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.