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Raiders finally announce the hiring of Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen

Only the Raiders could make an announcement of a head coach feel oddly anticlimactic.

Three days after it was widely reported that the team chose Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to be their next head coach, the Raiders confirmed the news Friday.

They did so by pointing out a press conference to introduce Allen as the head coach will take place Monday at noon PT.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Allen agreed to a four-year deal. That’s significant because Raiders coaches have only been getting two-year deals lately.

G.M. Reggie McKenzie has taken some criticism for continuing the trend of firing coaches in Oakland, but we think it made a lot of sense to start fresh with his own guy.

If Allen doesn’t make it to the end of his contract, then you can criticize McKenzie.

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37 Responses to “Raiders finally announce the hiring of Dennis Allen”
  1. 1captain1 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:30 PM

    Denver Sacks: 41
    Raiders Sacks: 39

    Denver Ints: 9
    Raiders Ints: 18

    Really.

  2. toolnutz says: Jan 27, 2012 1:32 PM

    I’m all in with Coach Allen.

  3. r8danation says: Jan 27, 2012 1:32 PM

    Congrats Coach Allen!
    Lets Get It!
    RAIDER NATION!

  4. swervinmervin says: Jan 27, 2012 1:37 PM

    History repeats itself. This will be the Mike Shanahan situation all over again.

  5. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 27, 2012 1:42 PM

    It’s still the Raiders. When was the last time they were relevent?

    The AFC West belongs to KC next season and in after 2 years the Raiders will be searching for another head coach……………….again

  6. jjwalkerisdynomite says: Jan 27, 2012 1:49 PM

    Dennis Allen is a hot head and a loose cannon. I don’t see him melding with the other coaching staff. Al Davis must be spinning in his grave.

  7. dubv326 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:52 PM

    Good hire, A COMPLETE rebuild from top to bottom is what the Raiders needed.. Just anxious to see who the rest of his staff is.. silver & black baby

  8. rundmc81 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:58 PM

    Raiders d.. 6-7 Talented players
    Denver d.. 2 talented players

  9. getthegleam says: Jan 27, 2012 2:09 PM

    Denver Sacks: 41
    Raiders Sacks: 39

    Denver Ints: 9
    Raiders Ints: 18

    Really.

    ____________________________________

    Exactly, really? I’ve said it before in a previous post, go look at these teams defense’s in 2010. Coach Allen took a dead last defense and improved it. Chuck Bresnahan took a top 10, maybe 11th overall defense and destroyed it. Everywhere he’s been (Allen) he’s improved the unit. I say Welcome Aboard Coach!

  10. 44mpo says: Jan 27, 2012 2:10 PM

    Let’s hope it works out good. I’m hopeful.
    I’m interested to see who he hires for O.C and D.C.
    Breshnahan is gone, right?

  11. raider8er says: Jan 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    If DA can get these dummies to play with some discipline and cut the penalties down by just 25% – this team can go to the playoffs.

  12. lumpinyourthroat says: Jan 27, 2012 2:18 PM

    Forget about coach’s in KC the better be searching the phones for bugging devices. Talk about a 3 ring circus.

  13. 1captain1 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:19 PM

    With that hair he HAD to be the next coach!

  14. bulldogslc says: Jan 27, 2012 2:21 PM

    This makes more sense than the Fins/McCoy thing….at least his part of the team was solid.

  15. crise40g says: Jan 27, 2012 2:25 PM

    LOL All you haters forgot one thing, Al Davis is gone. This isn’t going to be your grand pappy’s Raiders.

  16. wetpaperbag3 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:27 PM

    swervinmervin says: Jan 27, 2012 1:37 PM

    History repeats itself. This will be the Mike Shanahan situation all over again.
    ================================

    Please, explain how this will be the Shanahan situation all over again with a Raiders owner who has the common sense to be hands off and let his staff do their jobs as compared to Al Davis insisting to be right in everything and running everything?

    You need to cut that Haterade out of your diet. You’ll give yourself a stroke and diarrhea.

  17. r8drbehindenemylines says: Jan 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy … you live up to your name!

    “The AFC West belongs to KC next season” … based on what? Your retread coach? Who’s your QB? You think Berry or Charles will be back at 100% next season? Or you can keep D Bowe from open market? One thing for sure, your GM will make sure the hallways are litter free!

    Raiders are closer than you think.
    I do think it’s the AFC West will be wild once again next year … as it should be!

  18. dawsonleery says: Jan 27, 2012 2:43 PM

    This is a good hire. Its truly a new era in Oakland.

  19. rdrllldubk says: Jan 27, 2012 2:45 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:42 PM
    It’s still the Raiders. When was the last time they were relevent?

    The AFC West belongs to KC
    ———————————-

    When was the last time the kc did anything? 1970, i wasnt even born yet LOL!
    Always the brides maid never the bride (I stole that from Steelers)

  20. keevel says: Jan 27, 2012 2:48 PM

    1captain1 says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:30 PM

    Denver Sacks: 41
    Raiders Sacks: 39

    Denver Ints: 9
    Raiders Ints: 18
    —————————————
    As a Packer fan I can tell you that the quality of a defense is not necessarily reflected in the quantity of impact plays.

    Instead, let us look at Denver before Allen as DC vs. Denver with Allen as DC for a single year.

    Broncos 2010 ppg – 29.4
    Broncos 2011 ppg – 24.4

    Broncos 2010 yds pg – 390.8
    Broncos 2011 yds pg – 357.8

  21. thetwilightsown says: Jan 27, 2012 3:02 PM

    Did a KC fan just trash talk the Raiders new HC hire?

    26-41
    Your current coach’s winning percentage is enough reason to just sit tight and not talk so much.

    I will say this, while neither of our teams have done jack shizzle in the last 10 years, at least Norv is still coaching the Chargeless!

  22. dondiraider says: Jan 27, 2012 3:34 PM

    I love it! And he looks like a young Al with that hair!

  23. philvil41 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:48 PM

    If Reggie can evaluate coaches like Ron Wolf says he can evaluate players,then the Raiders will be a force right away.

  24. chadinkc30 says: Jan 27, 2012 4:05 PM

    Attention Chiefs fans…..you haven’t seen a playoff victory in 19 years! Pathetic!

  25. wetpaperbag3 says: Jan 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    @thatobnoxiousguy: How’s that dysfunction going in KC? Wiretap any phones lately? Still not allowing staff to be on certain floors of the building? How about being made to close their blinds when the team is practicing? It’s a shame that you can’t go to lunch with co-workers because of a risk of being accused of fraternization and collusion.

    Kansas city…Keeping tin foil hats in fashion!

  26. r81ders says: Jan 27, 2012 4:36 PM

    Does everyone remember when nobody wanted to coach the RAIDERS..I belive GM made a statement showing everyone all the coaches he had lined up for the job..and to make it 4 years..I’m not happy to say it cuz AL is gone but this is a long time coming for a new RAIDER NATION

  27. aldavisisgod says: Jan 27, 2012 4:39 PM

    1captain1 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:30 PM

    Denver Sacks: 41
    Raiders Sacks: 39

    Denver Ints: 9
    Raiders Ints: 18

    Really.

    _____________________

    With this line of thinking, he probably thinks DeAngelo Hall is a great cornerback and the Raiders should’ve kept him.

  28. efriedo says: Jan 27, 2012 5:08 PM

    “History repeats itself. This will be the Mike Shanahan situation all over again.”

    -Explain to me how this compares to the Shannahan situation…

    1) Shannahan was an offensive coach, Allen is a defensive coach.

    2) Shannahan was hired and fired by Al Davis. Davis is dead. Allen was hired by Reggie McKenzie.

    3) Shannahan was fired because he wanted to remove Art Shell from the coaching staff. Al Davis refused, fired Shannahan and promoted Shell. Allen gets to choose his own staff…that means hire and fire them. And Art Shell is not on the staff at this time.

    How do these situations compare? RIDDLE ME THAT!

  29. efriedo says: Jan 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    “It’s still the Raiders. When was the last time they were relevent? The AFC West belongs to KC next season and in after 2 years the Raiders will be searching for another head coach……………….again”

    -Bwahahahaha! Did you say “KC”??? Are you drunk? Must be. When was the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game? made it to the Super Bowl??? I don’t think I was even born yet…

  30. tatum064 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:06 PM

    1captain1 says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:30 PM
    Denver Sacks: 41
    Raiders Sacks: 39

    Denver Ints: 9
    Raiders Ints: 18

    Really.

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

    Hue Jackson; “I wont be in this position next year”

    Yeah, REALLY.

    He ran his stupid mouth and got a cap busted on him.

    If he didn’t promise an AFC West title, and keep his yap shut, he’d probably have got another year.

  31. spinmovr says: Jan 27, 2012 7:25 PM

    Think about it this way:

    If this guy is a very good defensive coordinator and you want him to be part of your organization, you can’t offer him a lateral move. If you believe he’s going to be a HC, then you have to offer him your top spot. But it all comes down to how much you believe in him as a talent.

    Keep Saunders at offensive coordinator calling plays and work that defense into something dangerous.

  32. raiderapologist says: Jan 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 27, 2012 1:42 PM

    It’s still the Raiders. When was the last time they were relevent?

    The AFC West belongs to KC next season and in after 2 years the Raiders will be searching for another head coach……………….again

    Speaking of relevance, remind us again of how long it’s been since the Chiefs won a playoff game. Or tell us stories about their last coach, who lasted more than two, but less than three years. You make Denver fans sound lucid.

  33. ern215 says: Jan 27, 2012 8:18 PM

    if u call urself a raider fan and you dont like this hire……u need to check ur fandom.

  34. chadinkc30 says: Jan 27, 2012 9:12 PM

    I’m a Raider fan, and I’m honestly not gonna say I love the hire, but I’m gonna give the guy a chance & hope for the best! Could end up being great, could be another unsuccessful first time head coach

  35. bittersportspills says: Jan 27, 2012 10:01 PM

    I like the hire, but have to be realistic. The Raiders can’t stop the run. Not sure how much that’s going to change with the same personnel. Oakland is, as always up against the cap.
    I think the person who posted the stats on sacks and interceptions didn’t realize those stats don’t matter. You aren’t going to be better than 8-8 if teams effectively pound you with with the run, and that is one Raiders constant over the long non-playoffs stretch. Raiders are going to have to get some inside heft to stop the run and free up their LB’s. It doesn’t matter what you do with your LB’s and safeties if your DT’s are getting pushed off the ball.
    If Allen shores up the run defense and Palmer isn’t washed up…two big IFs…the Raiders could be interesting in 2012.

  36. blackdonnelly says: Jan 28, 2012 3:59 AM

    As a Raiders fan I’m willing to give the new regime its fair shot and hope for the best. The AFC West should be fun this coming season….

  37. radrntn says: Jan 28, 2012 1:14 PM

    It’s the dawning of a new era……For those about to rock, we salute you …GO RAIDERS!

    One Nation, the Raider Nation.
    (all others are just wannabees)

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