Dennis Allen was only with the Denver Broncos for one season, one mind-blowing season. Still it’s bizarre to see him as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
“Guys have to be held accountable for their actions,” Allen calmly stated at a press conference during the NFL combine. “That’s always what I’ve believed in.”
That’s the type of coach that the Broncos lost. As much as I hate to say this, I’m rooting for Allen. Of course, I won’t be rooting for his team to win as much as I will be rooting for his success as a head coach.
Allen brought the Broncos defense back, employing an aggressive scheme. Visions of Orange Crush danced in our heads at times. Now, Allen must bring Oakland to another level.
“Defensively, if you look at the defensive rankings, not too different than the situation I came into last year with Denver,” Allen said. Allen admittedly will be working more on the defensive side of the ball than anything.
He described his brief stint as the Raiders head coach as “fast.”
“One of the things you find out as a head football coach is it’s difficult to put together a good staff,” Allen said. “The one thing that I wanted to make sure that we did is I didn’t want to rush into anything or hurry into anything. I think having that patience allowed us to put together a good staff.”
When asked about playing the Broncos twice next year, Allen played it cool.
“I think I’m excited about going up against everybody next year,” Allen said. “I wouldn’t single them out any differently. I obviously have a lot of respect for what they’ve done over there. John Elway, Brian Xanders, John Fox. I think they do a tremendous job. I know they’ll have the team ready to play when we go up against them. We’ll do our best to have our team ready to play going up against them.”