Living in Denver right now is a lot of fun, especially if you are an Oakland Raiders fan. The Raiders announced yesterday that Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator Dennis Allen would be taking on the role of head coach for the Silver and Black. Denver fans are not happy, and honestly, I am tickled pink!
The news came on the heels of what can only be described as a turbulent season for one of the league’s most storied franchises. Seeing the passing of owner Al Davis, season-ending injuries to multiple starters and the firing of yet another head coach has put many loyal Raiders fans in a state of desperation.
Fear not, Raider Nation—there are many reasons that the future looks bright under the new Dennis Allen regime.
For starters, he’s a defensive-minded coach, and let’s be honest—if it had not been for the defensive follies in both the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions games, we would have been talking about the playoffs versus the offseason. It should also be noted that Denver went to the playoffs due to the impressive work of their defense, and in spite of an inept offense.
Secondly, there is one word that has been used to describe Allen time and time again—discipline. Over the last decade the Raiders have proven to be one of the most undisciplined teams in the league coming in No. 1 in penalties since 2003 (their closest competitor was over 100 penalties behind them).
All of these items set aside, you know what the most encouraging thing about this guy is? He doesn't have a big mouth. The last three head coaches for Oakland (Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable and Hue Jackson) all had a really bad habit of not being able to shut up.
While Jackson is arguably the best of the three, does anyone remember him proclaiming a Super Bowl at the start of the season? It’s good to be confident, but not arrogant; if you are looking for hard evidence look to the New York Jets.
A side note, but Allen was an assistant head coach in New Orleans when they won a Super Bowl. We have all heard about the different culture of championship teams, and honestly he is the first head coach in a long while who knows what that looks like.
The good news is that we are now rid of Chuck Bresnahan, his mistakes on play calls were epic, and the reason the Raiders missed out on the playoffs this season.