The Oakland Raiders agreed to employ Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their subsequent coach, league sources mentioned Tuesday night.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier Tuesday that the Raiders had been close to finalizing a deal with Allen, who now becomes the NFL’s youngest head coach at 39 years and 124 days old.
New Raiders common manager Reggie McKenzie, who’s at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area earlier in the day that he had scheduled a Tuesday night interview with Allen but hadn’t but created a final selection.
Allen will be the initial defensive-oriented Raiders coach considering that John Madden was hired ahead of the 1969 season. Oakland most likely wanted a defensive thoughts right after ranking 29th in total defense this season.
In his very first season as coordinator in Denver, Allen helped the Broncos improve from permitting an NFL-worst 29.four points and 390.8 yards per game to rank 20th in yards (357.8) and 24th in points (24.four) this season on the way to an AFC West title.
The Broncos enhanced their sacks total from 23 to 41 as they were tied for the sixth-most blitzes on pass plays in the league this season, according to STATS LLC.
Allen was the New Orleans Saints’ secondary coach (2008-10) and assistant defensive line coach (2006-07) for five seasons, and he also served on the Atlanta Falcons’ staff as a defensive assistant. He runs a four-3 scheme, which the Raiders have utilized for seven seasons.
Oakland necessary a coach following firing Hue Jackson following a single 8-8 season.
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