Dennis Allen (American football)

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Dennis Allen
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen in 2014.jpg
Allen in 2014 as Raiders head coach.
New Orleans Saints
Position: Senior defensive assistant
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-09-22) September 22, 1972 (age 43)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
High school: Hurst (TX) Bell
College: Texas A&M
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

Head coaching record
Regular season: 8–28 (.222)
Postseason: 0–0 (–)
Career record: 8–28 (.222)
Coaching stats at

Dennis J. Allen (born September 22, 1972) is an American football coach, who currently is currently a defensive assistant of the New Orleans Saints.[1] 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.

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[edit]

Born in Atlanta, Allen grew up in Hurst, Texas near Fort Worth and graduated from L. D. Bell High School.[2][3][4] 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.[4] Allen earned a B.B.A. in management from the Texas A&M School of Business Management in 1995.[5] In 1996, Allen signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent but was cut during training camp.[4]

Coaching career[edit]


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.[5] From 2000 to 2001, Allen coached the secondary at Tulsa.[5]

National Football League[edit]

With the Atlanta Falcons, Allen was a defensive quality control coach from 2002 to 2003 then defensive assistant from 2004 to 2005.[6] 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.[7] After his success with the Saint's 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.[8][9][10]

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 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.[11]

On September 29, 2014, following a 38–14 loss to the Miami Dolphins and beginning the 2014 NFL season with 4 straight losses, Allen was fired.[12]

Personal life[edit]

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.[13]

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 2014 0 4 0 - - - Fired midseason
Oak Total 8 28 0 .222 -
Total[14] 8 28 0 .222 -

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Dennis Allen has served:


  1. ^ "Dennis Allen joins Saints’ staff - ProFootballTalk". 
  2. ^ "Dennis Allen". 
  3. ^ Tafur, Vic (March 27, 2012). "Dennis Allen Q and A". Silver and Black. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c 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. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dennis Allen". Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dennis Allen". Atlanta Falcons. Archived from the original on December 26, 2005. 
  7. ^ "NFL Stats: by Team Category". 
  8. ^ "NFL Stats: by Team Category". 
  9. ^ "Dennis Allen" (PDF). 2014 Oakland Raiders Media Guide. Oakland Raiders. 2014. pp. 12–13. 
  10. ^ Fox Sports. "NFL". FOX Sports. 
  11. ^ Smith, Michael David (December 14, 2013). "Despite benching, Terrelle Pryor doesn’t feel like a failure". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (September 30, 2014). "Raiders fire Dennis Allen after two-plus seasons". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Football Operations". 
  14. ^ "Dennis Allen". 

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