Oakland Raiders hire Dennis Allen

It's official: The Oakland Raiders hire Dennis Allen as new head coach

1/24/12 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

The deal that was being finalized earlier is now done. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Oakland Raiders will hire Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach.

Allen replaces Hue Jackson, who was surprisingly fired earlier in the month after an 8-8 season.

Allen was only Denver's defensive coordinator for a year, but he did help lead the team to the playoffs. As the season progressed his defense improved, helping the team to the divisional title, despite inconsistent play from the offense. Previously, Allen was a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

In hiring Allen, the Raiders are bringing on their first defensive-minded head coach since before the late Al Davis owned the team. John Madden was the last defensive coach to take over in Oakland back in the 60s. 

Hiring the 39-year-old Allen is a coup for Oakland, as they are pulling a strong young coordinator away from one of their prime division rivals. 

The Raiders were also rumored to be interested in former Minnesota Vikings' coach Mike Tice and former Detroit Lions' coach Marty Mohrninweg before settling on Allen. 

No word yet on how the Broncos plan to replace Allen. 
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