907

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.”

  • Share/Bookmark

Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Just Fire Baby

    And I never like the idea of the LT who gets moved to RT.

    Yes it works sometimes, but it usually take awhile to get up to speed.

    Just give me one of the best collegiate RT’s, as they tend to not be drafted as high.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bruce Campbell was never activated again on gameday after Al died.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Bruce Campbell was never activated again on gameday after Al died.

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

    Which goes to show the lack of faith Wylie and Classic Wiz had in him. Again, best of luck to him, but this is not good. He’s got to step it up NOW or find a new line of work.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

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

    HC: Allen
    OC: Saunders
    DC: ??

    Damn you Del Rio!
    ………
    Not going to be Emmitt Thomas according to KC Radio. He will be staying in KC as DB Coach.

  • YoungAmerican

    Again, I heard Keith Butler’s name being kicked around, but nothing confirmed yet. That would be an ideal hire if the rumors have any truth to them.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t see Saunders staying as the OC.

    Seems like there is going to be a fresh start with a whole new staff.

    Maybe Saunders impresses in the interview, and does have a solid resume.

    But I think we are going with a whole new set of faces, and realistically, a lot younger of ones to boot.

  • YoungAmerican

    If the Raiders are looking at offensive line help, Jeff Allen would be an immediate upgrade in pass protection on the right side. His stock is rising, though. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him eventually go in the early 3rd, especially if he’s as strong at the combine as he was in the Senior Bowl practices.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    wasbanned Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:01 am

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

    HC: Allen
    OC: Saunders
    DC: ??

    Damn you Del Rio!
    ………
    Not going to be Emmitt Thomas according to KC Radio. He will be staying in KC as DB Coach.

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

    It was reported last night, too. My guess is that at age 68, he doesn’t want to move halfway across the country for a defensive rebuilding job. He’ll probably just coach the KC DBs for another few years, then retire.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I don’t see Saunders staying as the OC.

    Seems like there is going to be a fresh start with a whole new staff.

    Maybe Saunders impresses in the interview, and does have a solid resume.

    But I think we are going with a whole new set of faces, and realistically, a lot younger of ones to boot.
    ….

    I would love to see Saunders stay just for the sake of continuity, but I won’t be mad if Allen brings in a new guy.

    What if he gets Assistant from Saints staff that can bring over some of what they do?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Damn you Del Rio!

    ——————————–
    Gotta be offered the job first. Can’t expect him to wait around forever to get asked. I wanted him also

  • devilr8er

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    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?
    ________________________________

    I have been following Burfict since he was a highly touted recruit from Corona Centinial. I am an ASU alum and watched him play the last three years. He had a dominant fresh and sophomore year. His junior year he took a dip. I attribute this to Coach Erickson, he is not a coach that is a disciplinarian. Look at his Miami teams they ran wild, but were talented enough to overcome the discipline issue. Burfict needs as well as other Raider players a strict disciplinarian and I think we have that with Allen. I think Reggie will shy against these types of players. Al Davis would of done everything possible to draft Burfict.

  • YoungAmerican

    Names to watch if the Raiders get pick #97:

    DT Kendall Reyes (perfect fit as a 4-3 1-tech; strong bullrush, tackling machine)

    DT Mike Martin (same as above)

    DE Jake Bequette (4-3 LDE, could stand up in 3-4 looks)

    LB Emmanuel Acho (possible 4-3 WLB, range and tackling ability, decent pass rusher)

    LB Keenan Robinson (same as his teammate, will need to get better at shedding blocks)

    OL Jeff Allen (very strong in pass protection, can play both tackle and both guard positions)

  • hellsbells

    What about Mathis from Indy or Osi from NY? Would allow Houston to slide inside. Like a two for one deal.

  • hellsbells

    Also like Carr and Landry for the secondary.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I could see Barksdale, being traded with our 5th or sixth to get into the early third round.

  • John Tweedy

    John Tweedy Says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    Jesusraiderjim Says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 11:38 am
    John Tweedy Says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 11:34 am
    Real Talk I gotta go my sons school just got put on lock down I wonder what type of people caused this Real Talk
    —————————————————
    His principal probably read some of your “real talk” posts and called fro a lock down before you came to pick your kid up!

    Actually not at all. The Principle at my sons school, like most other high ranking Businessmen, Owners, Officers, and Top Managers, feel the exact same way as I do about “G’s”. They just can’t speak their mind in public. It seems our State, Federal and UCMJ laws prohibit such truthfulness.

  • RaiderRetribution

    FA requests [preferences in order]:

    1> Mario Williams

    2> Carl Nicks

    3> L. Landry

    4> Reggie Wayne or M. Colston

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I could see Barksdale, being traded with our 5th or sixth to get into the early third round.

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

    I’d rather NOT do that, actually. I think Barksdale has the potential to start at either RG or RT this year.

  • YoungAmerican

    Yeah, o-line depth is a concern already. Barksdale will have a chance at starting with Barnes as an FA.

  • John Tweedy

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:44 am
    I could see Barksdale, being traded with our 5th or sixth to get into the early third round.

    So you trade Barks and a 5th to get into the 3rd and PRAY you get an O lineman as good as Barks? I have one question for you; what is the NET benefit?
    IMHO you loose a future starter and a 5th for a unknown. Not good.

    Unless this was a necessary trade to end up with a Franchise QB.

  • YoungAmerican

    Tracy Porter and Wesley Woodyard will very likely be FA targets.

  • raider till i die

    Go

  • raider till i die

    Ur right

  • John Tweedy

    Barks will be the LG, Wiz at C.

    RG and RT will be the best 2 between Barns, Coop, Campbell, 2-3 Vet FA’s, and 1-2 Drafted rookies.

    Veld starts at LT
    Sampson backs up C
    Barns stays as back up LT RT JTE

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    John Tweedy Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Barks will be the LG, Wiz at C.

    RG and RT will be the best 2 between Barns, Coop, Campbell, 2-3 Vet FA’s, and 1-2 Drafted rookies.

    Veld starts at LT
    Sampson backs up C
    Barns stays as back up LT RT JTE

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

    I’d prefer Barksdale at RG or RT and Heyer at LG. He and Baby Wiz were awesome in the first SD game.

  • John Tweedy

    I won’t be upset by Barks at RG RT or LG I just think he is good enough to man the LG, him between Wiz and Veld would be beyond solid RB and PB then we can concentrate our draft on right side linemen. It would be nice to have all 5 starters between 21 and 24 years old.

  • Raider Riff

    what style D does Bowles coach?

    is he a 3-4 or a 4-3 guy?

    If he is a 3-4 guy…Maybe the combination of Bowles and Allen would make for a awesome blending of the schemes. Some 3-4 and some 4-3.

    anyone else think thats a good idea?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Raider Riff Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    what style D does Bowles coach?

    is he a 3-4 or a 4-3 guy?

    If he is a 3-4 guy…Maybe the combination of Bowles and Allen would make for a awesome blending of the schemes. Some 3-4 and some 4-3.

    anyone else think thats a good idea?

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

    Sure. More ideas into the mix. The only question is whether he would feel comfortable with Allen dictating the game-day defense to him.

  • http://www.cannacenters.com R8rArt

    jesusraiderjim Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Damn you Del Rio!

    ——————————–
    Gotta be offered the job first. Can’t expect him to wait around forever to get asked. I wanted him also
    =================================
    Last team to sign our new head coach, and now also the last team to sign assts, which are being snatched up.

    Sure hope this pans out.

    With no draft picks next year, until late, means the new HC is already behind the 8ball.
    Allen has only one year as d coor, and now he is running everything, and has to find assts from a dwindling list.

  • http://www.cannacenters.com R8rArt

    Talk about falling off your self built pedestal?

    A month ago Hue was strutting around like a peacock.

    Now he’s fallen off the face of the earth.

    One interview and no one else even cares to talk to the guy?

    Hue just wrote the book on “Ways to screw up an NFL career”

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    R8rArt Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Last team to sign our new head coach, and now also the last team to sign assts, which are being snatched up.

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

    Actually, I think TB signed Schiano after we signed Allen. Just because the presser hasn’t been held yet doesn’t mean nothing’s going on already.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    R8rArt Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Talk about falling off your self built pedestal?

    A month ago Hue was strutting around like a peacock.

    Now he’s fallen off the face of the earth.

    One interview and no one else even cares to talk to the guy?

    Hue just wrote the book on “Ways to screw up an NFL career”

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

    I suspect that Mike Silver hit piece turned off a LOT of potential employers. Hue may have just pulled a Mangini. Broadcast booth might the next stop.

  • jesusraiderjim

    That is true. We don’t know what is up. I am sure Reg and Allen ain’t just sittin around and not thinking about the next move. We are gonna be plesantly surprised in the near future. Book it.

  • jesusraiderjim

    I suspect that Mike Silver hit piece turned off a LOT of potential employers. Hue may have just pulled a Mangini. Broadcast booth might the next stop.
    ———————————-
    He’s definitely got the nails for it.

  • YoungAmerican

    I suspect that Mike Silver hit piece turned off a LOT of potential employers.

    ———–

    Yep. The last thing an organization wants is a guy who is going to go public with in-house stuff the moment he feels like he’s getting his toes stepped on.

    I liked the guy as a coach, but this is why Reggie McKenzie let him go.

  • jesusraiderjim

    One thing I got to say is you can’t coach desire. I really hope we have some guys step up and start to lead this team. Until then you could get Lombardi to coach this team and it wouldn’t matter.

  • aig-raiders

    The Mike Silver hit piece was dumb and sounded like a spurned ex-wife. All he did was hurt his future opps. But it showed his true self though. Too much street and not enough corporate smarts.

  • raiderzmaverick

    Why is Allen waiting so long to hire his assistants?

    We now lost a few GREAT DC’s before we hired Allen and now Del Rio is also taken (which I think is an upgrade at DC for Denver)

  • aig-raiders

    Sorry Hue fans. It looks like Hue didnt get a shot at the OC job in Indy after all. Per PFT, Bruce Arian is going to be offered the OC job there.

  • edward teach

    831.RaiderDuck Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    R8rArt Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Last team to sign our new head coach, and now also the last team to sign assts, which are being snatched up.

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

    Actually, I think TB signed Schiano after we signed Allen. Just because the presser hasn’t been held yet doesn’t mean nothing’s going on already.

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

    Pagano was hired by Indy after Allen agreed to come here as well.

    Nobody knew what was going on with the Raiders before Allen was hired. Nobody knows what’s going on with the staff right now. For all we know Allen could have his staff assembled; if the Raiders waited as long as they did to inform the public about the head coach they’re not going to break any records letting us know about his assistants.

    On a different topic, I suspect that even Hue’s biggest supporters in here are starting to figure out why McKenzie didn’t want him around. Doesn’t look like anyone else does, either.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    raiderzmaverick Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Why is Allen waiting so long to hire his assistants?

    We now lost a few GREAT DC’s before we hired Allen and now Del Rio is also taken (which I think is an upgrade at DC for Denver)

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

    Hey may be hiring them right now, or have already hired them. Didn’t they say the presser wouldn’t be held until the staff was lined up?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    edward teach Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    On a different topic, I suspect that even Hue’s biggest supporters in here are starting to figure out why McKenzie didn’t want him around. Doesn’t look like anyone else does, either.

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

    I’m starting to wonder if we won’t see him in the UFL next…

  • edward teach

    I’m starting to wonder if we won’t see him in the UFL next…

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

    Maybe he and Chuck B can present themselves as a package deal, lol.

    I have a feeling Raider fans are done dealing with clowns for coaches. Makes me very happy.

  • Twocents

    Levi Damien has convinced me that it is Bill Johnson for DC and keeping Saunders as OC.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Who’s Levi Damien? It’s a bit of an Omen that you’re quoting him all of a sudden…

  • Twocents

    The Omen.. Levi is over at Thoughts from the Dark Side.

  • jesusraiderjim

    I talked to Bill Wrangler and he don’t know what the F… is going on. I always liked Levis more anyway. He sounds legit

  • aig-raiders

    I have a feeling Raider fans are done dealing with clowns for coaches.
    ——————
    Yes Sir! It’s refreshing.

  • aig-raiders

    here you go boys…per thoughts from the darkside

    UPDATE: Just hours after confirming Emmitt Thomas was “in the mix” for the Raiders DC position, Alex Marvez confirmed that Thomas is “OUT of the mix”. BUT, as things often go, another candidate has come to light. Another defensive coach who has ties with Dennis Allen is the Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson. He now becomes the top candidate for the position although being “in the mix” is not confirmed the connection between the two is undeniable.

    Bill Johnson and Dennis Allen have spent nearly their entire coaching careers together. They coached together at Texas A&M in the late nineties, then Johnson came to the Falcons in 2001 and Allen joined him the following season. They also coached together in New Orleans during Johnson’s first two seasons as the Saints defensive line coach.

    Johnson has a long history of developing defensive line talent in his 11 years as an NFL coach.

    In Johnson’s third fourth year as an NFL coach with the Falcons, Atlanta reached the NFC Championship Game with the defensive line leading the NFL in sacks (48) for the first time in franchise history. The Falcons also ranked eighth in the NFL in run defense, Patrick Kerney had a career-high 13 sacks and Rod Coleman led all defensive tackles with 11.5.

    Coleman was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005, and his 28 sacks from 2004-06 were the most by a defensive tackle in the NFL over that span. Kerney was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2004, and the defensive end had 53 sacks under Johnson’s tutelage from 2001-06, notching at least 10 sacks in three seasons.

    During his tenure as defensive line coach with Atlanta from 2001-06, the team twice ranked in the top 10 in fewest yards allowed and fewest yards per carry (2004, 2006).

    During his two seasons with the Broncos, he coached a unit that in 2007 tied for second in the NFL with nine takeaways, combining for seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions. That season, DE Elvis Dumervil tied for sixth in the league with 12.5 sacks.

    The line thrived under Johnson in 2009. Defensive end Will Smith finished fifth in the NFL with a career-high 13 sacks. The defense finished second in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage (39.3). In 2010, the Saints defense improved from 25th in the NFL to 4th in yardage allowed.

    Reports say that the Raiders would not officially announce Dennis Allen as the team’s head coach until he has a staff put together. The team has scheduled the press conference to announce him for next Monday, January 30 at noon. So it is possible we could know by then which candidates will indeed be on staff

  • Raiders for life

    Lonyae Miller on the PS. Interesting, Kelly Skipper was a FSU running back.

    This from BSPN..

    Despite operating as a backup throughout much of his collegiate career and rushing for only 354 yards in 2009, Miller rates as one of the more intriguing running backs of the 2010 draft.

    Possessing good size and explosive speed, Miller had improved his production each of his first three seasons, rushing for 287 yards and two scores in 2006, 609 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007 and another 812 and seven scores as a junior.

    Great things were projected for him in 2009, but Miller had the misfortune of playing behind Ryan Mathews, who simply led the NCAA with 1,808 rushing yards. Given only 68 carries in 2009, Miller had few opportunities to showcase his ability.

    Scouts, however, know what he can do. After all, he had two runs of 80 yards or more a year earlier, as well as another of 68 yards. He was invited to the Senior Bowl to see what he could do against elite competition and his big-play potential stood out in Mobile. He had the game’s longest run from a back (18 yards) and finished with a game-high 44 rushing yards.

    Miller was never able to establish himself as the go-to back in the WAC, so it’s doubtful he’ll be able to accomplish that feat in the NFL. However, teams looking for an explosive threat with good size to complement a power back will be certain to consider this one-cut back.