Dennis Allen (American football)

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Dennis Allen
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Oakland Raiders
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-09-22) September 22, 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
College Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Regular season 8–24 (.250)
Postseason 0–0 (–)
Career record 8–24 (.250)
Stats
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a player
1996* Buffalo Bills
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1996–1999

2000–2001

2002–2005

2006–2007

2008–2010

2011

2012–current
Texas A&M University
(Graduate Assistant)
University of Tulsa
(Secondary)
Atlanta Falcons
(Defensive Assistant/Quality Control)
New Orleans Saints
(Asst. Defensive Line)
New Orleans Saints
(Secondary)
Denver Broncos
(Defensive Coordinator)
Oakland Raiders
(Head Coach)

Dennis J. Allen (born September 22, 1972) is an American football head coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL).

Allen 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.[1]

Allen is known for his aggressive "bend but don't break" defensive play calling that gives up a lot of yards, but also forces many sacks and turnovers. In 2009 in New Orleans, the Saints ranked 3rd in interceptions despite giving up 321 yards per game.[2] Allen's Broncos were in the bottom half of yards allowed, ranked 23rd, but were 5th in the league in sacks.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Atlanta, Allen grew up in Hurst, Texas near Dallas and graduated from L. D. Bell High School.[4][5][6]

Coaching career[edit]

College[edit]

Allen began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a graduate assistant coach under his old coach R. C. Slocum for four seasons (1996–1999), working primarily with the secondary.

National Football League[edit]

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.[7]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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 Terrell 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[edit]

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 - - - -
Oak Total 8 24 0 .250 -
Total[8] 8 24 0 .250 -

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Dennis Allen has served:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Martindale
Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator
2011
Succeeded by
Jack Del Rio