When new Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie decided to fire Hue Jackson, it was assumed he would replace him with someone he was familiar with from the Green Bay Packers. Instead, McKenzie found the guy he was looking for in his new division.
The Raiders agreed with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen Tuesday night to become their new head coach. He was chosen over several other candidates, including Winston Moss and Dom Capers of the Packers.
Though Allen goes against the Raiders preference for hiring offensive minded head coaches, he continues their trend of giving untested coaches a chance. The 39-year-old was in his first year as a coordinator in 2011 with the Broncos and was a quality control coach as recently as 2005.
The unit Allen ran in Denver helped to propel the Broncos to the top of the AFC West and a first-round playoff victory over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What type of team should we expect from the Raiders under Allen?
“Very intense, hard-nosed, tough. That’s the way he is. That’s what I expect his team to be,” cornerback Champ Bailey told the NFL Network in Honolulu.