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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:00PM - 4:00PM PDT Meet Greg Townsend Meet Raiders Legend Greg Townsend at The Raider Image at Fashion Fair in Fresno on Saturday, April 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 4:00PM - 8:00PM PDT Meet Rod Martin Meet Raiders Legend Rod Martin at The Raider Image at Univeral CityWalk on Saturday, April 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Mon., Apr. 21, 2014 8:00AM PDT Off-Season Workout Program The Raiders 2014 off-season strength and conditioning program will begin April 21 as the team convenes for training at the Raiders Alameda, Calif., facility.
  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 10:00AM - 4:00PM PDT Stockton Asparagus Festival RAIDER NATION ON LOCATION will be on hand April 26 and 27. The City of Stockton will host its 2014 Stockton Asparagus Festival April 25-27. 
  • Sun., Apr. 27, 2014 10:00AM - 4:00PM PDT Stockton Asparagus Festival RAIDER NATION ON LOCATION will be on hand April 26 and 27. The City of Stockton will host its 2014 Stockton Asparagus Festival April 25-27. 
  • Mon., Apr. 28, 2014 8:00AM PDT Biletnikoff Hall of Fame Golf Classic Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff and the Oakland Raiders will host the 10th Annual Hall of Fame Golf Classic in memory of Fred's daughter Tracey to support many causes throughout Northern California. The golf tournament is set for Monday, April 28, 2014, and will be held at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif.

Coaches

Dennis Allen
Head Coach

Dennis Allen enters his third season as Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders, having been named to the post on Jan. 30, 2012. The 18th Head Coach in franchise history, Allen has employed a steady, consistent approach while laying a strong foundation for success during his first two years in Oakland.

Dennis Allen enters his third season as Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders, having been named to the post on Jan. 30, 2012. The 18th Head Coach in franchise history, Allen has employed a steady, consistent approach while laying a strong foundation for success during his first two years in Oakland.

Already regarded as one of football’s brightest defensive minds at the age of 41, Allen is the NFL’s youngest head coach, more than five months younger than the league’s next-youngest coach, San Diego’s Mike McCoy. Through two seasons, Allen has demonstrated a commitment to fielding a tough, smart and disciplined football team that exemplifies his coaching philosophy of competition and dedication to the game.

Allen’s squad made marked improvements in all three phases of the game during his second season as head coach. On offense, the Raiders ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing with an average of 125 yards per game, moving up 16 spots in the NFL rankings from 2012. In addition, the Silver and Black ranked sixth in yards per rush (4.6), improving 21 places in the NFL rankings despite starting a league-high eight different offensive line combinations due to injury.

Oakland’s defense replaced nine starters last season, yet still improved in several categories. The defensive unit recorded 38 sacks, 13 more than the previous campaign, and tied for second in the NFL with 15 different players getting to the quarterback for losses. The group also limited opposing offenses to just five runs of 20 or more yards, tied for least in the league, and kept an opponent to less than two yards per carry on three different occasions during the season.

The Raiders also improved greatly on special teams, as the unit moved from the NFL’s bottom-third to first overall in opponent gross punting (41.7), third in opponent net punting (37.0) and fourth in opponent kickoff returns (20.4). 

In 2012, his first year as a head coach at any level, Allen guided an Oakland team in transition, posting a 4-12 mark. The 2012 Raiders were defined by offensive, defensive and special teams units that improved throughout the season, laying a foundation for future success.

Allen’s coaching tenets of competition and discipline were evidenced in several statistical improvements, not the least of which was a reduction in penalties to just 108 from a franchise-record total of 163 the previous season. That first season also saw numerous individual achievements among his charges, as Carson Palmer became just the second Raider quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season (4,018) and fullback Marcel Reece earned his first career Pro Bowl selection.   

With 18 years of combined coaching experience at the college and professional levels, Allen now enters his 13th NFL season. On six occasions during his 10 years as an NFL assistant, his team earned a playoff berth: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Four of those trips came after division championships: The NFC South with Atlanta in 2004, New Orleans in both 2006 and 2009, and the AFC West with Denver in 2011.

Allen’s résumé includes a championship in Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 season, earned as a member of the Saints’ coaching staff with a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts and that year’s league MVP Peyton Manning.

The NFL’s second-youngest defensive coordinator when the Broncos hired him in 2011, he coordinated a defense that helped Denver claim the AFC West division crown and post a victory in an AFC Wild Card game. During his only year in Denver, despite starting three rookies most of the season, the Broncos improved 12 spots over 2010 in overall defensive ranking (from 32nd to 20th) and bettered their points allowed by eight spots (from 32nd to 24th).

Allen’s defense produced four Pro Bowl selections as rookie Von Miller joined Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins and Elvis Dumervil on the AFC squad. Miller tied the team’s rookie record with 11½ sacks en route to NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, and Dumervil also flourished under Allen, rebounding from injury to register 9½ sacks. The Broncos’ 41 sacks as a team marked the unit’s most since 2000.

Prior to joining the Broncos, Allen was an assistant coach for five seasons with New Orleans, first as assistant defensive line coach (2006-07), then as defensive backs coach (2008-10).

Under Allen’s direction in 2010, the Saints’ secondary allowed an NFL-low 13 touchdown passes while ranking fourth in the NFL in net passing yards allowed per game (193.9).

In 2009, Allen tutored a secondary that played a key role in helping the Saints to their first Super Bowl victory. His unit accounted for an NFL-high six interception returns for touchdowns and totaled 22 picks on the season. Cornerback Tracy Porter, who later played for Allen in Oakland in 2013, sealed the Saints’ Super Bowl title by returning a Manning interception 74 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of the season’s penultimate contest. He also coached safeties Roman Harper and Darren Sharper, who in 2009 became the first pair of defensive backs in Saints franchise history to make the Pro Bowl in the same season.       

In 2008, his first year as secondary coach, Allen helped the Saints overcome season-ending injuries to both starting cornerbacks and contributed to a defense that held five opponents under 200 yards passing. Three of the team’s top-seven tacklers were defensive backs, with Harper and cornerback Randall Gay posting career-high marks for stops.

Allen assisted in tutoring the Saints’ defensive line from 2006-07, helping defensive end Will Smith earn a Pro Bowl selection in 2006 after posting 10½ sacks and forcing three fumbles. He assisted in directing a defensive front that combined for 48 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries during that stretch.

He originally entered the NFL coaching ranks under Head Coach Dan Reeves with Atlanta in 2002, and spent four seasons with the Falcons as a defensive assistant. During his stint in Atlanta, the Falcons qualified for the playoffs twice — as a wild card entrant in 2002 and as NFC South champions in 2004 — and played in the NFC Championship in 2004.        

Allen assisted with the defensive line on Head Coach Jim Mora’s staff from 2004-05. In 2004, he helped the Falcons lead the NFL in sacks for the first time in franchise history with 48, and he also helped produce a pair of Pro Bowl selections in Patrick Kerney (2004) and Rod Coleman (2005) over his final two seasons in Atlanta.

Allen spent his first two years with the Falcons working primarily with the defensive backs. In 2002, he aided that unit in improving from 30th in the league against the pass to 16th, while tying for third in the NFL with 24 interceptions.

Allen kicked off his football coaching career in 1996 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Texas A&M, where he worked with defensive backs for four seasons before coaching the secondary at the University of Tulsa from 2000-01.    

As a player, he earned four letters at Texas A&M, starting the final 21 games of his career and totaling eight interceptions on the program’s famed “Wrecking Crew” defense. As a senior, Allen earned honorable mention All-Southwest Conference honors and was tabbed for second team All-SWC recognition by the Associated Press after totaling four interceptions as a junior. His crucial fourth-quarter interception clinched an 18-9 victory over arch-rival Texas in 1993, sending the Aggies to their third-straight Cotton Bowl.         

A highly-recruited defensive back at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, Allen was named Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and was a member of the Dallas Morning News and Houston Post Top-100 as a prep standout.            

Born in Atlanta on Sept. 22, 1972, Allen was in training camp with the Buffalo Bills after signing as an undrafted free agent in 1996.          

His father, Grady, played at Texas A&M and in the NFL as a linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons from 1968-72.      

Allen and his wife, Alisson, have a son, Garrison, and a daughter, Layla.

COACHING BACKGROUND

Years College/Pro Team Position Coached
1996-99 Texas A&M University  Graduate Assistant
2000-01 University of Tulsa Secondary
2002-05 Atlanta Falcons Defensive Assistant/Quality Control
2006-07 New Orleans Saints Assistant Defensive Line
2008-10 New Orleans Saints Secondary
2011 Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator
2012-present Oakland Raiders Head Coach

Recent Videos

  • Coach Allen on NFL AM

    (00:03:40:13) By NFL.com - Posted Mar 24, 2014

    Head Coach Dennis Allen talks about why the team decided to acquire quarterback Matt Schaub and also explains if the team will take a quarterback with their fifth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  • Coach Allen on SiriusXM

    Posted Feb 23, 2014

    Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen stopped by the NFL Combine's radio row for a visit with SiriusXM NFL Ch. 88.

  • Coach Allen Talks Combine

    Posted Feb 20, 2014

    Head Coach Dennis Allen catches up with Silver and Black Productions during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

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