Dennis Allen is Oakland's man

January, 24, 2012
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The post-Al Davis Oakland Raiders will be a McKenzie-Allen show.

Three weeks after he was hired to run the Raiders and two weeks after he fired coach Hue Jackson, new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie hired Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to be the team’s head coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Allen has just one year of coordinator experience. At 39, he is the youngest head coach in the NFL and he is the Raider’s first defensive-minded coach since John Madden. The hiring puts pressure on Denver, which saw its defense improve immensely under Allen. The Broncos will be looking for their seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons. I had some thoughts on an Allen-Oakland paring earlier Tuesday.

I will be back with much more on this story.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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