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Report: Raiders to hire Dennis Allen

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And the Denver Broncos will have yet another new defensive coordinator in 2012.

Jay Glazer of FOX and Adam Schefter of ESPN report that the Raiders will hire Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to be Oakland’s new head coach.  He’ll be the 19th coach in franchise history, and the ninth since the team returned from Los Angeles in 1995.

Allen will be the first Raiders coach with a defensive background since John Madden, the longest-tenured coach in franchise history with nine seasons on the job.

The 39-year-old Georgia native’s NFL career began with the Falcons in 2002.  After four years in Atlanta, Allen joined Sean Payton in New Orleans, spending five seasons with the Saints.

Allen uses a 4-3 defense, the same attack the Raiders currently employ.  New G.M. Reggie McKenzie suggested during his introductory press conference that the team possibly will switch to a 3-4.

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  1. trbowman says: Jan 24, 2012 8:54 PM

    Great job McKenzie.

    You fire Hue….for this guy?

    Good one.

  2. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 24, 2012 8:54 PM

    So who will be their head coach in 2013?

  3. mjbulls45 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:55 PM

    there was no mystery candidate, it was allen all along,
    it was a done deal before the meeting tonight.

    love you Al.

  4. hanktheking says: Jan 24, 2012 8:55 PM

    Happy for Dennis, sad for my Broncos. Now I hate him.

  5. dyhard32 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:56 PM

    you got to be kidding me

  6. trbowman says: Jan 24, 2012 8:57 PM

    Hue Jackson is a better coach than any of the slouches

  7. broncobeta says: Jan 24, 2012 8:57 PM

    Thanks for interviewing during a playoff week, Dennis.

    I wish more coordinators were like Jay Gruden, and didn’t bite at the first chance of getting a head coaching job.

    One season as a coordinator? Really?

  8. diehardraidersfan says: Jan 24, 2012 8:58 PM

    He’ll be the 19th coach in franchise history, and the ninth since the team returned from Los Angeles in 1995.

    …..

    That crap is over. This is a new era with new owner, new GM, and new staff.

    Still trying to hate.

  9. war27 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:00 PM

    “New G.M. Reggie McKenzie suggested during his introductory press conference that the team possibly will switch to a 3-4.”

    He did? Must have missed it. RM didn’t answer any question clearly. We may go this way but we might go that way was his answer to everything.

    He also said he’d possibly hire a offensive based coach or maybe even a defensive style coach…

  10. lilcuzzy says: Jan 24, 2012 9:01 PM

    Positive : 1. First Defensive Minded Head Coach in 30 Years 2. Weakens Broncos

    Negatives : 1 Year as Coordinator. 2 Defense WASNT AMAZING

    What to be excited for : What kind of staff he puts together

  11. FogtownSports says: Jan 24, 2012 9:03 PM

    Wow. You can never please Raiders fans.

    I’m a Raiders fans and the backlash on this hire ALREADY is disgusting. McKenzie interviewed anyone and everyone he thought was capable of coaching and Allen came out on top. Obviously he sees something in Allen enough to offer him the head coaching job OVER McKenzie’s own staff in GB.

    But no, Raiders fans are still clamoring for Hue to come back and 8-8 seasons. Did you guys not want a GM either? This is what GM’s do. Now sit down, shutup and let the man coach.

  12. denverhighrize says: Jan 24, 2012 9:03 PM

    Art Schlicter had Dennis Allen at 3 to 1 odds. On a serious note since the new trend seems to be looking to Canada for a coach is there anyone on the Vikings staff worth hiring?

  13. benh999 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:03 PM

    Who?

  14. thatstinks says: Jan 24, 2012 9:04 PM

    I have no problem with it . Defense was the weakness and he has improved the defense on everyone of his NFL stops . If Jeff Fisher took the Dolphins job , the Raiders wouldn’t have been able to interview him . He would be heading the Rams .

    I think it will turn out to be a good hire . Funny , dude is a blitzing guru . Check out his bio on the Broncos website . Al Davis would puke .

    Good luck Dennis and Go Raiders !!

  15. chadinkc30 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:04 PM

    The fact Hue Jackson still doesnt have a job as even as an offensive coordinater speaks volumes to me! He got passed over for Brian schottenheimer…..enough said!

    As for the hire, it could be a great hire, much like all first time hires, but we’ll have to wait and see. McKenzie should be given the benefit of the doubt for now, he’s the professional

  16. nodaclu says: Jan 24, 2012 9:04 PM

    Look for Bowles to end up as the DC, and Saunders to be retained as the OC.

    The makings of a decent staff…

    Remember, nobody knew that much about or thought that highly of Mike McCarthy when GB hired him. Picking coordinators for their first HC job is always a crapshoot.

    Sometimes you get a McCarthy or Tomlin.

    Sometimes you get a Mornhinweg.

    McKenzie’s pedigree and experience suggest something closer to the former.

    Either way, it’ll be interesting to watch the first training camp without Al.

  17. steviekthr3e says: Jan 24, 2012 9:06 PM

    Trbowman, i take it your a Hue “I’m not powerhungry I just want to hire who my boss is -get a manicure-and not manage my team” jackson.

    As a raider fan, I’m not thrilled either. But look at the available prospects- slim pickins.

    Allen had a semi-talented defense over-perform- thats a leader. I won’t write him off til week 4 or so.

    Plus it screws the Broncos (mini bonus)

  18. dionoil says: Jan 24, 2012 9:06 PM

    After john fox’s first year in Carolina, his d coordinator got a head coaching job. That was jack del rio. How’d that work out?

  19. emil4423 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:06 PM

    Dennis Allen will shut up all you haters… Raider Nation will rise with a young humble head coach that has his head on right!

  20. thatstinks says: Jan 24, 2012 9:06 PM

    I was actually afraid the mystery candidate was Tressel for the Terrell Prior connection . Glad I was wrong .

  21. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 24, 2012 9:07 PM

    Hey, look at the bright side, at least you don’t have Pat Shurmur as the head coach of your favorite team.

  22. crise40g says: Jan 24, 2012 9:07 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see the presser.

  23. dawsonleery says: Jan 24, 2012 9:08 PM

    Very Intrestring hire. Allen has coached under Wade Philips, Sean Payton and John Fox… I’m sure he learned a few things.

  24. modestoca says: Jan 24, 2012 9:09 PM

    Thanks for getting the facts right. ESPN reported, earlier today, that a Coach with a defensive background hasn’t been hired since before Al Davis took over the team. I like the fact that this coach has a reputation for being “hard nose” and demanding.

  25. smartbutlazy says: Jan 24, 2012 9:09 PM

    7 DCs in 7 years. I hate to say it but that is the epitome of disfunction. Let’s hope Fox can pull up another good one.

  26. pacificamjr says: Jan 24, 2012 9:10 PM

    why not Art Shell or John Madden?

  27. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Jan 24, 2012 9:11 PM

    Mike Mcarthy was the oc for one of the worst offences in history the season before the packers hired him. Allen isn’t the big, sexy name, but if he puts a strong staff together the raiders can challenge for the weak afc west next season. Ill trust the professional gm with this pick.

  28. trbowman says: Jan 24, 2012 9:11 PM

    “As a raider fan, I’m not thrilled either. But look at the available prospects- slim pickins”

    Not true. Brian Billick, Marty, Jim Fassel, Todd Haley. All readily available.

    For some reason though teams are adverse to recycling coaches and everyone is looking for that new, hot young coordinator.

    The list of candidates the Raiders interviewed was pathetic.

    None were better than Hue, but McKenzie wanted his guy! lol.

  29. realitypolice says: Jan 24, 2012 9:14 PM

    diehardraidersfan says:
    Jan 24, 2012 8:58 PM
    He’ll be the 19th coach in franchise history, and the ninth since the team returned from Los Angeles in 1995.

    …..

    That crap is over. This is a new era with new owner, new GM, and new staff.

    Still trying to hate.
    =====================

    How is stating facts “trying to hate”?

  30. psychoraider904 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:15 PM

    Pathetic. I can’t believe we canned Hue Jackson for this clown. I hope he proves me wrong, but I doubt it.

  31. trbowman says: Jan 24, 2012 9:16 PM

    “I was actually afraid the mystery candidate was Tressel for the Terrell Prior connection . Glad I was wrong .”

    McKenzie will realize Al’s mistake and dump Pryor. Guy is not an NFL QB.

  32. raiderdave says: Jan 24, 2012 9:16 PM

    Make that 18th head coach, Art Shell had two stints. Which is still about 15 too many, but it is what it is.

    This is a particularly interesting hire, since McKenzie and Allen have no background to speak of, but at least McKenzie did it his own way, and hired his own guy. As a Raiders’ fan and season ticket holder, I can only hope that this one works out. But their offseason officially can begin now, and they have got a lot of work to do!

  33. bruanextemporize says: Jan 24, 2012 9:17 PM

    IF this is the guy, then it sounds like a solid move. It is clearly a move away from tendancies and offensive predispositions of the past. The Raiders need a defensive guy to bring them into this century!
    There is no need to go out and hire a retread that is looking for his second or third chance. Why go out and hire someone who has proven they can’t get it done? Some may say, ‘why not Cower’, or ‘why not Gruden’? The answer is that guys of that stature would want control of the roster. The Raiders, for better or worse, hired McKenzie to do that. Give the man a chance to do the job he was hired to do: reshape the roster.
    True, Allen has ONLY been a cooridinator, but Madden was ONLY a coordinator when he was hired…Gruden was ONLy a coordinator when he was hired…

  34. thefiesty1 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:17 PM

    Can’t wait to get away from the Tebow experiment, even to the Raiders.

  35. Patriot42 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:17 PM

    They should have hired Obama he would have them in the SB with the slogans

    1. “Yes We Can”
    2. “Change” versus “More of the Same”
    3. “Vote for Change”
    4. “Change We Can Believe In”
    5. “Our Time for Change”
    6. “It’s about Time. It’s about Change”

    Just pick one for the Raiders. Guaranteed to work.

  36. philvil41 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:18 PM

    In Reggie I trust.

  37. raiderkaos says: Jan 24, 2012 9:20 PM

    I think we got something good if not great going. I think maybe bring in Joe Lombardi as Oc and Todd Bowles as Dc to start filing out his staff.

  38. vincentbojackson says: Jan 24, 2012 9:21 PM

    No we can begin to speculate who will replace Allen at the end of next season.

  39. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 24, 2012 9:21 PM

    diehardraidersfan says:Jan 24, 2012 8:58 PM

    He’ll be the 19th coach in franchise history, and the ninth since the team returned from Los Angeles in 1995.

    …..

    That crap is over. This is a new era with new owner, new GM, and new staff.

    Still trying to hate.
    —————
    Did you say the same for the Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, and Hue Jackson eras?

  40. phadedwun says: Jan 24, 2012 9:24 PM

    I applaud this move and am excited to see what he does with the Raiders defense.

    Clearly the offensive coaches have not been working for a while. Maybe the defensive head coach is the change of pace that the Raiders need to turn a miserable decade around.

    I would rather stick to 4-3, hopefully we can stay healthy on the line. We have an amazing D-Line rotation if utilized properly.

    Go Raiders!

  41. upyoursnfu says: Jan 24, 2012 9:24 PM

    Don’t get comfortable. You’ll be fired in a year or two. Raiders: the Browns of the West.

  42. donttazemebro says: Jan 24, 2012 9:27 PM

    I swear had the Raiders hired Bill Cowher half the fans would be whining that it’s a bad hire.Theres no pleasing many of you!You sound like Red Sox fans as nothing’s ever good enough.You have better candidates that were interested in the job?Name em.As far as Allen goes he’s not an exciting hire but that’s not what a football team should be looking for .I think it was a good hire and I’m interested to see who he adds to his staff.

  43. tr975 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:28 PM

    chadinkc30 says:

    The fact Hue Jackson still doesnt have a job as even as an offensive coordinater speaks volumes to me! He got passed over for Brian schottenheimer…..enough said!
    —————
    I think Hue Jackson is waiting to see what happens with Cam Cameron in Baltimore before he really dives in and starts looking for another job. I think he was probably first choice in St. Louis over Schottenheimer, but he didn’t want to commit at the time, so the Rams moved on and hired Schottenheimer.

  44. IMG says: Jan 24, 2012 9:29 PM

    … and the Raiders continue Al Davis’s tradition of picking relative unknowns.

    On the other hand he is an ex-Bronco now, and we all know how much the Raiders love sticking it to the Broncs.

  45. ronlm says: Jan 24, 2012 9:31 PM

    Actually, Madden was a LBers coach when Al gave him the job.

    I like the fact that McKenzie hired a defensive mind. It would great to see Al Saunders stick around… but that’ll be up to Allen. My guess is Saunders remains at OC. OL coach Bob Wylie would also be a great guy to hold onto. Did wonders with the OL this season.

  46. silverandblack052099 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:32 PM

    I know everyone is thinking “who is this guy?” So am I, but lets face it the defense is what needs to be fixed.

    Let’s stay positive, nobody knew who John Madden was when he got hired. Nobody knew who John Gruden was when he got hired.

  47. trojan33sc says: Jan 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    Hell, I think the best HC for the job is Jim/John Harbaugh’s father. His boys didn’t do too bad this season with both in their Championship Conference Games. All the other candidates including Dennis Allen are pure speculation and we have to see what happens this time next year to judge. Maybe he can take the Raider’s to the AFC Championship game or end up going off on a rant while he’s cleaning out his desk with his severance check in his hand. lol !!!!!!!!!!

  48. war27 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:34 PM

    chadinkc30 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:04 PM

    The fact Hue Jackson still doesnt have a job as even as an offensive coordinater speaks volumes to me! He got passed over for Brian schottenheimer…..enough said!

    ————————

    I think he’d be holding out to be head coach. We’ve all seen it, Hue thinks he’s more then just everything a team needs.

    Once he loses the attitude he’ll take a job as OC and make another team that scored 12 points a game with different QBs and turn them into a top 10 offense week in and week out.

  49. slickster35 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:38 PM

    And the trend continues that no decent coaching prospect will touch the worst franchise in the league.

    Dennis who?

  50. cowhawkfan says: Jan 24, 2012 9:44 PM

    Broncos may en up with a better D coordinator. He doesn’t want to coach a Broncos D with an up and coming payer like Von Miller. And take DC job with Denver before the Raiders any day.

  51. cowhawkfan says: Jan 24, 2012 9:45 PM

    Broncos may end up with a better D coordinator. Who doesn’t want to coach a Broncos D with an up and coming player like Von Miller. Id take DC job with Denver before the Raiders any day.

  52. bittersportspills says: Jan 24, 2012 9:45 PM

    I’d like to see what this guy can do with the Raiders defense. There’s so many mismatched players on that roster, I’m not sure anyone can turn that ship around quickly.

    On the other hand, Al’s track team or guys on scholarship could be gone. Looking forward to seeing some competition in camp.

  53. sdisme says: Jan 24, 2012 9:45 PM

    As a Saints fan I really liked Dennis Allen. I’m not sure if he’s 100% ready to be a head coach, but he was really a good coach here.

  54. justwinbaby4life says: Jan 24, 2012 9:48 PM

    OMG! Focusing on Defense is strange to my Raiders. I love this hire for one reason, defense wins champioships.

    It shouldn’t matter if us Raider fans like the hire but what the outcome is on the field. That denver defense was awesome and helped create the mania and got them to the playoffs.

    Most important thing going forward is to hire a very good OC that can take the offense to the next level.

    FA Players to get this offseason:
    CB Tracy Porter
    LB Dan Conner
    LB Erin Henderson
    S LaRon Landry
    RB Kahlil Bell
    QB Josh Johnson
    Maybe WR Vincent Jackson

  55. mikeeg says: Jan 24, 2012 9:51 PM

    Pathetic IMO

  56. roamingabriel says: Jan 24, 2012 9:52 PM

    cowhawkfan says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:44 PM
    Broncos may en up with a better D coordinator. He doesn’t want to coach a Broncos D with an up and coming payer like Von Miller. And take DC job with Denver before the Raiders any day.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yeah, you guys are so scary good!

    McKenzie probably hired Allen because of his intimate knowledge of your offensive jugernaut, Tebow……… LOL!

    Go Raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. keeponhating says: Jan 24, 2012 9:53 PM

    come on fellow Raider fans. the Raiders most successful seasons were by hiring young coordinators. Madden,Flores,Gruden we don’t need a big name. we need a good coach. Kudos Reggie I hope this is “the guy”

  58. keeponhating says: Jan 24, 2012 9:55 PM

    come on fellow Raider fans. the Raiders most successful seasons were by hiring young coordinators. Madden,Flores,Gruden we don’t need a big name. we need a good coach. we need to make an unknown a big name and not trade him and face him in the superbowl lol. Kudos Reggie I hope this is “the guy”

  59. rayguyreturns says: Jan 24, 2012 9:56 PM

    FogtownSports says:

    Wow. You can never please Raiders fans…..

    But no, Raiders fans are still clamoring for Hue to come back and 8-8 seasons. Did you guys not want a GM either? This is what GM’s do. Now sit down, shutup and let the man coach.

    _____________________________________
    For the record, Hue didn’t hire Breshnihan, Al did. Cable didn’t hire Marshall, Al did. And, Al hired Rob Ryan as well. In all that, the defense has always been controlled by Al, not the head coach and only partially by the DC. The defense has also sucked for the last 10 years…coincidence? Man to Man in the secondary has yielded how many P.I. penalties this year? 100 by Routt alone? How many big runs have there been against us because the DB’s have their back to the line of scrimmage? It’s the defensive philosophy from the 70′s that died with Al that has been the problem. There aren’t enough Nnamdi’s out there to make it work. How many SB winning teams in the last 10 years employ these same philosophies? Zero. Do you see a pattern yet?

    The offense wasn’t the problem this year, so why blame Hue? So to solve the mystery, that is why some Raider fans still like Hue.

    Now it’s time to move on. Again.

  60. roamingabriel says: Jan 24, 2012 9:58 PM

    cowhawkfan says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:45 PM
    Broncos may end up with a better D coordinator. Who doesn’t want to coach a Broncos D with an up and coming player like Von Miller. Id take DC job with Denver before the Raiders any day.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well when you get done completing the 10th grade for the third time you ought to mail your resume to Elway. I’m sure there’s plenty of manure to shovel…

  61. mikeeg says: Jan 24, 2012 9:58 PM

    So far Reggie is looking like a imbecile… hope im wrong

  62. benmci says: Jan 24, 2012 9:59 PM

    What!! I was informed it was to be Dennis Green

  63. intensemojo says: Jan 24, 2012 10:00 PM

    Great news, Go Bolts!

  64. outburst78 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:00 PM

    lilcuzzy says: Jan 24, 2012 9:01 PM

    Positive : 1. First Defensive Minded Head Coach in 30 Years 2. Weakens Broncos

    Negatives : 1 Year as Coordinator. 2 Defense WASNT AMAZING

    What to be excited for : What kind of staff he puts together
    —–
    Positive #3: He’s watched Tebow from the inside for the past year. Tell me we won’t be ready for the Bronco games next year.

    And while their defense wasn’t amazing, imagine if that team had our offense this past year. Moving the chains, keeping that D fresh, instead of 3 quarters of 3 and outs and waiting for the other team to go into prevent for Tebow’s game winning drive. With a competent offense that could eke out another TD per game, they could have been 12-4 this past year. Also, their defense only gave up 28 points in a game 4 times. We did that 8 times. Not saying Allen will come in here and we’ll drop a TD off our pts. against avg., but I like our chances for a better D next year.

  65. tdrundmc says: Jan 24, 2012 10:02 PM

    Mckenzie already proving that he’s as dumb as he looks.

  66. crise40g says: Jan 24, 2012 10:10 PM

    C’mon Raider Haters, that’s all you got? Pffft.

    That’s why you’re an internet tough guy pounding the keyboard at home with NOBODY knocking on your door to be an NFL GM. Those in the know have nothing but good things to say about this guy. Might have been a bit soon but they say he would’ve been a HC within a season or two. Now to surround himself with a quality OC (hopefully Saunders) and DC.

    Win, lose, or tie…Raiders til I die!

  67. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:11 PM

    Congrats Raiders you got a good young coach! He will be missed in Denver.

  68. jollyroger12 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:15 PM

    I can’t wait for the presser as I want to hear him speak. Also curious as to who the OC will be. If the D is better and the O stays healthy, he has a shot.

  69. kibblesnvick says: Jan 24, 2012 10:28 PM

    tr975 says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:28 PM

    I think he was probably first choice in St. Louis over Schottenheimer, but he didn’t want to commit at the time, so the Rams moved on and hired Schottenheimer.
    ********************

    And you know this how? Do you have a source? Seems to me there’s a news article or two written by actual “real-life” journalists stating that Harbaugh and Co. couldn’t have been happier when Hue left Baltimore.

  70. jeremyb91 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:32 PM

    I like the hire even though I know nothing of Dennis Allen. I’m a Raiders fan and was surprised Reggie McKenzie fired Hue Jackson and once he did and was going for “his guy” I assumed Winston Moss as did everyone else. Apparently Moss had a bad interview with Al Davis and another bad interview with Reggie and Dennis Allen blew them away (as he did in his interview with the Rams).

    I’m absolutely shocked the Raiders made a decision against what everyone thought they would do and make an educated decision by interviewing as many candidates as possible and picking the best candidate, not the assumed favorite.

    I like it. I am still learning about the guy, but at least he’s not a retread and he was the best available guy out there.

  71. richieab says: Jan 24, 2012 10:33 PM

    Raiders are pulling the old George Costanza.Do the opposite thing I used to do. Good move.

  72. xpensivewinos says: Jan 24, 2012 10:36 PM

    Good hire. McKenzie and Allen can pump some new blood in to the Raiders. There’s talent there, they just desperately need structure, order and leadership.

    Which leads us to Hue Jackson. That guy is completely unstable and any organization is better if he’s not part of it. That dude is a kook.

  73. rap49er says: Jan 24, 2012 10:36 PM

    Why not Art Shell?

  74. raidadon says: Jan 24, 2012 10:37 PM

    welcome aboard Coach Allen! Now we gotta exorcise the donkey stank off of him! Do Work!

  75. raideralex99 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:46 PM

    Does anyone else feel like they are in the movie groundhog day … at the end of every football season the Raiders fire the coach and it takes weeks to hire a no name?

  76. jdmastermind says: Jan 24, 2012 10:50 PM

    I hope this is a good coach for the raiders, what about Rob Ryan, Jon Gruden, Dennis Green, Brian Billick, Winston Moss, Jerry Glanville, Chip Kelley and others, If they retain Al Saunders as oc that would be great if they resighn Jason Campbell not Carson Palmer, get rid of palmer he is washed up, Like I said I hooe this works out for the raiders I am not convinced that Dennis Allen is going to be a great head coach, was Denver’s defense that good mmmmm. And they defiantly need to go to a 3-4 defense maybe a Todd Bowles, Eric Mangini or somebody like that.
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  77. gobungles says: Jan 24, 2012 10:58 PM

    Dennis who?

  78. mavajo says: Jan 24, 2012 10:58 PM

    Raiders fans, be patient. When Ted Thompson hired Mike McCarthy, almost no one had heard of him. He was the OC for the 31st ranked offense in the NFL.

    A Super Bowl and a 15-1 season later…I think he made the right call.

  79. kibblesnvick says: Jan 24, 2012 11:03 PM

    richieab says:
    Jan 24, 2012 10:33 PM

    Raiders are pulling the old George Costanza.Do the opposite thing I used to do. Good move.
    ************

    Waitress: Tuna on toast, coleslaw, cup of coffee

    George: Yeahh- no, no, wait a minute! I always have tuna on toast. Nothing’s ever worked out for me with tuna on toast. I want the complete opposite of tuna on toast – chicken salad… on rye… untoasted, with a side of potata salad… and a cup of tea. Ha ha!

    Elaine: Well, there’s no telling what can happen from this.

  80. dgstan says: Jan 24, 2012 11:05 PM

    Before y’all continue your love-fest for Hue, let’s recall he threw the whole team under the bus after the last game. Whether they deserved it or not, he lost their respect. No way he could lead those guys after what he did.

    That’s why he’s gone.

    I’m all for Allen – I’m just glad they didn’t recycle some good ol’ boy.

  81. raidermot says: Jan 24, 2012 11:13 PM

    Reggie McKenzie? I do not know one way or the other.

    Dennis Allen? I do not know one way or the other.

    The Raiders for the last 8-9 years? I know. And I do not like.

    How much worse can this McKenzie & Allen combination be? I guess I might be willing to give it try. Why not?

  82. justwinbaby29 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:23 PM

    For the people who said this is a bad hire – would should have McKenzie hired? And please don’t give me Jon Gruden. He wasn’t leaving TV and coaches that go back to a previous stop usually don’t work out well (when was the last time an NFL HC did it anyway?)

    Like I said in a previous post an unproven assistant is a crapshoot – he could be Mike Tomlin or Raheem Morris.

    Time will tell.

    In the meantime – let’s hope McKenzie got it right!

  83. blacksunday1 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:35 PM

    Let’s give him a chance. After all,we’ve given a chance just about anybody..one more wouldn’t hurt.

  84. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 24, 2012 11:40 PM

    Did the Raiders not see what the Patriots did to this guy’s defense?

    Oh, I suppose that was all Tebow’s fault.

  85. autumnwind999 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:43 PM

    donttazemebro says:Jan 24, 2012 9:27 PM

    I swear had the Raiders hired Bill Cowher half the fans would be whining that it’s a bad hire.Theres no pleasing many of you!You sound like Red Sox fans as nothing’s ever good enough.You have better candidates that were interested in the job?Name em.

    ——————————-

    Hue Jackson.

  86. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:46 PM

    All I know about Dennis Allen is from head to head battles.

    His defense couldn’t stop McFadden the 1st game.

    Couldn’t stop Bush the 2nd Game

    Palmer came off the couch and threw for close to 350 yards on Allen’s D.

    Cant really see how this is an upgrade from Hue.

  87. raiderfan509 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:01 AM

    Maybe this coach will make the bully, that Hue promised. I’m optimistic about this guy. Raider Nation lets give him a chance.

  88. 7pints says: Jan 25, 2012 12:11 AM

    justwinbaby4life says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:48 PM
    OMG! Focusing on Defense is strange to my Raiders. I love this hire for one reason, defense wins champioships.

    It shouldn’t matter if us Raider fans like the hire but what the outcome is on the field. That denver defense was awesome and helped create the mania and got them to the playoffs.

    Most important thing going forward is to hire a very good OC that can take the offense to the next level.

    FA Players to get this offseason:
    CB Tracy Porter
    LB Dan Conner
    LB Erin Henderson
    S LaRon Landry
    RB Kahlil Bell
    QB Josh Johnson
    Maybe WR Vincent Jackson
    —————————————————————————–

    Wow! New year, same old delusional, uneducated Jokeland fans. Hey chief, ya need a little something called cap room to start adding FAs. Football 101 for fans that know what they are talking about.

  89. raiderssf says: Jan 25, 2012 12:17 AM

    As a Raider fan, I hate going through coaches each year, but whats done is done. And lets be real, if next year the defense is slightly better, I mean can stop those 95 plus yard game winning drives here and there, shave off a penalty or two a game (I know I am asking for a lot) along with DMC and Palmer staying on the field for 16 games (Now I am dreaming), that 2013 2nd Draft pick to the Bengals will turn into a number 1.

  90. blackbeard43 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:22 AM

    The guy seems a bit young, but what the hell! Read his bio and was impressed with some quotes from broncos players:

    “He must have a military background, that’s the first thing I thought of. Must have been in the military or had that in his family background, some way or another. That’s the way he carries himself,” cornerback Andre Goodman said. “His thing is discipline, discipline, discipline. Do everything right, all the time, and never let up.”

    While polling players for words to describe Allen’s personality and coaching style, three came up every time: intense, discipline and teacher.

    Alright, Go Raidas!

  91. tatum064 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:36 AM

    trbowman says:
    Jan 24, 2012 8:54 PM
    Great job McKenzie.

    You fire Hue….for this guy?

    Good one.

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

    Hue basically dug his own grave. Nobody told him to “guarantee an AFC West title” or “build a bully”. He said that. So he lived through the media, and had his coaching end through the media. Rex can get away with it – he got to 2 AFC Championships.

    Allen is respected, and Saints DC Gregg Williams said he was one of the best coaches he ever worked with. That being said, Denver didnt exactly blow people away with their defense, but they didnt necessarily have a d loaded with Pro Bowlers, either.

  92. tatum064 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:38 AM

    broncobeta says:
    Jan 24, 2012 8:57 PM
    Thanks for interviewing during a playoff week, Dennis.

    I wish more coordinators were like Jay Gruden, and didn’t bite at the first chance of getting a head coaching job.

    One season as a coordinator? Really?

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

    So, when does Jay Gruden go to the Broncos?

    Really?

  93. tatum064 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:40 AM

    FogtownSports says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:03 PM
    Wow. You can never please Raiders fans.

    I’m a Raiders fans and the backlash on this hire ALREADY is disgusting. McKenzie interviewed anyone and everyone he thought was capable of coaching and Allen came out on top. Obviously he sees something in Allen enough to offer him the head coaching job OVER McKenzie’s own staff in GB.

    But no, Raiders fans are still clamoring for Hue to come back and 8-8 seasons. Did you guys not want a GM either? This is what GM’s do. Now sit down, shutup and let the man coach.

    z===============

    Longer the playoff drought, the more expectations rise. Especially, following the Niners near Super Bowl run

  94. stopthehate15bowdown says: Jan 25, 2012 12:46 AM

    Hate to lose that guy but we still got Foxy. The important thing is keeping McCoy. Continuity on offense is more important especially for Tebow to have guys he trusts and that believe in him. Hopefully he can get Tebow out of his shell passing wise and design a qb friendly offense that blends the short passing game into our rushing based attack.

  95. prideandpoise says: Jan 25, 2012 12:53 AM

    Give the guy credit. He beat out quite a few candidates, including the favorite for the job from the start, Winston Moss.

    Either he knows his stuff or he’s a great interviewer. Right now, people need to give him the benefit of the doubt, considering what he did to turn around an abysmal 2010 Denver defense in 2011.

  96. commitment2excrement says: Jan 25, 2012 1:12 AM

    Wow, if this GM/HC thinks he can morph the Raiders into a 3-4 team with no draft picks and a secondary that features 2 ten million dollar busts, They will definitely get my vote for Exec / HC Of the year.

    Dennis, by the time you get enough pieces for the
    3-4, you would have already been fired.

    The Raiders cant even field 3 starting quality LB’s in a 4-3. Does the new GM believe by adding another LB its going to teach the other 3 how to tackle?

  97. goldrush36 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:27 AM

    More than half the 49ers fans HATED the hiring of Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh and look how that turned out. Give it a chance guys. It’s not like they were going to woo Cowher or Dungy out of retirement or something

  98. themonster49 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:25 AM

    Ok . . .

    Who?

    The Broncos played great defense but everyone knows things are more noticeable when the offense is playing well, the defense included.

    Despite the amazing performance of the Broncos defense, this is so out of nowhere that it makes you wonder if Al Davis didn’t leave behind some kind of rule for picking head coaches with his son.

  99. tr975 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:43 AM

    kibblesnvick says: Jan 24, 2012 10:28 PM

    tr975 says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:28 PM

    I think he was probably first choice in St. Louis over Schottenheimer, but he didn’t want to commit at the time, so the Rams moved on and hired Schottenheimer.
    ********************

    And you know this how? Do you have a source? Seems to me there’s a news article or two written by actual “real-life” journalists stating that Harbaugh and Co. couldn’t have been happier when Hue left Baltimore.
    ———————-
    I didn’t say I “know” this to be true, and I don’t have a source, because it’s all a little thing called OPINION, internet tough guy. For all your bluster about “actual real-life journalists”, I see that you conveniently left out any sources to back up what you stated as fact.

    Here’s a quote for you: “Of course, if things go well, it will be Flacco and Rice standing at the podium afterward accepting the bouquets. If they don’t, then you’re almost certainly going to hear the usual grumbling about the Ravens’ red zone issues and whispers about the sudden availability of highly regarded former Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, who was just fired as head coach of the Raiders.”

    It’s from this article: (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-01-14/sports/bs-sp-schmuck-column-0115-20120114_1_ravens-offense-flacco-and-rice-cam-cameron)

    That doesn’t sound like an actual real-life journalist talking about how glad Harbaugh and Co. were that the “highly respected” Jackson left Baltimore.

    And, here’s a quote from an article off this very site which backs up my OPINION about Jackson having interest in seeing what happens with Cameron in Baltimore before deciding on a next step: “An even more obvious candidate would be former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who served as Flacco’s position coach in 2008 and 2009, before joining Oakland as offensive coordinator.”

    From this article: (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/22/cam-cameron-not-expected-back-in-baltimore/)

    Here’s something that backs up your claim, but it is not fact, it is OPINION:

    From Don Banks:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201…?sct=nfl_wr_a1

    “As for new Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, the team’s former offensive coordinator, let’s just say there’s very divided opinion around the league when it comes to him. Some view him as a strong motivator, and others consider him something of a manipulator and self-promoter. I know this to be true: When Jackson left his gig as Ravens quarterbacks coach after the 2009 season, joining Oakland as its offensive coordinator, Baltimore and head coach John Harbaugh didn’t mind seeing him go in the least.”

    There’s some stuff from Oakland actual real-life journalists about how they didn’t like Jackson, but not much about Harbaugh. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s just your OPINION. Nothing points to it definitely being FACT.

  100. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Jan 25, 2012 5:09 AM

    After the absolutely dreadful performances we watched last year by our defense that most certainly kept this team from at least a 10 win season and out of the playoffs, how could any knowledgeable Raiders fan be mad, pissed off, or disappointed by the hiring of a defense coach?

    The offense has too much talent to fail, as long as they stay healthy, so why not hyper focus on the clear weakness of a young team that is ready to make a run at some Division Championships?

  101. tatum064 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:28 AM

    prideandpoise says:
    Jan 25, 2012 12:53 AM
    Give the guy credit. He beat out quite a few candidates, including the favorite for the job from the start, Winston Moss.

    Either he knows his stuff or he’s a great interviewer. Right now, people need to give him the benefit of the doubt, considering what he did to turn around an abysmal 2010 Denver defense in 2011.
    ==================

    He needs a good presser – introduce himself, demonstrate those traits that got him in this position and a ssemble a great staff. I’m very interested to hear Mike Silver’s take, because he was an ardent defender of Hue Jackson. Will be very interesting with the media (who thought Hue got a raw deal from Mark Davis)

  102. broncomania420 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:52 AM

    Broncos fan here..

    All I can say for Dennis Allen is the moment he considered going to work for the Raiders in anyway he should have been let go immediately. We want a true commited coaching staff not one that is willing to go to the enemy, the number 1 enemy.

    Allen is inexperienced at the head coaching position so he can either be good or bad..the moment he signed on with the Raiders I started hoping he is terrible.

    Ps. Side note..wait till Elway has an offseason with Tebow ha Go Broncos!

  103. staffordsyear says: Jan 25, 2012 6:12 AM

    He looks funny.

  104. masterblaster78 says: Jan 25, 2012 6:53 AM

    To be truthful, I was hoping the mystery man was Chuckie. Water over the dam now so to speak. No matter how much crying about the hire, now is the time to see what he can do and what he will do. I’m not overly happy about the hire, but I didn’t have a say in the hiring. One good thing every Raider fan has to admit is that the defense was horrific especially in the 4th quarter. I was hoping for a defensive hire and now the Raiders got one. The offense is already set, now eyes are on the defense which hopefully gets better and not melt and lose games. Like I said, the choice has been made so put up with it. GO RAIDERS

  105. 1509lucky says: Jan 25, 2012 7:12 AM

    So they hired a guy who oversaw a Defense that gave up 35 points or more in 5 games this year and said”That’s our Guy”,Seriously?

  106. joetoronto says: Jan 25, 2012 7:13 AM

    To you Hue Jackson followers, you’re NOT Raiders fans, so don’t pretend to be one.

    Follow Hue and get behind him, in the unemployment line.

    See ya!

  107. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 25, 2012 7:51 AM

    He’s the head coach of the team I support. I’m going to route for him.

    GO RAIDERS!

  108. omniusprime says: Jan 25, 2012 8:51 AM

    Yet another unknown picked as a Raider coach. Dennis Allen will have to prove he’s another defensive genius like John Madden. I just don’t like the revolving door that the Raider’s coaching job has become, no wonder there’s no consistency from year to year.

    I liked Hue Jackson because he brought old school Raider offense back throwing the ball deep. Hue was plagued by to many injuries, Hue deserved another year.

    I am not a fan of the 3-4 defense and if that piece of garbage defense ends up in Oakland I sure won’t be rooting for Allen, unless the Raiders start winning their division and a championship. One thing Dennis had better do is cut down the number of stupid penalties the Raiders commit, if he does that then there’s hope for the team. Dennis had also better make good use of Palmer and the swift wide receivers, he has to embrace the vertical game just as Madden did.

    Go Raiders!

  109. pacog364 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:14 AM

    Hopefully Dennis Allen will consider keeping Rod Woodson on his staff.

  110. whynotusecommonsense says: Jan 25, 2012 9:22 AM

    tatum064 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 5:28 AM

    He needs a good presser – introduce himself, demonstrate those traits that got him in this position and a ssemble a great staff. I’m very interested to hear Mike Silver’s take, because he was an ardent defender of Hue Jackson. Will be very interesting with the media (who thought Hue got a raw deal from Mark Davis)
    —————————————————–
    Why so interested in what Silver has to say? Isn’t it obvious? Silver and Hue are buddies and he’s going to defend him in order to keep that good relationship. Don’t expect Silver to say anything but Hue is a better coach than Allen. Even though he doesn’t know what kind of coach Allen is because he doesn’t know him. Take his opinion with a grain of salt.

    Truthfully, I wanted Hue to have another year but look at the facts:

    - Hue could not motivate and get his team ready to win even 2 of the last 5 games. Everyone deals with injuries, move on, it’s not an excuse.

    - Hue continued to take blame all season, until it mattered and he threw everyone else under the bus. (real leader of men there)

    - Speaking of leaders, he lead a team that set records for penalties and penalty yards. No discipline.

    - Hue continued to let his DC roll out ridiculous coverages at the end of games which ultimately cost them. It started in week 3. He’s the head coach, make an executive decision.

    - Hue wanted more control. With a new GM, he wasn’t going to get it. Why would the new GM want to be constantly looking over his shoulder and having to micro-manage his head coach?

    As much as Silver defends Hue, there are rumors that Hue has burned every bridge he’s crossed while trying to climb the ladder. If true, don’t expect to see him land in Baltimore.

    Truth of the matter is that we don’t know what kind of coach Allen will be yet. Time will tell. But Reggie went out, interviewed candidates and came away impressed by Allen enough to offer hime the job. That’s good enough for me.

  111. jakethegrift says: Jan 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    I wanted a defensive minded head coach, and was hoping for Winston Moss if there was nothing else out there. Hopefully, we can convert Dennis Allen to the dark side quick, and make our Raiders a real contender.

  112. whynotusecommonsense says: Jan 25, 2012 9:35 AM

    themonster49 says:Jan 25, 2012 3:25 AM

    Ok . . .

    Who?

    The Broncos played great defense but everyone knows things are more noticeable when the offense is playing well, the defense included.

    Despite the amazing performance of the Broncos defense, this is so out of nowhere that it makes you wonder if Al Davis didn’t leave behind some kind of rule for picking head coaches with his son.
    ——————————————————
    What?

    The offense was playing well? They were winning games with scores like 17 – 13, 17 – 14, 13 – 10. That’s defense. They had virtually no passing game. Winning games with 2 completions?

    And yes the defense gave up some big games too. Not sure but they had to be near the top of the league in 3 and outs this year. That gives your defense no rest at all. Give that defense some rest by sustaining some drives on offense and you never know.

    I do know that their offense wasn’t playing so well, the defense played better also.

  113. glac1 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:49 AM

    I’m surprised McKenzie used his “friends” like Moss and Capers as decoys. It doesn’t say much for his style of management.

  114. yem123 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:02 AM

    At least now the Raiders can get a head start on finding an interim coach for the 2nd half of 2013, and a new head coach in 2014. Should be able to get a good candidate with all that time to prepare.

    Nothing against Allen…. but when was the last time a Raiders coach lasted for more than 2 seasons? And to think, they actually had a good season. With Campbell and McFadden healthy they would have been a playoff team and should be in 2012 but who knows now, with scheme and personnel changes.

    Thanks Raiders for always making the AFC west a 3-team race.

  115. raiders757 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    slickster35 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:38 PM

    And the trend continues that no decent coaching prospect will touch the worst franchise in the league.

    ————————

    …and the trend continues that there’s always some idiot that will believe anything they’re told and hang onto to it despite the truth biting them right in the ass.

  116. poprox13 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:43 AM

    @trbowman

    “As a raider fan, I’m not thrilled either. But look at the available prospects- slim pickins”

    Not true. Brian Billick, Marty, Jim Fassel, Todd Haley. All readily available.

    ___________________

    That made me laugh, please tell me you were joking.

  117. raiderapologist says: Jan 25, 2012 3:59 PM

    intensemojo says: Jan 24, 2012 10:00 PM

    Great news, Go Bolts!

    Charger fan should not be making comments about coaching hires on other teams. That wasn’t a bad dream you were having. Turner is still your coach.

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