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Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:03 am
 

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

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, CBSSports.com'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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Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Comparing and contrasting Pryor and Mallett

PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Rookie quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Terrelle Pryor are not so dissimilar. Both were third round draft picks -- Mallett last April and Pryor in the supplemental draft -- and both come to the NFL with character marks that have been branded on them by a lack of discipline.

Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole compares the two and tries to explain why they will or will not succeed with the team that drafted them.

And while we’ve already discussed how these two players will affect their teams as rookies, Cole presents some interesting theories.

Yeah, it doesn’t take a soothsayer to predict that Pryor might be in trouble now that the Raiders have their paws on him, but Cole writes that Pryor’s biggest career problem is that nobody has had the audacity to tell him no. Not in high school and not former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

While Raiders coach Hue Jackson will try to make his mark on Pryor, it’s also documented that Oakland owner Al Davis doesn’t exactly back up his coaches when it comes to disciplining his players. Writes Cole: “Davis picked [JaMarcus] Russell, seeing him as the second-coming of [Jim] Plunkett from an athletic perspective. Davis then let Russell run wild over coaches Lane Kiffin and Tom Cable. Those coaches tried to discipline Russell from time to time, but Davis either waived the fines or didn’t do anything until it was way too late.”

And we all know where Russell is these days (well, actually we don’t, which is kind of the point).

R. Mallett is adjusting to his new surroundings in New England (Getty).Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have a problem letting his players know the way he wants things done, which means Mallett will have to adjust. And Cole has another interesting tidbit about all the partying Mallett is alleged to have done before training camp began. Writes Cole: “Aside from the sordid tales of him from college, the latest story about him was the all-night partying he did at the NFL Players Association rookie symposium in Sarasota, Fla., in July, according to two sources.”

Which probably isn’t a good idea, especially if the biggest predraft concern by teams -- and probably the reason he slipped to the third round -- was because of his off-the-field behaviors.

You can’t be stupid and play quarterback in the NFL, and right now, the jury is still out on how much sense Mallett has in his brain.

So, aside from what round they were drafted and the concerns about their character, you have to wonder how we’ll be discussing Pryor and Mallett five years from now. Obviously, there’s now way to tell, but if we’re discussing which of the quarterbacks has a better chance to succeed on where he was drafted, you’d have to give the nod to Mallett at this point.

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Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Kiffin says 'almost impossible' to win with Davis

Lane Kiffin took shots at his former boss, Oakland owner Al Davis (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Raiders owner Al Davis is an easy figure to mock.

His organization’s obsession with drafting speed -- Exhibit No. 1,240: Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft -- can be laughable. His press conferences, though very infrequent at this point in his life, are fascinating as much for his physical appearance as what he’s actually saying. And his decisions on the coaches who will lead his team are … well … questionable at best (Art Shell again? Tom Cable? Lane Kiffin?).

People forget that he was a well-respected Raiders coach in the 1960s, and many of the ideas he brought to the game (or, you know, took from others) were influential into making the NFL what it’s become today.

But could anybody make an argument that Davis’ time hasn’t passed him by?

Kiffin certainly wouldn’t, as he makes perfectly clear in this ESPN interview when asked whether it was impossible to win in Oakland.

“It is almost impossible,” Kiffin said. “I don't know why I didn't listen, [because] so many people told me that. That's why, if you ask [Steve Sarkisian], he didn't go. He had a chance to go. You're just so far behind other clubs. You're waiting for [Davis] to wake up and come to work at 2 o'clock in the afternoon to make decisions that the rest of the league is making at 6 o'clock in the morning. You're still running videotapes over to the hotel so he can watch practice at night.”

Kiffin was also asked about Davis’ use of an overhead projector at the presser to announce Kiffin’s firing and if that was a metaphor for the way Davis runs his team.

“It was sad, really, to see somebody who's accomplished so much in his career and been such a powerful figure in the NFL ... to see that was actually pretty sad to watch,” Kiffin said. “But you're exactly right, an overhead projector -- that describes the pace that you're dealing with of the way an organization is being run.”

Of course, you have to consider the source, considering Kiffin flaked out at the University of Tennessee before taking the head coaching job at Southern California and then tried to hire a Titans coach behind Jeff Fisher's back. And though some of what he says comes off as cruel, he’s not necessarily wrong.

But remember, when Davis fired Kiffin, he held a news conference in which he basically ripped the hell out of Kiffin and pointed out all his deficiencies, saying, “I think he conned me like he conned all you people.”

Kiffin, I’m sure, hasn’t forgotten that. And, like I said, Davis is not a hard figure to find if you want to take your shots at him. It's actually pretty sad that Kiffin has decided he wanted to pick on his 82-year-old former boss.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: Pat Dye was agent to be cuffed (UPDATED)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (2:40 p.m.):
Liz Mullen from the Sports Business Journal spoke with Dye, and he claimed “I have done nothing wrong or illegal.”

According to Dye, the incident occurred at the players hotel Thursday night, not at the stadium Friday. He said he was invited to the hotel by Under Armour to finalize a seven-figure deal for his client, former Alabama WR Julio Jones, and he was led through security by Under Armour personnel and was issued Under Armour credentials.

Apparently, he spent less than 15 minutes in the hotel and did not have contact with any players, but when he left the hotel, he was arrested.

Mullen tweeted that she’d have more in the SBJ, and I hope so, because I’m not sure I understand Dye’s story at all.

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News broke late Saturday night from the National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson when he reported that at least one player-agent was handcuffed and led out of Lucas Oil Field Stadium when he (or they) was found to have illegitimate passes to watch the workouts.

Now, Sports By Brooks has reported their names. According to the website, the offender was Pat Dye Jr., who was handcuffed, detained and led away from the stadium, while his partner, Jimmy Sexton, escaped arrest.

The two broke the rules and obtained their passes from Under Armour, and apparently, the person who gave them those passes was sent home immediately.

Sports by Brooks was unable to reach either agent for comment, and the NFL declined comment.

More from the blog posting:

Sexton’s NFL client list includes Tim Tebow, Ravens left tackle Michael Oher, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, Browns running back Peyton Hillis, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.  Sexton’s coaching clients include Bill Parcells, Tony Sparano, Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Steve Spurrier, Houston Nutt and Tommy Tuberville.

Dye, Jr., who is the son of former Auburn football coach Pat Dye, represents Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

The Sexton/Dye firm also represents DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones and Sam Acho in this year’s NFL draft class.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: January 16, 2011 11:46 am
 

Report: Cable fined $120K by Al Davis

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how weird it was when Tom Cable got fired by the Raiders? After all, 8-8 by the Bay and a sweep of the AFC West seemed like a pretty solid outing and worth Al Davis retaining his coach.

Well, things might have been weirder than anyone could imagine -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that Davis was systematically fining Cable throughout the season, and withholding $20,000 from Cable's paychecks, until the coach was docked a total of $120,000.

Cable, in turn, reportedly filed a grievance with the NFL (in season!) for the fines, which means that this dispute now goes in front of a Roger Goodell-appointed arbitrator.

It also means that as the Raiders are looking to hire a new head coach (and Hue Jackson all but appears to be the guy who'll get locked in), they'll be dealing with the off-field drama of a gigantic rift between Al Davis and the previous coach.

If this sounds familiar at all, well, it should -- Lane Kiffin, who Cable replaced, didn't exactly leave Oakland on friendly terms. And perhaps Kiffin's behavior post-Oaktown lent itself to the surprisingly reasonable logic that Al Davis might have been in the right during their feud; with grievances filed by the last two head coaches of the Raiders, though, there's only one common denominator -- the owner.

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Posted on: December 4, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Vikes RB coach Bieniemy headed to Colorado as OC

Posted by Will Brinson

Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is headed west (young man), having accepted an offer to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Bieniemy, who also holds the rank of assistant head coach/offense, played at Colorado from 1987 to 1990 and after a nine-year NFL career, returned to coaching and was an assistant with his alma mater in 2001 and 2002. He'll be the coordinator on a staff run by Jon Embree (currently with the Redskins) at Colorado.

Bieniemy's done a great job with the Vikings running game and has been rumored as a hot name to join the college ranks -- he was Lane Kiffin's original choice for USC offensive coordinator, but Bieniemy turned him down (leading to Kiffin hiring Kennedy Pola and making Jeff Fisher a tiny bit cheesed off) and picked up the extra title for his résumé.

Anyway, you could argue that it's hard not to be a success when you're coaching Adrian Peterson, but the immediate argument as to the work Bieniemy's done has to be this year, as Peterson's returned to form as the obvious top running back in the NFL and cured his fumbling problem, even if he's not finding the end zone as much in 2010.

Minnesota running back Albert Young is the person who first "announced" the news, via Twitter, and as Judd Zulgad reports at the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the Vikings have since confirmed the hiring away of their coach, although Bieniemy will finish out the season with Minnesota.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 3:08 pm
 

Kiffin's salary request is denied

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember two seasons ago when the Raiders fired Lane Kiffin and he filed a grievance to collect the money he felt he was owed by the team? Yeah, that was when people might actually have had sympathy for Kiffin, before he decided he wanted all the people in Tennessee to hate. Before he made enemies all across this nation.

Anyway, that grievance was denied today, according to ESPN.com.

Kiffin had been seeking about $2.6 million in lost salary after owner Al Davis fired him four games into the 2008 season “for cause.” He will get zero dollars instead.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:51 pm
 

Kiffin talks about Fisher

In case you haven’t seen or heard about Lane Kiffin’s recent appearance on ESPN, here is the main point of what the Trojans head coach said regarding the lawsuit filed against him and USC by the Tennessee Titans:

"I don't picture it as Jeff (Fisher) suing us. It is a lawsuit, so I can't comment very much on it. I feel very good, after a conversation with Jeff Fisher, that he now understands exactly what took place and I think he feels better about it."

Kiffin was asked if his departure from the Tennessee Volunteers perhaps played a role in the Titans’ decision to file a suit. "It's a lawsuit. I can't comment on it,” Kiffin said.

--Andy Benoit

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