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12:36 PM ET 12.04 | Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen's father passed away Monday night from heart problems but according to the Raiders Allen still plans to return to the team on Thursday to coach in the Raiders' game against the Denver Broncos. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is said to be running practice until Allen returns. Allen left Oakland earlier this week to be with his father. Allen's father, Grady, played linebacker in the NFL for five years from 1968-1972 for theAtlanta Falcons. He fell ill last week and had to be hospitalized.

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December 4, 2012  01:54 PM ET

Ya might take a look at Andy Reid, he played on after his son died, and made a bunch of mistakes. Take a break, let the other coachs pick up the slack, it's not like your in division playoff

December 4, 2012  02:10 PM ET
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Ya might take a look at Andy Reid, he played on after his son died, and made a bunch of mistakes. Take a break, let the other coachs pick up the slack, it's not like your in division playoff

Good advice. If there are family responsibilities to handle, do so and worry about the Raiders later.

December 4, 2012  02:14 PM ET

And then there was Brett Favre, who played one of the best games of his life right after his father died.

Andy Reid's situation is different. The death of his son was totally unexpected. When a parent is ill one at least has time to prepare for it.

December 4, 2012  03:46 PM ET

My condolences, Coach Allen

 
December 4, 2012  03:50 PM ET
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And then there was Brett Favre, who played one of the best games of his life right after his father died.

And that game was against the Raiders. As was Matt Cassel's game against the Raiders after his father passed a year or two later.

Maybe Allen coaching will turn the tide in the Raiders favor. They are going to need all the help they can get at this point anyway.

Condolences to Allen and his family.

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