The Oakland Raiders are set to announce Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their next head coach. According to league sources the Raiders and Allen spent much of Tuesday discussing contract details.
From the moment new general manager, Reggie McKenzie, took over he vowed to put his mark on the team and make it his own. Shortly after his hiring, McKenzie fired Hue Jackson who went 8-8 in his first season and finished in a tie for first place in the division.
Fans may not recognize the name of Dennis Allen, but he comes highly respected around the league. The St Louis Rams’ head coaching job was said to be his, had Jeff Fisher not accepted the position. In only one season in Denver, Allen improved the defense dramatically. The Broncos increased their sack totals from 23 in 2010, to 41 in 2011. Oakland struggled on defense this year allowing franchise highs in touchdown passes allowed, yards per carry, yards passing and total yards.
The struggles on the defensive side for the Raiders made it more imperative that they addressed the defense. Dennis Allen will be the first head coach coming from a defensive background since 1969, when Al Davis hired John Madden.
The Broncos were bracing to lose both coordinators this offseason, as offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was rumored to be a head coaching candidate for a few job openings as well. At this point, it appears McCoy will still be part of the Broncos’ staff next year. Denver will have to look for their seventh defensive coordinator in the last seven seasons.
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