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Dennis Allen Out To Prove Himself


I think it is safe to say that the man who feels the most pressure to win in Oakland for sure is head coach Dennis Allen, and he should! Dennis Allen took over a Oakland Raiders team who was coming off a 8-8 season and was one game out of a playoff spot. The Raiders went from 8-8 to 4-12 in Dennis Allen’s first season. But many, including myself do not believe the Raiders in 2012 was a reflection on the coaching of Dennis Allen. The Raiders defensively did improve from 2011 to 2012 under the leadership of Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. In 2011 the Raiders went from the 31 ranked defense over to 18 in 2012 with mostly the same roster. That in itself is very impressive. I do believe a huge reason for the Raiders woeful record in 2012 was Dennis Allen’s choice in a offensive coordinator, Greg Knapp who forced Darren McFadden to run the zone blocking scheme which seemed to be an impossible task. It was almost like somebody dared Greg Knapp to take the NFL’s greatest rushing attack and make it the worst in the NFL in just one season, Greg Knapp won the dare. But now Allen has hired Greg Olson who spent last season in Jacksonville and has been the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for many seasons. Olson is installing a power blocking scheme and McFadden is looking fantastic yet again in camp. So it looks like the Raiders offensive will be back to their ways of 2010 and 2011 when they were one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL.

Now back to Dennis Allen, Allen is under pressure to not only win but bring the Raiders back to the playoffs because Raiders owner Mark Davis seems to be weighing other options. My question is: How do you generally feel about Dennis Allen as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders? Should the Raiders fire him if the Raiders miss the playoffs in 2013?

I really have mixed feelings on Dennis Allen, I think the man is very smart and loves football and I like having him as a head coach but I do not feel he is ready to be a head coach. On the other hand, I do not want the Raiders to go through firing a head coach again and having to hire another head coach and possibly hiring the wrong guy.

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One Response to “Dennis Allen Out To Prove Himself”

  1. John LoRe, PhD says:

    I like Dennis Allen a lot. He is a good fit for this organization at this time. We are obviously rebuilding, and a clear headed, humble coach, surrounded by veteran advisors, looks like a winning formula over time. The expectation to outperform the win totals for the previous year(s) is unrealistic. How soon we forget that this team has been gutted, and only the blue chip players and performers (and those we could afford to keep) remain. We ALL called for Knapp’s head because he was actually hurting us. But to call for Allen’s head any time soon would be a big mistake. I hope that we can learn to see the big picture in sports some day, and realize that a QB doesn’t win games, the team does. A head coach is also part of a larger organization, and if we look at two poor years in terms of won-loss, we will lose sight of the organizations plan. You don’t hear anybody asking for Reggie McKenzie’s head. We all think he is doing a great job! Let give Dennis at least a couple more years. Let’s give him a chance to coach the team once we have a realistic chance to compete at the highest level.

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