Spoke with several people at the Raiders since word broke that they had agreed to hire Dennis Allen as the replacement for fired head coach Hue Jackson. Every person interviewed said this is general manager Reggie McKenzie’s show, and they are waiting for word from him just like everyone else.
Allen and McKenzie reached agreement last night in Mobile, Ala., where they were to watch players practice in advance of the Senior Bowl. McKenzie was scheduled to return to Alameda today. No word on whether Allen stuck around for another day or two.
As of now, a news conference introducing Allen as the Raiders 18th coach — Art Shell served two stints — has not been scheduled. McKenzie told Comcast Bay Area via text message that he and Allen have a “handshake agreement” for Allen to be the Raiders new head coach.
It’s likely that Allen will sign the contract real soon and a news conference will take place before week’s end.
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