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Raiders make Allen’s hire official

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Hue Jackson does not have to worry. He gets paid for the 2nd year of contract unless Mark Davis pulls a AD and takes him to NFL run arbitration like Al Davis did with Lance Kiffin. Fired for cause. 8-8 is cause isn’t it.

  • Hardline

    I kept saying early on in the season that Hue didn’t have the talent or intelligence to be the Raider’s HC. I also noted that his play calling was defective as OC; Hue’s use of personnel was unsatisfactory in that games would feature different players week by week: there was never a consistent offensive scheme which utilized the talents of many receivers and runners on the roster. That is why when DMAC predictably went down, and when Ford and Moore were out for awhile, the club didn’t adjust or compensate.

    I hammered my theme, and hammered it and hammered it and was met with derision and criticism from the group in this blog. Now the traits which I pointed out (and was kicked out of the blog for expressing, yesterday), have come to the fore for Hue, and he seems un-hireable. It seems that now the group-think of the blog is chagrined upon the thought of Hue being HC, and is wholly appreciative of his dismissal. It’s as if the group-think is now saying, “my God, how could he have ever been hired by AD, and how could we have put up with that conduct.”

    However, as I have pointed out numerous times previously, just remember one thing: Hue, and everyone and everything bad that came to the Raiders, came from AD himself, incurred through dementia and meglo-mania. It was a disgusting and regrettable decade since 2002, (and even before, except for the Gruden anomaly).

    Thankfully, that era is over. Of course Bay Area News will now burden content on its blog and will not allow free expression of those ideas, or so it seems, especially if there is a consistent challenge to the image of AD, which, when investigated, is far from sparkling.

  • No Lo

    Raiders new staff.
    OC – Lance Kiffin
    DC – Monte Kiffin
    QB – Marc Wilson
    DL – Bob Buckowski
    OL – John Clay
    RB – Vance Mueller
    DB – Larry Brown & James Trapp
    WR – James Jett
    LB – Winston Moss
    Special Teams – Leo Araguz

  • Twocents

    This is from NFLDraftScout.com on Rashawn Jackson:

    Inside: Has some tools to ultimately develop into a legitimate interior threat. Good quickness to and through the hole. Decisive runner who presses the line of scrimmage and keeps his legs churning after contact to gain as much yardage as possible. Keeps both hands secure around the ball when in tight quarters. Enough lateral agility to bounce outside when he sees the hole close.

    Outside: A more natural runner than you might expect for a player only a few years removed from playing linebacker. Lacks the speed to beat defenders to the edge, but has enough bounce to him to generate yardage in chunks.

    Breaking tackles: Tough runner who fights through initial contact and keeps his legs churning. Good forward lean to gain extra yardage.

    Blocking: Good effort to get downfield. Finds his target and is athletic enough to redirect and hit him. Too often relies on his hands to make the block, showing inconsistent accuracy in his placement and not enough explosiveness. Too much of a push-blocker, rather than the human pile-driver most teams are looking for in a true lead blocker.

    Receiving: Developing receiver who shows good body control to handle poorly thrown passes. Shows the ability to catch passes with just his hands, but often allows the ball into his pads. Can make the catch and take a hit without losing control. Typically only asked to sneak out of the backfield for dump offs and screens, but has the athletic ability for wheel routes.

    Intangibles: Former inside linebacker who has made a successful transition to fullback for the Cavaliers. Strong special teams player with experience on kickoff return and punt coverage. Charged in October 2008 with grand larceny and breaking and entering in a November 2007 dorm incident, but charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.
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    McKenzie picked him up a few days after he was signed as GM.

  • ArmChair GM

    We all have our favorites…

    Favorite players, favorite coaches, favorite draft picks, trades, etc….

    But ONE move that I think would be absolutely brilliant in my opinion, and necessary, is to let Michael Bush walk and use that money to acquire MARSHAWN “BEASTMODE” LYNCH.

    Look, both Bush and Lynch are FREE AGENTS. Meaning, Bush is going to walk unless he gets the money he thinks he can get as a starter. Last season Bush made about a million dollars more than Lynch did.

    So instead of slapping the franchise tag on Bush and paying anywhere from 5-10 million dollars a year, why not offer that same money to Marshawn Lynch, and entice him to come put on the Silver and Black, and play in his hometown, Oakland, CA!

    Marshawn has been in the league a few years now and appears to be a much more mature and level headed player, and there is no question about his TALENT!

    Bush is a GOOD running back, but he doesn’t run in a violent, or explosive manner. He doesn’t ATTACK the holes or running lanes in the defense.

    Imagine a RB tandem featuring the ‘Law Firm of Mcfadden and Lynch’! It would be hands down, the best in the league, and would simply wear down the opposing defense, especially in the 4th quarter!

    This makes too much sense to ignore. Make it happen Mckenzie!

  • Raider Riff

    i’ll be the first to admit that as a hue supporter, that silver article really exposed what many of us suspected about hue’s dis-ingenuinous.

    i wanted to keep him around cause i thought he was a good coach. and i still do. but i also thought he truly cared about the raiders, of which he didnt.

    good coach. bad person.

    anyways, does anyone want to answer my earlier question….what D does Bowles coach, 3-4 or 4-3?

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    He is considered a leading candidate to take over the Steelers’ defensive coordinator position when Dick Lebeau retires, due to his experience in coaching Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense.
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    Butler should just stick around in Pittsburgh until Lebeau is gone.

  • YoungAmerican

    Only thing better than one overpaid RB is two overpaid RBs.

    Running the ball won’t get you past the elite defenses in this league.

  • realtruraider

    Corky seems to think it will be Bill Johnson as DC, I couldn’t find much info on him, all I know is he was the Saints DLine coach the last few years. How old is he? Has he ever ben a DC? Is he a 3-4 or 4-3 guy or has he coached both?

  • Twocents

    I don’t know about Bowles but a good coach would design a scheme that gets the most out of the players that he has. It doesn’t matter anyway, see 849.

  • Hardline

    ArmChair GM, #855,

    ArmChair, I your plan except it is flawed. That flaw is DMAC. DMAC has serial foot and lower leg injuries and can never compete for more than half of any season. Once he goes down, (and he will) there is no DMAC & Lynch.

    How will we cure that ?

  • Hardline

    Raider Riff, #856,

    Do you have a link to the Silver article??

    Remember one thing, Silver is as duplicitous as they come. However, I was never a fan of Hue; he seemed like a pimp to me.

  • Hardline

    Armchair, I like your plan ****

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Anything new from the semi pro’s? Figure Steve wont having anything till Tuesday.

  • Twocents

    We’ve been working hard and doing research.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Hardline Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Do you have a link to the Silver article??

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

    Here it is, in all of its libelous glory: The End of Hue Jackson’s career.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-silver_oakland_raiders_hue_jackson_mark_davis_011112

    LOL at the way even Silver can’t disparage Reggie McKenzie. He really is an awesome hire.

  • 303Raider

    Name me the last SB winner that was the top running team?

    Screw that. We need to slang the ball around, we need a big, athletic Tight End, invest that money on the O line.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    303Raider Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    We need a big, athletic Tight End…

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

    Already on the roster. Kevin Boss.

  • jesusraiderjim

    need to use him. hopefully we will. The playoffs should have proved that to anyone that watched them

  • ArmChair GM

    Hardline Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    ArmChair GM, #855,

    ArmChair, I your plan except it is flawed. That flaw is DMAC. DMAC has serial foot and lower leg injuries and can never compete for more than half of any season. Once he goes down, (and he will) there is no DMAC & Lynch.

    How will we cure that ?
    _______________________________________________________

    I understand your point Hardline. Which is exactly why I think we need a player like Lynch.

    Bush stepped up big time in place of Mcfadden last season and had some memorable performances. And it is pretty accepted around the league that in todays NFL you have to have a running back tandem to make it through an entire season.

    So if we can get Lynch for roughly the SAME price it would take to keep Bush, why wouldn’t we jump on it! I think we can all agree that Lynch is more of a difference maker than Bush is.

    And since even the best backs in the league like Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, suffered injuries last year, how prudent it would be to have two starting caliber RB’s that run violently and can break the big one!

    Think about how close games we lost because we couldn’t get the first down on 3rd and short yardage to run out the clock in the 4th quarter.

    It is precisely in these types of situations where having the luxury to bring in two running backs who can score, and most defenses won’t have the will to hit or take a hit from in the 4th quarter.

    In other words the logic is simple.

    Since Mcfadden is injury prone, thereby making a second RB a NECESSITY, why pay big money to keep Bush, if we can get Lynch who is BETTER, for the same price?

    It’s a no brainer in my opinion.

  • lefty12

    The problem is Boss can’t play very often due to concussion syndrome.Hopefully Ausberry(?) has picked up the blocking aspect and will be able to contribute at TE next season.

  • 303Raider

    Boss is slow. He couldn’t outrun LB’s.

    We need a Jimmy Graham type. Trade boss or release him, too many concussions….

  • jesusraiderjim

    Lynch would be a great pickup if we could get him for the right price. No link to back that up just my humble opinion

  • Twocents

    Hue seemed to use Myers as much as he used Boss. If they are equal keep Myers and see if we can get something for Boss.

  • ArmChair GM

    303Raider Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Name me the last SB winner that was the top running team?

    Screw that. We need to slang the ball around, we need a big, athletic Tight End, invest that money on the O line.
    _______________________________________________________

    What I saw was an NFL where every single week it seemed like at least one team gave up a game winning TD! The Raiders were notorious for it, but by no means were we the ONLY team.

    In my opinion you pass to get the lead, but how do you beat the elite QB’s like Rodgers, Brees and Brady???

    By controlling the time of possession especially late in games and keeping those QB’s off the field. And how do you do that????

    By effectively RUNNING the ball to get first downs and keep the clock moving!

    I don’t care how good your offense is, you’re not gonna win too many games trying to have a shootout against Brady, Brees and Rodgers, especially with defensive backs basically not even allowed to touch receivers anymore.

    Give me Mcfadden and Lynch, and fix the right side of the o-line and you’ll see how we can make a championship team built for the long haul.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Lynch would want starter money maybe wants to start. I do like the idea of bringing Lynch here but i dont see seatle letting him walk. If we get Lynch i bet Bush goes to seattle

  • lefty12

    Armchair,great idea,but that is too much money tied up on 1 position.Why not get a young back who you can pay close to the minimum to be your back-up?

  • lefty12

    I doubt Bush goes to Seattle.Cable is there and I wonder if he has as high of an opinion of Bush as most on here do.

  • Hardline

    ArmChair GM, #870

    ArmChair, you have a valid point. Got it!

  • Hardline

    RaiderDuck, #866

    Thanks for the link RaiderDuck. Actually I read that article previously, and for me it destroyed Silver’s credibility. Essentially, Silver claims he got the information from an “unnamed” sub-coach. I have a tendency to disbelieve hearsay statements, and a tendency to disbelieve claims laid upon hearsay statements.

    Also, Silver makes the point that Mark fired Hue, which can’t be proven, and goes on to say that the dismissal was a dumb move.

    If, however, it is fact the Mark did fire Hue, it was a great move by Mark and not a “dumb” move as Silver claims. In 20/20 hindsight we can see that is true.

    Further, Silver’s claim that the reason Mark fired Hue was because Hue witnessed disparagement of Mark by Al at a team meeting is nonsense. Mark had just cause to fire Hue for reasons too numerous to re-hash here, except to say Hue lacked the talent and intelligence to move the Raiders toward dynasty.

    Seems Silver had too much time on his hands and was grasping for a topic.

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