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It has been reported that the Raiders have come to an agreement with Dennis Allen, former Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

While with the Broncos, Allen improved their defense from dead last to 20th overall.  Of course he had a healthy Dumervil and outstanding rookie Miller to help his cause, but it is still quite an accomplishment. They also nearly doubled their sacks from the previous year.

Prior to the Broncos, he was the Saint's d-line coach and started his NFL career with the Falcons in 2002 as their defensive backfield assistant coach.  I like that he has worked with both the line and secondary prior to becoming a coordinator.  Seems he should know the inner workings of both units and his impact is justified with each teams improvement. 

While I'm sure they will hire a separate DC, his influence will be interesting.  I've read that he has a 'bend but don't break' philosophy - which is great because the Raiders had issues giving up the big plays all year long.  He's also been described as somewhat militant - which is okay too since discipline is something desparately needed.

This quote from when he was hired by the Broncos is pretty intriguing:

"We're going to be built off of speed and athleticism. We want to be a very fast, violent, aggressive type of defense. I firmly believe that defensive football is not nearly as much about X's and O's as it is about the way you play the game, the culture of your defense. I think if you look at where I've been in the past, speed and athleticism and aggressive football players is the type of thing we're looking for."

As is this quote from the Denver Post following his being hired:

"Listen, I don't believe in berating guys. Don't believe in talking down to them. We work together. They don't work for me or us as coaches. But at the end of the day, we're going to point out problems and we're going to get them corrected, because if you don't get them corrected, they're going to fester, and eventually they're going to get you beat," Allen said. "We point out of there is an issue with effort. If there is an issue with an assignment, we make sure we bring it to their attention, and make sure we get it corrected"

This is the first defensive minded coach since John Madden.  I like the correlation and I believe it's coming at the right time.  And while there will of course be the naysayers about his being relatively unknown - who cares?  Why hire a retread with an overall losing record as a coach (Mornhinweg, Tice or Capers)?  The Raiders gave Madden a shot which was laughable for most until he just won, baby...

Time will tell.  And until then, I'm excited for the future of our team.

Go Raiders!

January 24, 2012  11:18 PM ET

It wouldn't let me link the articles I took the quotes from. They are here:

Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_18875430

Inside the Raiders: http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2012/01/23/the-dennis-allen-file/

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January 24, 2012  11:23 PM ET
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Excellent blog. Extremely well-written and I found that LIHI's blend of fact and insightful opinion made for a very professional read.Oh yeah, and I loved those quotes from Allen. If I were a Raiders fan, I would be feeling pretty optimistic about this hiring.

Thanks Marlins! I'm pretty damned excited that things will finally start moving forward.

January 25, 2012  01:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thanks Marlins! I'm pretty damned excited that things will finally start moving forward.


Any Raider that doesn't get onboard with the new program is going to get put into one of Dennis Allen's "patented" master-locks.

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January 25, 2012  01:32 PM ET

LIHI -- well done. To echo Marlin Fan's comments, very well written and I like the way you were able to pull some insight that has not been seen in the major publications. I like the hire and hope he can bring some discipline to their defense next year...along with some skilled DB's which may be though given their lack of draft picks.

Too bad more people have not seen the blog

January 25, 2012  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Any Raider that doesn't get onboard with the new program is going to get put into one of Dennis Allen's "patented" master-locks.

I was thinking more along the lines of fines, but that would work too I'm sure!

January 25, 2012  03:26 PM ET
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Definitely excited the Raiders hired probably the best choice out there for our situation. Go Raiders!!!!

It fits. I like the hire a lot. And while there will be many that talk about how the Denver D wasn't especially spectacular vs the Pats and other high scoring teams, you still have to credit Allen for what he was able to do with no offseason and in only a years time.

January 25, 2012  03:28 PM ET
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LIHI -- well done. To echo Marlin Fan's comments, very well written and I like the way you were able to pull some insight that has not been seen in the major publications. I like the hire and hope he can bring some discipline to their defense next year...along with some skilled DB's which may be though given their lack of draft picks. Too bad more people have not seen the blog

Appreciated. I really, really loved those quotes. There are more from Dumervil, Miller and Champ Bailey along the same lines - the guy is supposedly really intense and when I think of the games where our D had no fire... perfect fit, IMO.

The other thing that really makes me excited is when you go to Bronco fan sites, they aren't happy about losing him. So it's kind of like a win win situation :-)

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January 26, 2012  09:41 AM ET

Excellent blog, LIHI. Very nice work.

January 26, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Talk about a hire coming out of no where. I guess until you actually get to know someone, never assume that Winston Moss (or someone else from GB) is coming to town. I respect the move from GM Mac - instead of going the retread hire which I am sooooo against. Who knows, Allen may be the next Spags or the next Schwartz. I am hoping for the latter and looking forward to a more disciplined hard hitting team. Lord knows we have the guys that fit the bill to knock in some teeth.

January 26, 2012  07:30 PM ET

Blog very well written.

Pleasure to read an intelligent blog.

January 26, 2012  11:33 PM ET

Jim - I was happy to do the research for you because at first I was kinda freaking out not knowing who this guy was!

ElevenRings - thanks for reading. And I know your team won another, but you'll always be TenRings in my mind :-)

Mongo - I appreciate the compliment! But honestly, when 99% of the blogs are ***WATCH*** TEAM ABC LIVE STREAMING, any blog with legitimate content looks pretty damn good.

January 26, 2012  11:38 PM ET
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Talk about a hire coming out of no where. I guess until you actually get to know someone, never assume that Winston Moss (or someone else from GB) is coming to town. I respect the move from GM Mac - instead of going the retread hire which I am sooooo against. Who knows, Allen may be the next Spags or the next Schwartz. I am hoping for the latter and looking forward to a more disciplined hard hitting team. Lord knows we have the guys that fit the bill to knock in some teeth.

What I like about McKenzie's choice is that he did his due diligence and went with who he felt was the best man for the job. After his presser, everyone (including myself) thought he had 'his guy'. Obviously he didn't have someone in mind specifically, but he would know when he found him. I hope he did.

I am really looking forward to a full offseason under the new regime and agree we have many good players. Imagine what the defense would be like if everyone was accountable and had the proper coaching to go out there and do their jobs. McClain and DVD come to mind here because I think both could be great if they remain focused.

January 27, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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What I like about McKenzie's choice is that he did his due diligence and went with who he felt was the best man for the job. After his presser, everyone (including myself) thought he had 'his guy'.

I fall into this situation in my own hiring needs - have my mind set on someone and it takes the right candidate to alter that direction. In Mac's case - what I took out of it was that he came off as open minded and deliberate. Two traits as a Raider nut I am not altogether familiar with......

January 27, 2012  03:32 PM ET
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I fall into this situation in my own hiring needs - have my mind set on someone and it takes the right candidate to alter that direction. In Mac's case - what I took out of it was that he came off as open minded and deliberate. Two traits as a Raider nut I am not altogether familiar with......

I agree. It's definitely a new feeling for sure!

February 1, 2012  06:52 PM ET

WOOF!

 
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