The Oakland Raiders have hired Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the team's new head coach, according to reports from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. This move comes at the end of a day that had Allen called the "leading candidate" for the position before later reports mentioned that he was one of three finalists, one being a mystery candidate. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had told reporters at the Senior Bowl that Allen could wind up receiving the job after his second interview on Tuesday night.
This hire ends just a couple of weeks after McKenzie fired head coach Hue Jackson as his first act as the new general manager. Jackson coached just one year for the Raiders, finished 8-8 and missed out on the playoffs.
With Allen's departure from Denver, the Broncos will now have its seventh defensive coordinator in seven years. A year ago, Allen was the New Orleans Saints' defensive backs coach before John Fox tabbed him to be defensive coordinator with no experience at the role. Allen turned around a Broncos defense that was last in the league in 2010, largely in part due to a better pass rush. That took place with rookie linebacker Von Miller's 11.5 sacks and Elvis Dumervil's 9.5 sacks.
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