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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First on the docket is the latest news the NBA lockout. I don’t want to bore you with all of the non issues until something really breaks however for the first time since the lockout began the NBA owners and players will meet for a 3rd consecutive day. Sources tell us that in today’s meetings there was some movement by both players and owners on the BRI (Revenue Split). Per Cohen’s request (the mediator) both sides are remaining mum on what movement exactly there was. At this point it is not hopeful of any agreement being reached anytime soon however there are positive signs. It would be tough even for the NBA to meet for 24.5 hours in the last two days and not be any closer to a deal. We will keep you up to date on the latest NBA lockout news.
Although the trade went down yesterday, I would still like to mention a few things in regards to it. As many of you know the Cincinnati Bengals traded semi-retired quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders in exchange for a 2012 First Round draft pick and a conditional draft pick. Let’s clear up exactly what the conditional pick is. As it stands right now the trade was for a first and a second round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, if the Oakland Raiders win at least one post season game this year the second round pick will turn into a 2013 First Round pick. Cincinnati got more than anyone could have ever imagined for Carson Palmer. Going into the season the Bengals said they would not trade Palmer and he said he would rather retire than play for the Bengals again. The Bengals held all of the cards in this situation and with the surprisingly impressive play of Andy Dalton there was an opportunity to get something for Palmer. With the injury of the Raiders’ Jason Campbell the Raiders were in dire need of a QB. There was talk of trading for the Broncos’ Kyle Orton. However, in what seems to be a tribute to the late Al Davis the Raiders traded the farm away for Palmer, a QB who threw 20 interceptions last year. Don’t get me wrong, Palmer will be a good fit in Oakland, but what is next? When the season is over they will have: Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell, and Tyrell Pryor (whom they spent a 3rd round pick on). Assuming they will put Pryor at the WR position, they will have to make a choice between Palmer and Campbell and after spending to high picks on Palmer, he will most likely be the starting QB in 2012. Jason Campbell is younger and has more upside at this point in their careers. Palmer will fit in well with the Raiders but a QB like Kyle Orton would have served a decent fill gap until Campbell is fully healthy and the Raiders would have been able to keep their draft picks. For the 2012 NFL Draft the Raiders only have a 5th and 6th round pick. What team do you think made out better in the trade? Tell us your thoughts.
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