The Oakland Raiders have not hired a defensive minded head coach since John Madden (1969-1978). It looks like that could all change because the Raiders consider Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen the leading candidate for the job.
Other Raiders head coaching candidates, includingPhiladelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, already have been informed that Oakland has found its man and they are no longer under consideration, according to sources.
Allen is meeting Tuesday with Raiders officials to see whether the two sides can take the final steps they need to come to an agreement. – Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen (ESPN)
Losing Allen to the Raiders would be a huge hit to Broncos Country for so many reasons. Allen was the sixth defensive coordinator in six years for the Broncos, and he turned a lethargic defense into one of the most aggressive in the league. It’s clear that Allen is ready to move into the head coaching ranks, but to move on to divisional rival Oakland is spikes in the nail bed.