Dennis Allen (American football)
|Team||New Orleans Saints|
|Date of birth||September 22, 1972|
|Place of birth||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season||8–28 (.222)|
|Career record||8–28 (.222)|
|Coaching stats||Pro Football Reference|
|Team(s) as a player|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
Dennis J. Allen (born September 22, 1972) is an American football coach, who currently is currently a defensive assistant of the New Orleans Saints. He previously served as the Oakland Raiders head coach but was fired after an 0-4 start to the 2014 NFL season.
Allen also previously coached for the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, University of Tulsa and his alma mater, Texas A&M University. His father Grady Allen was also a standout linebacker for the Aggies and later in the NFL for the Falcons. Dennis and his wife, Alisson, have a son, Garrison, and a daughter, Layla.
In 2009 in New Orleans, the Saints ranked 3rd in interceptions despite giving up 321 yards per game. Allen's Broncos were in the bottom half of yards allowed, ranked 23rd, but were 5th in the league in sacks.
On September 29, 2014, Allen was fired as the Raiders head coach. Retracted reports from a day earlier led to media speculation, but the decision was not final until the day after.
Early life and playing career
Born in Atlanta, Allen grew up in Hurst, Texas near Fort Worth and graduated from L. D. Bell High School. Allen attended Texas A&M University and played as a safety on R. C. Slocum's "Wrecking Crew" defense. Allen made an interception in the fourth quarter that secured an 18-9 win for Texas A&M over rival Texas. In the 1994 and 1995 seasons, Allen started the final 21 games of his collegiate career and was part of a defensive unit that ranked in the top five in the nation. Allen earned a B.B.A. in management from the Texas A&M School of Business Management in 1995. In 1996, Allen signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent but was cut during training camp.
Allen began his coaching career at his alma mater Texas A&M, as a graduate assistant coach under his former coach R. C. Slocum. Holding that position from 1996 to 1999, Allen worked mostly with the secondary while pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology from the Texas A&M College of Education. He completed his degree in 1998. From 2000 to 2001, Allen coached the secondary at Tulsa.
National Football League
He was a defensive assistant coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 2002 to 2005 and with the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2010 before being promoted to defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos for the 2011 season.
On January 24, 2012, Oakland Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie hired Allen as the team's 18th head coach. He is the first Raiders defense-oriented head coach since John Madden's retirement after the 1978 season, since the team's longtime former owner Al Davis (until his death during the 2011 season) preferred offensive-minded head coaches.
In his first season as head coach, the Raiders struggled as they finished the 2012 season with a record of 4–12. That offseason, the Raiders were facing salary cap problems and the team traded away most of their draft picks prior to Allen's arrival, which did not allow Allen to establish his system with the right players. In 2013, mid-season he decided to bench quarterback Terrelle Pryor who was injured for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin in hopes of saving the season even after Pryor was healthy to play.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|OAK||2012||4||12||0||.250||3rd in AFC West||-||-||-||-|
|OAK||2013||4||12||0||.250||4th in AFC West||-||-||-||-|
NFL head coaches under whom Dennis Allen has served:
- Dan Reeves, Atlanta Falcons (2002–2003)
- Wade Phillips, Atlanta Falcons (2003) (interim head coach)
- Jim L. Mora, Atlanta Falcons (2004–2005)
- Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints (2006–2010)(2014-Present)
- John Fox, Denver Broncos (2011)
- Stats NFL.com
-  Statistics NFL.com
- Tafur, Vic (March 27, 2012). "Dennis Allen Q and A". Silver and Black. SFGate.com. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
- Williams, Charean (November 27, 2013). "Growing up in Hurst, Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen knew his calling". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
- "Dennis Allen". Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- Smith, Michael David (December 14, 2013). "Despite benching, Terrelle Pryor doesn’t feel like a failure". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- Rosenthal, Gregg (September 30, 2014). "Raiders fire Dennis Allen after two-plus seasons". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- Dennis Allen Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com
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