Dennis Allen (American football)
|New Orleans Saints|
|Date of birth:||September 22, 1972|
|Place of birth:||Atlanta, Georgia|
|High school:||Hurst (TX) Bell|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||8–28 (.222)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Dennis J. Allen (born September 22, 1972) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, but was fired after an 0–4 start during 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.
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
With the Atlanta Falcons, Allen was a defensive quality control coach from 2002 to 2003 then defensive assistant from 2004 to 2005. Allen then moved to the New Orleans Saints, as defensive line coach from 2006 to 2007 before being secondary coach from 2008 to 2010. The Saints won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009, in which the Saints ranked 3rd in interceptions despite giving up 321 yards per game. After his success with the Saints' secondary, he was hired to be the Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator. The Broncos defense were in the bottom half of yards allowed, ranked 23rd, but were 5th in the league in sacks in 2011.
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 had traded away most of their draft picks prior to Allen's arrival, which did not allow him to establish his system with the right players. In the middle of the 2013 season, Allen decided to bench quarterback Terrelle Pryor (who was injured) for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, in hopes of salvaging the rest of the season. Later, Pryor continued to be benched although he was healthy enough to return.
Return to New Orleans
The Saints hired Allen to be a defensive assistant on January 20, 2015. After Rob Ryan was fired on November 16, 2015, Allen was promoted to defensive coordinator. On November 29, Allen's first game as defensive coordinator, the Saints were defeated by the Houston Texans 24–6. His defense gave up 362 yards while recording one sack and one interception.
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 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)
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