It is official – former Denver Broncos Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the new Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders.
Having seen the vast improvement that Allen made with their division rivals this past season, the Raiders have swooped in to claim the prized coach away from Denver in a move that is sure to send ripples through the Broncos organization.
With this latest hire, it can now be generally accepted that Denver will be losing both their top coordinators to other teams. Mike McCoy, despite missing out on the job as Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins, is also expected to be moving on.
Dennis Allen has seen a quick promotion through the ranks of the NFL since joining the Atlanta Falcons in 2002. In his career, he had never been higher than a defensive assistant until 2008 when he was hired as the Secondary coach by the New Orleans Saints.
In his three years in that role he has been credited with coaching his players well to the point whereby then Defensive Co-Ordinator Gregg Williams was able to effectively use his preferred multiple blitz defensive strategy that relies so heavily on having solid play from defensive backs.
As the new Raiders Head Coach, expect Allen to be aggressive in style as this has always been his preference as a defensive coach. He is the first defensively minded Head Coach to be hired by the Raiders since the late Al Davis promoted John Madden from Linebackers Coach in 1969.