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Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:03 am
Bruce Allen has been hired to be Oakland's next coach (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

Dennis Allen, the former defensive coordinator of the Broncos, has been hired to be the next Raiders head coach,'s Mike Freeman has confirmed (the news was originally reported by Fox’s Jay Glazer).

Reports out of Oakland suggested Allen had done well in his two interviews with the Oakland front office and that early favorite Winston Moss, the Packers assistant head coach, had not.

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In his only season as the head of Denver’s defense, he helped lead a unit that propped up quarterback Tim Tebow for the last half of the season and allowed the Broncos to win the AFC West and beat the Steelers in the first round of the postseason.

Glazer writes that the two sides still have to negotiate a deal, but with Allen, the Raiders will get a coach whose defense finished in the bottom half of the league standings but who was lauded for the improvements his unit made in the final half of the season.

Although Moss -- who knows new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie quite well from their days together in Green Bay, leading to the speculation that he had a good chance of landing the job -- seemingly fell out of favor during the interviewing process, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg reportedly had a good shot at landing the job.

The Raiders also interviewed Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice and former Dolphins defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, while Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy declined his chance to interview.

Considering former owner Al Davis was such a big proponent of hiring offensive-minded coaches (see: Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Jon Gruden, etc.), seeing a defensive-minded coach hired is an interesting concept.

It shows that Mark Davis, Al Davis’ son who is now in charge, will take a different tact than this father. Only time will tell whether this new path is the beginning of a Raiders resurgence or if Al Davis had the right idea the whole time.

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Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:27 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen


You clearly get it.  I want to forget the stretch run this season.... in the worst way.  Unfortunately, until Allen can lead the Raiders to their first win, I will not be able to.  I have not seen an uglier implosion from a Raiders team in many seasons (if ever).  8-8 two years ago was a triumph!  8-8 this year was a failure (considering how many they lost down the stretch).  The Detroit game truly made me throw up and I then questioned the coaching and many of the players.  Heart and discipline were sorely missed.  I do not want to take anything away from Detroit's offense as they are going to only get better but that long drive was sickening. 
Rebooting with a new GM and coaching staff makes sense.  I would also not be surprised to see a trade or releases as well.  I hope that Allen brings "the hammer" and brings a new brand of disciplined hard nosed football.  I belive the D.C. title Allen had is less as important as who he is as a pro.  I have not met him and know very little but McKenzie likes him, so I am cool with it.  I will give the new Raiders front office and coaching staff the benefit of the doubt now and support them. 
As a fan since 75, I have seen good, bad and ugly seasons.  I am tired of fans from other clubs joking and poking fun at the Raiders and their fans but most of it has been merited.  I hope this is the start of a new era.  I truly tip my hat to the Niners' season.  Adding Harbaugh made all the difference.  Is Allen a Harbaugh?  Don't know.  Can he bring a new culture and discipline?  I hope so.
Keep cool RaidernSD, don't let those flakes in So. Cal get you down... they are still stuck with Rivers and Turner...LMFAO! 

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:42 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen


I took your advice and worked on my breathing exercises and
the picture still looks the same. Don’t worry, I will not jump overboard nor am
I a bandwagon-eer. I am a true Raider at heart.

We are in violent agreement regarding discipline and talent;
I am tired as-well of the yellow laundry that litters our games at record
breaking rates. We have been near or the top penalty recipients for years and I
continually ask myself why; what remains consistent? Mr. Davis was a mainstay
for years, the Raiders mystic lingered, the players have come and gone, well we
know the story on the coaches and referees. What Referees, I’ll reframe from
opening that can of worms because mental mistakes are killers and we make our
share. However, I truly believe the Mr. Davis coined the phrase it ain’t pretty
but just win baby which was shorten to “Just Win Baby” for reasons associated
with the referee’s.

I happened to watch a NE Patriots (haven’t gotten over the
tuck rule) playoff games this year when clearly Branch pushed the DB to create
separation milliseconds before receiving a pass that lead to a touchdown (the
ref was O-SO near), Phil Sims was asked wasn’t that pass interference and to my
chagrin Phil said “NO” because they were hand checking each other going down
the field. Revis-island, C Woodson, Nnamdi and Champ B are all great cover guys
that lay hands on receivers leaving latent prints but S Routt draws consistent
attention and yellow laundry, “Just Win Baby” no discipline.

Enough of that and to the numbers; I’m sure we can agree our
total defensive package left a little to be desired which would point toward
the DC, however the Bronco’s disciplinarian (whom will soon transplant to hallowed
grown) fueled defense did not fare much better. Points per game, yards per
play, 3<sup>rd</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> down conversion against, fumbles,
sacks, TDs all very close all were very close. Even the W-L record was the same
but our defense was admittedly horrible and his was recorded as a second half
turn around. Imagine that….What is the apprentice bringing? This is truly a
wait and see project. Hue, did build a respectable offense with resurgence in
the running game that lead to an 8-8 record, with key players missing more than
half the season and a true arm chair quarterback.

OK, I still stand-on” Reggie Wonderful Move!!”  

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:57 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

As a 49er fan to the Raider Nation...LMAO..Really ????????? Isn't this the coach that got tore up from Brady and now he gets a whole team..That's AWESOME !!!!!!! Good Luck boys..

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:00 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Raiders fans chill out.  Allen learned under Sean Payton in New Orleans.  He got accustomed to winning in New Orleans, and saw the blueprint to do it on a consistent basis.  The Raiders blew it this year with more than enough talent to win the pathetic AFC West.  Hue had ZERO control over that team.  The penalties were inexcusable.  Allen helped to turn a horrible Denver team into a very respectable team.  Face the facts... they went to the playoffs over the Raiders, and Allen was a big part of that.  It is about team first attitude, and the Raiders didn't play that way this year.  It may take a year or two, but Oakland will be a much better TEAM even with the same players because a winner will be calling the shots.   

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:14 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

This is not good for the Broncos.  Our defense kept us competitive this past season.  Next year will be a disaster for the Broncos.

And you call yourself superbronco?? What kinda pathetic fan are you? The Broncos lose an overrated 1 year DC and now next year will be a disaster? You are freaking pathetic. The SB has not even been played and already your loser a$$ is predicting a disaster year.

The Denver defense allowed 40 or more points in 25% of their games last season. They finished in the bottom 25% in points allowed and got booted out of the playoffs giving up 45 freaking points!! This is the defense that kept them competitive??

The SLIGHT defensive improvements this past season can be attributed more to the return of Elvis Dumerville and the drafting of Von Miller than to anything Dennis Allen did.

The Raiders just did a typical Raiders move...hired a coach that's in way over his head.       

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:18 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

but I can almost assure you that even if he makes the playoffs & happens to go one & out that he'll be gone as quick as Hue Jackson,

You have absolutely nothing to base this assumption on.  In the past you were dealing with Al Davis as a GM who was prone to such things.  Al is gone now, may he rest in peace, and you have a new GM.  McKenzie's firing of Jackson is totally unrelated to any such one year chances the Raiders had in the past.  It is perfectly normal for a new GM to want his guy in there as head coach and the fact that he (McKenzie) didn't just grab the first Packer assistant he had the chance to tells me he was taking the interview process very seriously.  I think McKenzie got his guy and I'd be willing to bet he gets more than a fair chance to raise the Raiders up.  In fact, I will pretty much guarantee that even if they don't make the playoffs Allen will be back (unless they go 1-15 or something like that)

as a Raider fan who should be used to this nonsense,I'm still surprised when the Head Coach inevitably gets fired after the season,every freakin season. 

Because your GM/Owner was senile.  That is not the case now.  I think it's safe to change your expectations.  Now I am not saying that I know McKenzie or Allen are the answers but I'm pretty confident in saying that they will get a fair chance.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

RaiderNSd,  breathe in... breathe out.  Relax for a moment and think about this one. 

It reads like we are simliar in our stances re: Jackson... fans but not zealots.  Jackson did have some success and good bullet points for his resume.  Jackson's post game comments following the SD loss were unforgivable and uncalled for.  Also, the penalties were also unacceptable.  I am tired of the Raiders leading the league.  Look at the Super Bowl teams and where they ranked in penalties.  Did I want to see Jackson gone?  No, not yet. 

Released our "architect"?  This was is funny.  What was he building?  Looking at losers?  Yes, some of them were and I was not looking forward to Mike Tice and others being in charge.  I actually like Allen for a couple of reasons: 1) his players speak highly of him 2) the Broncos D carried them for the second half (NOT Tebow) and 3) I keep reading that Allen is a DISCIPLINE guy.  This last part goes with the penalties thing and I think the Raiders players need discipline.  You take a group of average players with discipline and you will win some games.  You take a talented group of guys and have them play with discipline, you will win playoff games (see NY Giants with Couglin).  Madden, Gruden, Bellichek and all other NFL coaches started out young, unproven assistants.  An NFL coach has to start somewhere.  If the late Mr. Davis lost his touch in any area of the game, Iwould argue that it is in the selection of head coaches.  I am glad to read that McKenzie is making this selection and they will bring in "their guys." 

Relax.  Don't jump overboard yet.  I think the West is ripe for the picking and this group of talented players with the right leadership can win it this season.  Keep it simple and play disciplined football.  It will work out.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:52 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Weird or What (WOW)! Ok, Hue had many sideline critics on his handling of our team and that goes with the territory of being a decision maker. There is almost a 70/30 split on your every decision even the ones that defy luck in your favor. I will admit that I’m a Jackson fan, not a raging zealot but a rational fan, because anyone that helped our fledging Raiders turn the corner from the brunt of jokes and obscurity to one game from the playoff as we rebuild is alright in my books.

Hue had and has proven himself over the course of his coaching career with noticeable benchmarks of success. Our Raiders were going to enjoy some modicum of continuity with respect to a coaching staff since the front office had to change with the departure of Mr. (Coach) Davis. Now, we are once again nomads searching for guidance/leadership.

Now we have released our architect, and started looking at losers to replace him. The propose short list of coaches included a high percentage of failed head coaching experience. A head coach with a 40 and 80 (something) record should not be in the equation. And just when the dark clouds of ill fated research and decision making seemed to subside, then this morning’s headline announced that we hire an apprentice with marginal defensive credential and make him the head coach. Wonderful move!!  What’s going to happen with our quarterbacks, hell our offense under a new system/schema? This past year our team was decimated with injury totaling as many as 12 starting members dinged up for extended periods of time but we finished 8-8. Wasn’t Denver’s record 8-8 as well, once again Reggie Wonderful move!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:23 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Mixed reaction on this hire, but mostly "not happy".   From what I can gather, the guy is a solid disciplinarian and did do a good job turning a horrible Donkeys defensive unit into a decent one.  But on the other side of the coin, there are several factors that make this a less than ideal choice for the Raiders:  1) No body of work. Seriously, one year as DC and some spotty history for this fairly young coach.  2) If they were going to go young, they didn't even grab some Gruden-esque wunderkind.  His defense was NOT an elite group, just serviceable.  3) They're going to bring in an untried and untested underperformer and expect that person to be a cornerstone to changing the path of the franchise?  Management should have really pushed to get someone with a clear track record for success, a demonstrated system for instilling disciple and total team strategy, and a solid background in player management/integration/selection.&n
bsp; What they got is another disposible fall guy for when it doesn't immediately turn around.  They need someone who can come in and get 3-4 years lead time and tear that team apart (keeping the strong core running game and retooling the defense and skill positions).   This likely won't end well for the Raiders, and in 2 years this guy will get canned.  On goes the carousel of coaches, systems and vision, and at the end of the day the Raiders don't appear to be adding any genuine direction or passion to the beleaguered franchise. 

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:16 pm

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

I would like to commend Reggie on his hiring of his first head coach as the Raider’s general Manager.

I hope this new head coach has a good contract for more than one year with a guarantee.

What the hell it matters not how many years he has signed for he will be gone at the end of the season who am I fooling?

It matters not that this team has not lived up to it’s reputation for the past 10 years or so. I see a common thread between my team and the Raiders. Both fire coaches on a constant basis, therefore are not winners.

It appears as if these two teams would look at other successful teams like New England, The New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles even though they have yet to win a Super Bowl, they are constantly in the playoffs and have winning records.

Perhaps the new regime will take that into consideration. Naw what the hell am I thinking.

This guy will be tossed at the end of the season.


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