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Raiders make Allen’s hire official

Common knowledge became official Friday when Dennis Allen was named head coach of the Raiders.

The Raiders issued a press release announcing a press conference to introduce Allen on Monday at noon at the club facility in Alameda.

Allen, 39, replaces Hue Jackson, fired by general manager Reggie McKenzie after an 8-8 season, with McKenzie saying he wanted to hire his “own guy.’’

No contract terms were revealed, although Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported it as a four-year deal.

Allen has essentially been in place as the head coach since Tuesday night, when he and McKenzie reached a handshake agreement.

The Denver Broncos had already acknowledged Allen’s departure, with coach John Fox telling the Denver Post Wednesday it was a “great opportunity’’ for a defensive coordinator hired only a year ago.

The first coach with a defensive background hired by the Raiders since Al Davis hired John Madden in 1969, McKenzie will look to Allen to bring stability to an organization which will have its 10th different head coach since returning to Oakland in 1995 and the seventh over the past 10 seasons.

McKenzie said at the press conference announcing his hiring as general manager that the structure will be similar to what he experienced for 17 seasons working for the Green Bay Packers.

Allen will have complete control of the on-field operations such as practice schedules, choosing starting lineups and playing time and systems of offensive and defensive football.

He will have the freedom to choose his own coaching staff, which may or may not include some members of Jackson’s staff. Two coaches _ defensive line coach Mike Waufle and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal _ have moved on to the Rams and Jets.

When owner Al Davis was operating as GM, he had final say on assistant coaches and hired some himself, determined active and inactive players each week on game day and had ideas he wanted implemented, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Fox issued the following in a press release:

“I couldn’t be happier for Dennis with his new opportunity to become head coach of the Raiders,” Fox said. “He did a terrific job as our defensive coordinator, and I am not surprised that people around the NFL took notice of the role he played in our success.

“He’s a sharp guy who knows football, has a way of relating to his players and carries himself very well. Dennis is a strong motivator and teacher with an aggressive style of coaching. He will approach the job with tremendous energy and passion to get the most out of his team. His thorough understanding of defense, from the back to the front, and his ability to teach fundamentally and assignment-wise really helped us get better. He’s been around a lot of good people during his NFL career and has a very bright future ahead of him.

“I am thrilled for Dennis, his wife Alisson, and the entire Allen family, and I wish them all the best in Oakland.”

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  • Dakota

    Franchise bush? Lmao pure speculation. Reggie mckenzie is smarter than that.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Does this sound like Ray Lewis? From ESPN

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    The Pac-12 blog suspects Burfict’s play as well as off-field concerns might drop him from the first round entirely.

    Burfict has a big problem: He played for a coaching staff that just got fired. Many members of that staff are not fans of his. And because those coaches don’t have to be accountable to Burfict, his teammates or the program going forward, they will provide unvarnished takes on Burfict to NFL personnel men. Some won’t say nice things.

    Put this way: Burfict was benched in what is likely his last game as a Sun Devil. When his coaches asked him to return to the game, he reportedly refused, according to the Arizona Republic.

    That is not in the “How to Win Friends and Influence GMs” guide to the NFL draft.

    Then there’s this from former Arizona State QB Danny White when he appeared on Brad Cesmat’s radio show on XTRA Sports 910 AM in Phoenix on Nov. 29. Cesmat, according to the Arizona Republic, “mentioned that he thought ASU junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict was a microcosm of the [Dennis] Erickson era.”

    Replied White:

    “I agree 100 percent,” White said. “He was also the reason Dennis Erickson got fired. When your best football player is a guy like that, he’s what I call a coach killer. He’s such a great athlete, you have to have him on the field. But by the same token, the negatives outweigh the positives with him. As great a player as he is, you can’ t have that. And then what happens, when if you don’t take extreme measures with it, then it becomes a cancer on the team. And I started seeing other guys on the defense starting to act like that and I think it became infectious. No matter how good a player is, when he’s got that kind of attitude on the field, when he hurts you like Vontaze hurt the team, you got to get rid of him. As hard as that is, and it’s a hard thing to do, especially when he’s your best player, you just can’t have it or it does become a cancer, and I think he did.”

    Burfict probably could benefit from another year in college. For one, he didn’t play well this year, so he could return to the form that made him a consensus preseason All-American. And he desperately needs to grow up, something that won’t happen with folks around him coddling him and telling him the way he behaves is OK.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Vontaze Burfict might be the only MLB in the world less mature than Rolando McClain.

    From the Arizona Republic:

    In the final regular season game versus Cal, Burfict was flagged for a personal foul penalty following a Golden Bears touchdown that put them up 34-31 late in the 3rd quarter. Burfict was reportedly told he would sit out on Cal’s next offensive possession. Instead, he took off his helmet and sat on the bench with a towel over his head. He never returned to the game, and refused when the coaches told him to.

    In the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, Burfict didn’t start, played sparingly, drew another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and didn’t play another snap on defense following the flag, again refusing to re-enter the game when the coaching staff asked him to.

  • Dakota

    3rd round sounds like a good place to take a chance on a troubled lber.

  • FreddieB

    I heard some of that, but didn’t know is was nearly that bad. Stay away!!!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Why Del Rio?! Why Denver?!

  • YoungAmerican

    Burfict is not very good. Very questionable instincts. The only difference between him and McClain is that McClain had a good college career.

  • YoungAmerican

    Heard there are rumors of Keith Butler being a candidate, but not sure there’s any truth to that. Seems like the kind of rumors that stem from wishful thinking.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    4 people I really like, and the Raiders were observing at the Senior Bowl are:
    1- RB Terrance Ganaway
    2- DE Jake Bequette
    3- DE Jack Crawford
    4- DE Vinny Curry

    Make it happen McKenzie!
    I really like the players we are observing at the Senior bowl, and I think R McKenzie is doing a GREAT job so far!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Al probably would have traded up for Burfict, lol.

    I don’t think McKenzie wants his FIRST draft to have anything but high character, low-risk guys.

    After he gets settled, than he may take some flyers on guys like Burfict.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I also like LB Bobby Wagner. He will play WLB in the NFL IMO.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    We only have 2 draft picks as of now, correct? 5th & 6th.

  • djohnnyg

    762.Raider O Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 8:25 am
    We only have 2 draft picks as of now, correct? 5th & 6th.

    That is my understanding, but we have at least “compensatory” picks for Nnamdi and Miller that have yet to be determined where they will be.

    In the league tradition of screwing us, i’m sure it will be in the very late rounds.

  • YoungAmerican

    Ganaway and Bequette were two of the targets I mentioned for the Raiders early on. Perfect fits here.

    Bobby Wagner would be an incredible fit. Probably better suited to play WLB in the NFL, but apparently showed some skills at MLB too. Would take a trade up to acquire, but I’m sure McKenzie and Allen aren’t content to wait around until the end of the 3rd round.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I know we will get 1 for Nnamdi, but I don’t think we will get one for Miller.

  • djohnnyg

    Hypothetically speaking, IF the league wanted the Raiders in LA (or at least out of Oakland), does it benefit them to help to make us worse or better?

    If we are better, then the appeal to that other location would increase…everybody loves a winner right?

    On the flip side, if we tank and become one of the leagues bottom dwellars than we’re looking at 30,000 at the Coliseum again increasing the “urgency” to get out of dodge for greener pastures.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Ganaway, Bequette, and Wagner would be a perfect draft.
    Last year I wanted Chekwa & Wiz, we got them.
    The year before that, I wanted McClain, Houston, and Ford.

  • Just Fire Baby

    We ABSOLUTELY will get the very first compensatory pick, pick #97.

    They base it off of salary, and nobody that left any teams last year made more than Nnamdi

    And since it is based off Salary, Bruce Gradkowski is going to get us a higher compensatory pick than Zack Miller, lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    It used to be fairly easy to try to prognosticate our draft with Al.

    For instance with Gannaway, you used to be able to check him right off the list, due to him not having “Raider speed”.

    Now, who knows.

    I don’t think he will last into the 3rd round though.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I don’t know why Bequette is rated so low.

  • FreddieB

    Other than the Dennis Allen intro, do you expect anything else to be announced at the Monday presser?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Ganaway had great production, but his 40 time will hurt him.
    3rd /4th RD pick IMO.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I’m still mad about Del Rio going to Denver.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    HC: Allen
    OC: Saunders
    DC: ??

    Damn you Del Rio!

  • djohnnyg

    Hopefully they announce that they feel we have alot of talnented players on the team and they see no need to “blow it all up” and go into a full rebuilding mode this year”, but they will definitely be looking to upgrade at many position as they feel they were one defensive stop away from hosting a beat up Pittsburgh team in the playoffs and very likely advancing to a showdown matchup in NE.

    Note: I’m all for rebuilding if we need to but it’d be a shame to not see how this team can do with a few important changes at some key positions before throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    FreddieB Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Other than the Dennis Allen intro, do you expect anything else to be announced at the Monday presser?

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    The coaching staff, I’d expect.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    HC: Allen
    OC: Saunders
    DC: ??

    Damn you Del Rio!

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    DC: Bill Johnson, Richard Smith or Todd Bowles

  • djohnnyg

    773.Raider O Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 8:49 am
    I’m still mad about Del Rio going to Denver.

    We can’t blame him if we didn’t even go after him at all.

    I wonder if Reggie did.

    I heard nothing in that regard, so I don’t think Reggie even wanted him.

  • canadianraider

    We hired Allen before the other coaches this week..but we have yet to have a presser when all the other teams have moved forward signing their coordinators and we are still waiting..for what?…if we hire a dc from the packers…can we assume that reggie didnt leave the hiring to allen and that he has word on who comes in?…the more that things change, the more they stay the same…

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    canadianraider Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Can we assume that Reggie didn’t leave the hiring to Allen and that he has word on who comes in?

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    While I’m sure Reggie has some idea about who he’d like to see, he’s leaving the final decisions up to Allen. Relax. Assistants-wise, we’ll be fine.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I thought it was up to the new HC to hire his own staff, but I get your point. Can’t blame him, if we didn’t offer him a position.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Our best players on Defense were Branch & Wimbley.
    Seymour takes too many plays off, and So Nasty was injured.

  • djohnnyg

    Carson Palmer just turned 32 and i think he realizes that THIS IS THE TIME to do something or forever hold his peace.

    Does he have the desire to make a mark on this league and leave a legacy? Or not?

    I think he has it in him and we’re gonna see it this year.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LDE: Matt S, Dez
    DT: Seymour, Houston
    DT: FA NT, TK
    RDE: Rookie, Wimbley

    SLB: Wimbley
    MLB: McClain
    WLB: Rookie/ Curry

    CB: Routt, DVD
    CB: FA, Chekwa

    SS: resign Branch, MM
    FS: Huff, rookie

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    1- Fix the defense
    2- Add a solid RB (DMC can’t stay healthy)
    3- get a new RT!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    My FA wish list:
    1- Mario Williams
    2- C Nicks/ B Grubbs
    3- T Porter

  • morilla

    Anyone watch the Senior Bowl practice? Those left tackles looked horrible, almost all of them got man handled on one one drills.

  • canadianraider

    canadianraider Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Can we assume that Reggie didn’t leave the hiring to Allen and that he has word on who comes in?

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    While I’m sure Reggie has some idea about who he’d like to see, he’s leaving the final decisions up to Allen. Relax. Assistants-wise, we’ll be fine.

    im sure ur right duck…just questions going through our heads…only problem i have is how slow we are in cleaning house and bringing in the staff…its not like our organization is the cream of the crop right now…as fans we have waited long enough to change for the better..we deserve a sense of urgency from this organization to make things right!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    My wish list will cost us about 27-30 million in annual salary.

  • RaiderSam

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 7:36 am
    Vontaze Burfict IS NOT the next Ray Lewis. He is the Kimbo Slice of college LB’s. All youtube clips.

    Anybody who ACTUALLY watched any ASU games this year, would realize that he was the 2nd or 3rd best LB ON HIS OWN TEAM, and he hurt his draft stock tremendously this year, by basically playing like crap for most of the year and showing up massively overweight.

    You also got the maturity issues, fighting with his coaches and teammates, the stupid penalties and his collegiate eligibility issues now that are surfacing. This is a guy who brought his posse on the sideline and whopped it up for the ESPN cameras, while losing by 30 points on national TV!!!!

    He will be a major flop, and I don’t think he will be one of the first 5 LB’s taken in the draft (McShay has him as the #4 ILB).
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    I’ll take my chances.
    He’s a goon, and his play exploded off the charts in comparison with McClains

    Wes Bunting of National Football Post said he has the chance to be the best MLB in the draft. McShay doesnt know CRAP – he whiffed on both Jacoby Ford and Denarious Moore. But, i’ll say that Burfect is a risk…its mostly wishful thinking really

  • RaiderSam

    A talent with natural pop on contact, can hold the point of attack and for his size exhibits “plus” range and fluidity. Isn’t a guy who I could trust as a starting 43 mike as he needs to stay in control of his emotions and make the defensive calls. Needs to be put in a good locker room with a vet next to him to help him learn to be a professional. If he can overcome his struggles on the field mentally, he’s got the talent to be a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker.
    -Wes Bunting

    there is a link with a debate on whether he is a topflight LB

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/The-Vontaze-Burfict-Debate-6182.html

  • morilla

    I’d take Burfict over McClain right now in a heart beat.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    No way!

  • jesusraiderjim

    We do not need any more projects or questionable characters on our team. You are right he could pan out with a veteran mentor bot F*ck that we do not need him. On the other hand sure would have liked Delrio on our side now we just gotta kick his ass

  • RaiderSam

    Djohnnyg Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 8:34 am
    Hypothetically speaking, IF the league wanted the Raiders in LA (or at least out of Oakland), does it benefit them to help to make us worse or better?

    If we are better, then the appeal to that other location would increase…everybody loves a winner right?

    On the flip side, if we tank and become one of the leagues bottom dwellars than we’re looking at 30,000 at the Coliseum again increasing the “urgency” to get out of dodge for greener pastures.
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    For the millionth time. The Commissioner wants the 49ers and Raiders to share a venue, just as the Giants and Jets share a venue. When an NFC and AFC team share a state of the art venue, they split the profits with the visiting teams FROM BOTH DIVISIONS. Do you get that?

    They are focused on keeping the existing teams there, and moving the closest team (San Diego) or a non-market team (Jacksonville or St Louis) – Vikings basically just need to agree on a vote, but St Louis is probably the odds on favorite.

    One more time. The league operates better when existing teams KEEP their revenue streams in the same area, L.A. will get a team, just not the Raiders. The Commish even came to Oakland when they played the Patriots to pitch the idea of the shared stadium – then some politicos pretty much leaned on the city council to end the Battle of the Bay due to that dumb as 49er fan shooting Raider fan, so the interest in the rivalry would kill the chance of them sharing the stadium – but the Commissioner is extended into 2018, and he and the league have not forgotten how the Niners skirted the cap or how the Raiders beat them in their move.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Burfict is what you call a million dollar talent, and a ten cent head.

    The reason we haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years is because we have these type of players littered all over our roster.

    If the guy can’t dominate in college, which he didn’t and got progressively worse throughout his career, what makes us think he will be any good in the pro’s?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Seems to lose interest at times when things aren’t going his way and it takes the edge off his game.

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    The kid doesn’t have a passion for the game, IMO.

    Yes he likes hitting people, but that makes up, what, 25% of defense?

    Disinterested in staying disciplined, horrible in coverage, first one to quit, and twice had an opportunity to play on national TV, and he told his coach, “nah….I’ll pass”.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rolando McClain body slammed a guy on the field, KO’d Darren Sproles, and is about the first one on our defense to start pushing and shoving after the whistle.

    Just the same as Burfict, and I would say, Rolando is lacking passion for the game as well.

    Just because a guy is dirty and physical, doesn’t mean he is eager to review film and learn how to drop into the right zone on 3rd down.

    And that is 10 times more important than how eager you are to try to twist some guys neck off (like Burfict did to Luck).

  • Just Fire Baby

    I will be looking at the RT’s in the Senior Bowl, and while I hate pigeon-holing a position for a specific round, we absolutely need a RT.

    Not sure if Barksdale is the answer, and I know Bruce Campbell isn’t.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I will be looking at the RT’s in the Senior Bowl, and while I hate pigeon-holing a position for a specific round, we absolutely need a RT.

    Not sure if Barksdale is the answer, and I know Bruce Campbell isn’t.

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    These upcoming OTAs and camps will be Campbell’s chance to show he’s a legitimate NFL lineman and not just a good athlete PRETENDING to be an NFL lineman.

    Good luck to him, but we’ve had two complete OL staffs (Cable/Michalczik/Morgan and Wylie/Classic Wiz) give up so far. Not a good sign.