Richard Seymour knows about excellent coaches, having worked for Bill Belichick.
And the Raiders defensive end thinks he’s playing for one again.
Seymour told Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on NFL SiriusXM Radio that new Raiders boss Dennis Allen has the qualities to be a great leader.
“Some coaches just have the ‘it factor,’ and Dennis Allen has it,” Seymour said, via Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com. “I can’t stress enough about everyone being on the same page.”
Allen’s a small part of the makeover the Raiders are trying to put in place. New General Manager Reggie McKenzie was dealt an unenviable salary cap hand because of previous moves, which has limited his ability to add depth.
But just polishing up what’s already on hand would help, and Seymour thinks Allen can do just that.
The Raiders were an extremely undisciplined team last year, setting records with 163 penalties for 1,358 penalty yards.
“I met all the coaches and the new G.M. and the new regime here and I think our fans have a lot to be excited about,” Seymour said. “I think we’re headed in the right direction. We’re trying to build a smart, tough, disciplined football team and I think everyone’s preaching the same message and it’s coming across very clear.
“I think we’re definitely headed in the right direction.”
Allen’s now the third coach Seymour’s played for in four years with the Raiders, testament to the unsettled nature there. But if the new 39-year-old rookie coach can win an important veteran so quickly, it will go a long way toward establishing some stability there.