Saints hiring Dennis Allen as head coach

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The final head coaching vacancy has been filled.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Saints are promoting defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to be their head coach.

Allen was the favorite all along to replace Sean Payton, who stepped down from his position as Saints head coach on Jan. 25.

Allen was in his second stint as a Saints assistant coach under Payton. He was the assistant defensive line coach from 2006-2007 before becoming the secondary coach from 2008-2010. After a season as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator, he was hired as the Raiders’ head coach. But that tenure was largely unsuccessful, as Allen was fired after four games in his third season with an 8-28 record.

Allen returned to New Orleans in 2015 as a senior defensive assistant. But he was promoted to defensive coordinator in November of that season to replace Rob Ryan. He had held that same position ever since.

Allen served as the Saints’ interim head coach in Week 15 when Payton was out due to COVID-19. New Orleans defeated Tampa Bay 9-0 on Sunday Night Football.

42 responses to “Saints hiring Dennis Allen as head coach

  1. Good hire for the Saints. Keeps some consistency in the organization, which is an important factor.

  2. 70 mill over the cap without a QB. No Taysom Hill is not a QB no matter how much the Saints want him to be. At least Payton rewarded his guy and saddled the Saints with that horrendous contract but he’s not paying it and he’s not coaching it so why not.

    Allen might as well be the new Culley. He’s there to take the lumps so they can hire someone better when they have cap space and a QB again.

  3. Happy for Allen.. He wasn’t very successful as Raiders HC … but he grew from the experience and I always root for former Raiders.

    Once a Raider, Always a Raider.

  4. Sean Payton was a great coach, but he couldn’t win without a first ballot HOF QB. I certainly don’t expect Dennis Allen to win without one. Heck, Bill Belichick can’t even win without one, and he’s the greatest football coach of all time. Just be patient. Allen is a fine coach. It’s the GMs job to get an elite QB.

  5. Chiefs fans everywhere are groaning. Now we have to hear about how good EB is for another year….

  6. Allen is a defensive coordinator. As far as a head coach I really don’t know. Just looking at the resumes of E.B., Leftwich and Allen there is only 1 choice and it’s not Allen.
    Yes he has a good defense. If he decides to use the OC that they already have then the Saints will not have any offense at all. Pete didn’t call plays. I hope that he decides to go outside and get someone, someone young and bright

  7. I think this made the most sense to keep everyone in tact . Hope he can get a quarterback to come to New Orleans

  8. Excellent. Let Pete Carmichael continue to run the offense, Dennis Allen can have a lot of input to the defense. Now to keep defense intact and fix the offense despite salary cap woes.

  9. While I’m at peace with this, I would have loved to have seen Eric Bienemy become the head coach and bring that high-powered KC offense to New Orleans. What was the use of spending 8 hours with him on Sunday, only to leak that Dennis Allen is the new coach? That was a complete waste of time, money and more.

    A lot of fellow Saints fan don’t want change. They have fallen in love with the Sean Payton memories. But he hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since 2010! 12 years ago today! I looked forward to a new offense and more. Look at what the Rams and Bengals did. They didn’t fall in love with the previous coach’s players and systems. They cleaned house and now they’re in the Super Bowl. If you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, you will keep on gettin’ what you’ve been gettin’ and I’m afraid that’s what is going to happen with the Saints.

    DA is a nice defensive coordinator, but they really needed a new voice–and system. This is going to be Sean Payton 2.0 and DA will always coach in his shadow. And this likely means Taysom Hill isn’t going anywhere because of the familiarity. So, goodbye chance of getting a solid QB if they insist that he is an NFL starter.

  10. This is the best move they could make. Dennis Allen is a big reason for the Saints’ success over the past 5 years. He turned their defense from a liability to the strength of the team. They had a winning record this year despite starting 4 different QBs, and would have made the playoffs for a 5th year in a row had the 49ers not come back from a 17 point deficit to the Rams in week 18. This is still a winning team with a great culture, and there was simply no need to rock the boat by bringing someone new with a brand new philosophy.

  11. I think Todd Boweles or Leftwhich should have been HC THIS YEAR. They would have been better hires than 1/2 the ones that got jobs. Texans,Raiders,Dolphins,Saints,Bears,and Vikings ignored the talent that could have had.

  12. eagleswin says:
    February 7, 2022 at 6:36 pm
    70 mill over the cap without a QB. No Taysom Hill is not a QB no matter how much the Saints want him to be. At least Payton rewarded his guy and saddled the Saints with that horrendous contract but he’s not paying it and he’s not coaching it so why not.

    Allen might as well be the new Culley. He’s there to take the lumps so they can hire someone better when they have cap space and a QB again.
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    Trade Thomas post 1 June and save $15 mil. Trade Cameron Jordan post 1 June and save $14 mil. Extend Lattimore, Ramyczk, Peat and Roby and uh oh scoobey. I’m not even a Saints fan.

  13. Flores was right! In 2012, Allen took over the Raiders who were 8-8 under Hue Jackson and in the next 2+ years drove the team into the ground going 8-36 until the Raiders finally fired him. Was Allen really the best the Saints could find?

  14. I like the hire. Not only because I think he’s a good coach but also hopefully it’ll maintain consistency. Especially with it looking like they’ll be adding RB to their other list of needs.

  15. As a Raiders fan we had plenty of horrible hires Bugel,Shell the second time and Kiffin but Dennis Allen along with Kiffin were the worst hires. Hue won 8 games his only season DA only managed to win 8 in 2+ seasons lol….

  16. From 1991 until 1995, Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. During his tenure in Cleveland, he compiled a 36–44 record. Coaches usually do better in their 2nd stint.

  17. ghjjf says:
    February 7, 2022 at 6:32 pm
    Flores was right!
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    Flores sealed his fate when he filed his lawsuit. He’ll never work in the NFL again.

  18. Wow…all the reasonable comments…you know, the ones pointing out the lack of stability at the QB position, the lack of cap space, and Allen’s losing record as a HC in a similarly challenging situation…yeah those comments…they’re the ones getting the thumbs downs.

    Gonna be a bumpy ride, Saints fans. Being in denial will only make it bumpier. The truth will set you free.

  19. This won’t end well. Did some of the people saying good hire actually watch him coach? He’s a defensive coordinator. So is Fangio. Nothing wrong with that if you’re not HC material.

  20. SSS Legend says:
    February 7, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    From 1991 until 1995, Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. During his tenure in Cleveland, he compiled a 36–44 record. Coaches usually do better in their 2nd stint.

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    Those aren’t equivalents. Allen would have had to go on a 28-16 run to equal that record. I don’t think anyone would have predicted he would do that. Now he’s facing cap hell, no QB, and his two most talented offensive skill players are an unhappy WR and an a RB facing a felony. He’s more likely to do what Hue Jackson did in his second stint than he is to rival the career of perhaps the greatest coach of all time.

  21. From 1991 until 1995, Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. During his tenure in Cleveland, he compiled a 36–44 record. Coaches usually do better in their 2nd stint.
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    Or when the GOAT falls into their lap as a 6th round pick.

  22. That’s a great hire/promotion. DA had that defense rolling. Good for continuity as well.

    Shame what Kamara did (as he seemed like a good dude). He should be suspended for at least 1 year.

    Saints will have a down year or 2, but Loomis drafts very well and should have them back in the NFC South race soon enough.

  23. 1991 to 1995 Belichick was the head coach of the Browns. He had a 36–44 record and 1994 was his only winning year with the team.

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