The Oakland Raiders have hired Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who becomes the National Football League’s youngest current head coach.
The 39-year-old Allen replaces Hue Jackson, who went 8-8 in his only season before being fired earlier this month by new general manager Reggie McKenzie.
The Raiders said on their website today that Allen will be introduced on Jan. 30.
The Raiders haven’t made the playoffs since losing the Super Bowl after the 2002 season, and owner Mark Davis this offseason has begun reshaping the franchise since the October death of his father, Al Davis. McKenzie, the first person to hold the Raiders’ general manager role since Bruce Allen left the organization after the 2003 season, said the team needed to “start anew” when he dismissed Jackson.
Dennis Allen will become the Raiders’ first defensive-oriented head coach since John Madden was hired before the 1969 season, NFL.com said. Madden, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was the Raiders’ coach from 1969-78, compiling a 103-32-7 record and winning a Super Bowl title after the 1976 season.
The Raiders ranked 29th out of 32 NFL teams last season in points and yards allowed. They lost four of their final five games to miss the playoffs after a 7-4 start.
Allen is the team’s seventh head coach since 2002, following Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner and Bill Callahan. In his first season as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator, Allen helped Denver rank 20th in yards allowed in winning a division title last season after the team finished with the NFL’s worst defense in 2010.
Before joining the Broncos, Allen was an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.