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Allen introduced as new head coach

The Raiders introduced head coach Dennis Allen on Monday, with Allen wasting no time in telling people that the talent is in place for the Raiders to win a Super Bowl right away.
Allen, 39, was hired by new general manager Reggie McKenzie last week as the replacement for the fired Hue Jackson.
“I’m going to do everything I can to prove you right and to make you proud,” Allen said right after being introduced by owner Mark Davis.
McKenzie said upon his introductory news conference that he fired Jackson because he wanted to “bring in my guy.” It became apparent early on in the search that Allen was that guy.
“I targeted coach Allen … from the start, “ McKenzie said from the podium he shared with Allen in Alameda.
McKenzie said he became impressed with Allen’s work for the way he switched from the defensive line to the secondary with the New Orleans Saints and transformed the defensive backs in a short period of time.
Last season, Allen was with the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator. Under Allen, the Broncos went from the league’s worst defense in 2010 to a much-improved unit.
Denver’s average rank in the four major catetories — points, yards, rushing and passing — was 30th. Under Allen, the Broncos’ composite ranking was 21st.
“What he did in Denver and turned that defense around, it made me take notice,” McKenzie said.
Allen’s pedigree is that of a defensive coach. He played defense at Texas A&M and coached defense in some capacity the past 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Saints and Broncos.
Allen said he is in the process of putting together his staff. Offensive coordinator Al Saunders is under consideration, he said, as are the remaining coaches from Jackson’s staff.
None of the coaches from Jackson’s staff was present at the news conference, whereas numerous ones were there the day McKenzie was introduced to the media.
McKenzie and Allen have spoken with quarterback Carson Palmer, with McKenzie meeting with Palmer face to face.
Both said they are excited about the prospect of Palmer being the starting quarterback next season.
“He’s excited, and we’re excited for him,” McKenzie said.
Jackson traded for Palmer in the middle of last season after a season-ending injury to starter Jason Campbell.
The Raiders gave up a first- and second-round draft pick to the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire Palmer.
McKenzie said every player will be evaluated in the coming days, including the 20 players eligible to become free agents. That list includes Campbell.
Allen said he will be involved in every aspect of the team. However, he intends to let his coordinators handle the play-calling duties.
Numerous times, Allen talked about fielding a team that will be “smart, tough and disciplined.”
Offensively, the Raiders are going to be “up tempo, run the ball (well) and be explosive in the passing game.”
He spent five years with a Saints team that lit up the scoreboard at a ridiculous pace and amassed yards seemingly at will. Allen stopped short of saying his offense will be modeled after the Saints, but Oakland’s offense will be “fast and aggressive.”
Defensively, “We’re going to be an aggressive, attacking style of defense,” Allen said.
Allen ran the 4-3 scheme more times than not with the Broncos. He envisions the Raiders defense being “multiple,” meaning he will endorse a variety of looks depending upon the players on the roster and the situation.
“I don’t think radical changes are what need to be made,” Allen said of a defense that faltered in numerous games last season. “There’s a talented defense (here), and we got enough players, both on offense and defense, that we can win a championship with.”
Second-year cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was the only active player in attendance at the news conference. He said he is impressed by Allen, though they haven’t met yet.
“I’m very fired up,” Chekwa said. “He seems very passionate. I’m just hoping that the passion leads to some victories.”
Chekwa said he, too, was impressed by what he saw from the Broncos defense last season.
“I’m excited about the new staff and opportunity,” Chekwa said. “Also, he’s a defensive guy, so that gets me even more excited. I saw what he did in Denver with their defense, so this is going to be fun.”

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  • RaiderWeaponX

    292. Not that Pryor can’t make those throws, he can’t make them consistently and I think its his ability to read Ds, pocket presence and other aspects that make the inexperienced prospect a project and a rather big one.

    More a Davis H/W/S guy and frankly, maybe the LAST…

    Would love to see him contribute in anyway. Hes pretty exciting.

  • Hardline

    RaiderWeaponX, 303

    I’ll keep that in mind. Am just wondering, if anyone here has seen Pryor play in real time ???

  • Hardline

    djohnnyg, #302

    Thanks for the info.

  • djohnnyg

    283.Albert Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    I don’t think Saunders is staying. Heard Allen on radio, didn’t seem like a vote of confidence.

    Can u share what he said at all?

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Speak of the Devil…

    TerrellePryorPryor

    In oakland Met coach today very confident guy hes going to be a good one ! RT @tyvonbranch: @TerrellePryor what’s good man where u at?

  • edward teach

    Twocents, the tongue is truly mighter than the sword. In this world, any person situated at a high level should be articulate in the prevailing language. That is if that wants to be taken seriously.

    Quit over-thinking it. BTW, you seem very articulate, so why are advocating we go back to caveman times regarding language?

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    Reggie McKenzie is one of only 32 NFL general managers in the entire world. He probably makes quite a lot of money, and is well-respected by his peers. I would say he’s done pretty well for himself.

    Are you suggesting that he has communication issues that have thwarted his growth and development as a productive member of society?

  • Hardline

    djohnnyg, #302

    Regarding Ohio v Wis, Oct. 16, 2010:

    Passing Leaders

    Ohio State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
    Pryor 14/28 156 5.6 0 1

    Wisconsin C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
    Tolzien 13/16 152 9.5 0 1

  • Raiders for life

    Concerning Reggie McKenzie…it’s what is in his head and not what comes out of his mouth.

  • Twocents

    Edward, I hope you are directing that at Hardline.

  • Hardline

    edward teach, 308,

    No, I am saying anyone can benefit by upgrading language skills.

  • djohnnyg

    Hardline,

    In fairness I have also seen him throw some of the beautiful passes you speak of and he has that work ethic to get better so we know it IS in him.

    If he can make those throws in one game than you’d think he could do it most other times too.

    That would be awesome.

  • Hardline

    In the case of Magic Johnson, language tutoring, by his own admission, helped him succeed in business, enormously. I saw him speaking about it in an interview.

  • Hardline

    Djohnnyg,

    I see what you mean about his passing game being less than stellar in the Wisconsin game: his stats prove that out.

    Anyway, let’s see what happens with him

  • edward teach

    311.Twocents Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    Edward, I hope you are directing that at Hardline.

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    I was, Twocents. Sorry for the confusion. That was an asinine post and I needed to respond to it.

  • M Lonetree

    “The right hand will know what the left hand is doing”. – Reggie McKenzie

    New HC might claim to be Texican but his unblinking wild eyes declare he’s a Grayling from Roswell – perfect fit for the Raider Nation.

  • Twocents

    No problemo, Eduardo.

  • canadianraider

    i like this guy…one thing i noticed about him at the presser..was his confidence and how he carries himself…..some of the attributes like a coach payton of the saints..he knows what he wants and he doesnt come across like a 39 yr old coach who is overwhelmed lookin like a dear caught in the headlights

  • Hardline

    Edward Teach:

    I said, “Twocents, the tongue is truly mighter than the sword. In this world, any person situated at a high level should be articulate in the prevailing language. That is if that person wants to be taken seriously.”

    If that is an assinine post Teach, then God help you. Think about it.

  • djohnnyg

    What a pleasent blog tonight. Guys disagreeing without making disparaging comments about their mothers etc.

    I’m still waiting to hear from the guy who has relations with 16 women every night and drinks Dom Perignon while sailing across the Pacific making rap albums on the side.

  • Hardline

    asinine *****

  • Hardline

    djohnnyg, #321

    Yeah I am waiting for him too.

  • realtruraider

    317.M Lonetree Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    “The right hand will know what the left hand is doing”. – Reggie McKenzie

    New HC might claim to be Texican but his unblinking wild eyes declare he’s a Grayling from Roswell – perfect fit for the Raider Nation.

    ============================================
    LOL!

  • edward teach

    Hardline,

    The person you were talking about in your post is taken plenty seriously, or he wouldn’t have one of the only 32 jobs available in his profession in the entire world.

    You don’t like the way he talks. Good for you. The people in his life that matter think he communicates just fine, or he wouldn’t be where he is right now.

    Your post was, and is, asinine. Think about it.

  • PlunkforHOF

    djohnnyg, #321

    Yeah I am waiting for him too.
    ***************************************

    Don’t worry, Capt Steubing is never far away..

  • Seymour Bush

    Dennis Allen keeps mentioning that there are some problems that need to be fixed in the secondary. See ya Routt, Lito, CJ and Mitchell.

  • hwnrdr

    Like Kawakami said…it looks like you got a teammate up there with you, in reference to Reggie talking about Dennis Allen! Hopefully those teammates can bring back what we all have been waiting for!

  • djohnnyg

    323.Hardline Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 7:51 pm
    djohnnyg, #321

    Yeah I am waiting for him too.

    I know he’s busy, but he usually finds time between the strippers, filet mignon and making hit records to at least give us losers an update.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Broncos deny Raiders from talking to Smith
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    By Bill Williamson
    The nice play is over in the AFC West. It didn’t last long.

    When Dennis Allen was hired to be the Oakland Raiders’ head coach last week, his former boss John Fox wished Allen well. And, now, Allen is on his own.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos have denied the Raiders permission to speak to linebackers coach Richard Smith for the Oakland defensive job.

    Previously, Kansas City defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas and New Orleans defensive line coach Bill Johnson were dropped off as candidates. It’s not a surprise Fox denied Allen permission. He wants to keep as much stability on his defensive coaching staff as possible. It seems more and more teams are denying permission these days and it’s no shock this intra-division hard stance was made.

    Potential coordinator candidates may now include former San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell.

    Meanwhile, NFL.com is reporting that Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin is considering pursuing former Kansas City coach Todd Haley as offensive coordinator.

    That would be an interesting pairing. Haley is known for being high strung and vocal in his coaching. Tomlin is intense, but he’s not much of a screamer and a yeller. Also, Haley is known for getting on his players often during games. It would be interesting to see an established quarterback such as Ben Roethlisberger adjust to playing for Haley.

    I’m sure Haley would love the job. He is from Pittsburgh and his father, Dick, is a former legendary Steelers’ personnel man.

  • M Lonetree

    Canadianraider,

    only thing I thought odd was DAllen’s explique that an HC can’t be bothered by play calling. Gotta be the game manager sans else.
    While I could agree doesn’t his old boss Sean Payton call the O plays?

  • Raiders for life

    Some of you need to listen to Tesla “Getting better”

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Hardline, I’ve never heard you speak. Wonder how far your communication skill have taken you, in life?

  • http://blog Blog

    WWWWWWWWWHhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

    Singletary for DC. Dude will bust a pair right on the floor.

  • Twocents

    Hardline, you are saying that you like the status quo. The way things are should be the way things should always be. I’m afraid that life isn’t like that. Things change and being the optimist that I am, I think they always change for the better. Although there can be some setbacks along the way.

  • realtruraider

    Your post was, and is, asinine. Think about it.

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    his post wasn’t only asinine, it was asiten, asileven, asitwelve………

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    THE 1ST GUY THAT GET’S A DEFENSIVE HOLDING IN THE 4TH QTR WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE..WHOA !!

  • Thec

    Potential coordinator candidates may now include former San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell.

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    I would vote no on manusky

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Thec…would you take Donnatell?

  • hwnrdr

    But I agre…no to Manusky!

  • M Lonetree

    Hwnrdr,

    get Coach Allen to look into some canoe training for the boys in Silver and Black.
    no more 4th quarter meltdowns if they can handle those days on the beach and paddle.

  • http://blog Blog

    Thec Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    Potential coordinator candidates may now include former San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell.

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    I would vote no on manusky
    =================================================

    Agree. Just sounds creep. I like ‘No Tell’ Donatell.

  • Seymour Bush

    hwnrdr Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    But I agre…no to Manusky!
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    It’s doubtful that The dischargers would allow Manusky to move laterally anyway. That’s why Richard Smith was a good choice.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Manusky seems like a good choice. What is his xp with the odd front?

  • Thec

    hwnrdr Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    Hey Thec…would you take Donnatell?

    +++++++++=

    He is a commodity, I would gamble on him, we all ready know what manusky is…

  • hwnrdr

    M Lonetree Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    Hwnrdr,

    get Coach Allen to look into some canoe training for the boys in Silver and Black.
    no more 4th quarter meltdowns if they can handle those days on the beach and paddle.

    LOL, what’s up M? They should install sand boxes in Alameda and make the guys to drills in them! Stamina, endurance…the whole 9 yards!

  • Thec

    It’s doubtful that The dischargers would allow Manusky to move laterally anyway. That’s why Richard Smith was a good choice.

    +++++++++=

    manusky got fired by the disc…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GET THE STAFF IN HERE AND GO TO WORK ON EVALUATING THE TEAM.U KNOW,TAKE YOUR TIME BUT NOT TO MUCH TIME..

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Why no to Mausk?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Belichick’s kind of roster: Patriots have 18 undrafted free agents

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/30/belichicks-kind-of-roster-patriots-have-18-undrafted-free-agents/

    I think Green Bay has a lot of no-names too.

  • hwnrdr

    Donnatell did coach up those guys over there pretty well…and DB coaches usually make good DC’s…why not?

  • M Lonetree

    Aw hell, not a single one of you here saw the hiring of Dennis Roswell as HC coming and now you’re percolating future OC and DC.?!?!?!?