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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: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:58 pm

Report: Raiders to hire Dennis Allen

The Ray-Duhz hired a guy who's defense lead his team to a five hundred record and that backed into the playoffs...not exactly the barn burner head coach hire...but then again maybe CBS is just kidding and will print and post the next article I can see now "DC Changes mind...Tells Raiders...PSYYYYYYYCHE"  Also wondering have the Raiders officially changed their logo to the Dunce cap yet...that wouldn't look to bad in the silver and

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:51 pm

Report: Raiders to hire Dennis Allen

If you google video Winston Moss ... the very first hit about his discussion of the 3-4 defense should all but eliminate him from any head coaching contention until he improves his communication skills.  I wish him the best as a coach, but he needs constructive criticism from someone he respects if he ever wants to be a head coach.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:49 pm

Report: Raiders to hire Dennis Allen

Propped up Tim Tebow
Are they really allowed to say that on this site?  Doesn't it violate their PR contract with Tebow? 

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:48 pm

Report: Raiders to hire Dennis Allen

If im tired of new coaches, i wonder how the players feel.

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