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Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (43) / 9/22/1972

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Saints promoted defensive assistant Dennis Allen to defensive coordinator.
He's replacing Rob Ryan, who was fired on Monday. Allen failed miserably as the Raiders' head coach from 2012 through part of 2014 before getting canned, but had previously been a sharp defensive mind as the Broncos' defensive coordinator. Before coaching the Broncos' defense, Allen was a defensive assistant for the Saint from 2006-2010. He has a lot of work ahead of him. Nov 16 - 7:42 PM

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Saints hired ex-Raiders coach Dennis Allen as a defensive assistant.

Just a few days ago, Allen was thought to be the favorite for the Bears' defensive coordinator gig. Instead, he takes a background role in New Orleans, where he'll help out DC Rob Ryan. It's a homecoming for Allen, who was a defensive line and secondary coach for the Saints from 2006-10. If Ryan can't get the Saints' No. 31 defense turned around, Allen could replace him.
Jan 20 - 8:31 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "continues to hear" that ex-Raiders coach Dennis Allen is the favorite for the Bears' defensive-coordinator job.

Allen interviewed for the Giants defensive-coordinator vacancy earlier this week, but was passed over for Steve Spagnuolo. He's also been linked to the 49ers' DC job. Allen has ties to GM Ryan Pace and served as John Fox's defensive coordinator in 2011 with Denver. He joins ex-49ers DC Vic Fangio as the leading candidates to replace Mel Tucker.
Jan 16 - 8:45 PM

Ex-Raiders coach Dennis Allen is interviewing for the Giants' defensive-coordinator vacancy on Tuesday.

It's Allen's first-known interview of coaching-carousel season. He'd have to beat out Steve Spagnuolo in New York, who has already coordinated the Giants' defense, and is reportedly the frontrunner to replace Perry Fewell. It wouldn't be surprising if Allen ultimately had to settle for a position-coach job before trying to reascend to the coordinator ranks in 2016.
Jan 13 - 2:57 PM

Ex-Raiders HC Dennis Allen is "eyeing a return" to the NFL as a defensive coordinator.

At very least, Allen should land a defensive backs coach job somewhere. He spent just one season as a defensive coordinator -- in 2011 with Denver -- before failing as the Raiders' head coach 2012-2014. Allen spent 2006-2010 on the Saints' staff and could be an option when/if New Orleans fires DC Rob Ryan.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen.

This comes from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, so we know it's legit this time after the Associated Press reported on Twitter late Sunday night that Allen was out, only to delete the tweet later. Allen isn't the main problem in Oakland, but he's the first one to take the fall. Others should be coming, and hopefully for the Raiders fans' sake it'll be GM Reggie McKenzie next. McKenzie went out and signed a plethora of over-the-hill washed-up veterans, and basically said, "Here ya go, Dennis. Good luck." Allen should take his fair share of blame, though. He's a defensive mind, and the Oakland defense flat-out stinks. Allen had an 8-28 career record.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 11:34:00 PM

Updating an earlier item, the Associated Press' Terry Collins has deleted his report that the Raiders are firing coach Dennis Allen.

The wording of Mr. Collins' tweet was bizarre, but we went forward since he was a reporter for the Associated Press. There is still a strong chance Allen is fired during the Raiders' Week 5 bye, but it has not happened yet. The Raiders don't depart London until Monday morning. It's unlikely any decisions will be finalized before they arrive back in Oakland.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 10:21:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen passed along word on NFL Insiders Monday that there is already talk amongst NFL people that Raiders coach Dennis Allen's job could be in danger.

"I know a lot of people around the league are talking about it," said Mort. Allen is the least of the Raiders' problems, in our opinion, but every loser loves a scapegoat. Once again, the Raiders cobbled together the worst roster in the league, and once again they are atrociously bad. A full-house cleaning is desperately needed in Oakland. It was needed before the 2014 offseason began.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 04:03:00 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez expects the team to use more odd-man fronts on defense this season.

Meaning, more three- and five-man fronts. Oakland is deep at linebacker, including rookie Khalil Mack, second-year pro Sio Moore, and veterans Nick Roach, Kevin Burnett, and Miles Burris. LaMarr Woodley, a 3-4 OLB his entire career, was signed in the offseason. The Raiders could field a front of LE Justin Tuck, NT Pat Sims, RE Antonio Smith, OLBs Mack and Woodley, and ILBs Roach and Moore on certain passing downs. They have an interesting pass-rush corps.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 07:04:00 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis confirms Dennis Allen will be back as the team's coach in 2014.

"We met (Tuesday) evening at the Raider facility, and the meeting went really well," Davis told ESPN. "We talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season. ... We're ready to rock and roll." It's unclear how much, if any, danger Allen's job was actually in, but he's getting a deserved third season at the helm in Oakland. GM Reggie McKenzie's roster, and not Allen's coaching, was the problem in 2013. Neither McKenzie nor Allen is going to have much rope in 2014.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 02:48:00 AM

Updating an earlier item, CSN Bay Area reports Raiders coach Dennis Allen is still meeting with team owner Mark Davis.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that six of Allen's assistants had accepted one-year extensions, but CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports deals were "drawn up," but not "fully executed." Meanwhile, Davis himself denied to the Contra Costa Times that there's been any meeting thus far. Perhaps Allen isn't out of the woods yet, after all. The situation is unfolding in typically chaotic Raiders fashion.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 10:21:00 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports "at least" six Raiders assistants accepted one-year extensions Tuesday.

In other words, it appears Raiders coach Dennis Allen emerged from Tuesday's marathon meeting with the team's brain trust with his job still intact. A source tells Gutierrez that Allen is "probably" safe. Oakland has had issues shedding its dysfunctional ways since the October 2011 death of longtime owner Al Davis, but it would be stunning if Allen were cut loose following Tuesday's developments.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 09:40:00 PM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen's status remains up in the air.

Allen had a marathon meeting with the Raiders' brain trust on Tuesday, but declined comment to the assembled media upon his departure. As tight lipped as any coach in the league, we wouldn't expect Allen to tip his hand before his status is settled. Firing Allen would be foolish for a team that overachieved for much of 2013, but owner Mark Davis appears to have some of his father's trademark impatience.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 08:48:00 PM

A league source tells ESPN "the only people firing (Raiders coach) Dennis Allen right now are the media."

Owner Mark Davis strongly hinted Monday that Allen will be back in 2014, but the sides don't plan to have a formal meeting until next Tuesday. As was the case with Davis' father, there's always the chance that something could go haywire. Nevertheless, we'd expect Allen to get another chance to dig the Raiders out of their decade-plus hole.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis "gave every indication" that coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie will return in 2014.

McKenzie is reportedly "on even firmer ground" than Allen. Davis threw lukewarm support behind Allen by saying, "My main thought is that Dennis has a contract that he signed two years ago. He’s fulfilled two years of it and Reggie and I will sit down and talk, but yeah he’s the Raiders head coach right now." Davis met with McKenzie on Monday and plans to sit down with Allen next week. Allen received indications that he's safe, but you never really know with Davis.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 09:45:00 PM

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