the DC here with Raiders.

    Slim chance though, since Allen has never worked with him before.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Al passed away week 4. Hue was in total control week 5-17.

  • DKnight007

    1340.alex7 Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 5:16 pm
    djohnny

    to be fair, the Raiders rarely announce anything before the rest of the press does, even when it’s official.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Raiders PR department is a mess.

    Can’t wait until Reggie cleans that dept up and fires John Herrera.

  • RaiderReggie

    Fire John Herrera NOW!

  • FormerlyGoodOle00

    So, in other words, what 66 and other backwards posters are saying, Mac saying he wants his guy, didn’t mean he had his own guy in mind, he was saying he wanted anyone than the one chosen by the deceased owner?
    ??
    really?
    It’s one or the other.
    If he had no one close to him, in mind, then Hue should have gotten the same consideration anyone got.
    If mac had no one in mind, means hes not confident in running things with someone other than someone owing him.

    Not all that impressed with Mac, to be honest.

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