Oakland hires Dennis Allen as its next head coach
It is a new era in Oakland.
However, some are saying the Raiders might have picked new head coach Dennis Allen too quickly.
After all, there are still some big names out there. Namely Jack Del Rio, Bill Cowher and a familiar one in Jon Gruden.
Allen was impressive in his first season with the Broncos—maybe even better than he's credited for.
Despite "Tebowmania," Allen's defense was the key to the Broncos' turnaround season.
Prior to his stint with Denver, Allen served as a defensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints and might be able to bring in notable free agents in defensive back Roman Harper and wide receiver Marques Colston.
Where will Dennis Allen Take The Oakland Raiders?
Still, the fans' choice in Oakland was former Raiders coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. Fans routinely made pleas for Gruden's return, via message boards and live chats.
In a way, the organization is bringing back the memory of "Chuckie" by hiring Allen, a 39-year-old unknown, trained under former Saints defensive guru Gregg Williams.
Predictably, some are already calling Allen a "long-shot" for success, and considering how the organization has burned through coaches over the years, his chances of leading the Raiders out of the NFL wilderness aren't good.
But then again neither was Gruden's, yet he found a way to transform an underachieving team into a Super Bowl contender.
Allen brings a solid reputation as a defensive-minded coach, something the Raiders haven't had in a head coach since John Madden was hired by Davis decades ago. So there is hope.