Dennis Allen to Raiders: Why Allen Is the Perfect Hire for the Oakland Raiders

Zach Sokolow@zachsokContributor IIJanuary 25, 2012

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JULY 28:  Dennis Allen, Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos directs the defense during training camp at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre at Dove Valley on July 28, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders have not hired a defensive-minded head coach since they chose to go with John Madden in 1969.

Now, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL at age 39 by joining the Raiders. 

Allen was largely responsible for the Broncos’ turnaround this season. Keeping pressure on opposing quarterbacks caused turnovers and kept the pressure off Tim Tebow to play out of his role.

Tebow never had to put up flashy numbers or throw more than the game plan called for, since his defense was so reliable. Dennis Allen brings a defensive mentality to the 29th-ranked defense in the league in Oakland, who have struggled to get to the quarterback.

After a string of high-profile head coaches, it was refreshing to find the Oakland Raiders making a conventional and rational hire. Dennis Allen does fall into the category of young coaches to take on the Raiders.

Compared to the likes of Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden and Lane Kiffin, Dennis Allen seems to be the safest pick. Allen is not as well known, but possesses the qualities to run this team. 

The Raiders have a loaded offense and the tools to become a decent defensive team. Unlike Denver, Allen has some flexibility because of their explosive offense. With a stronger defense, the Raiders might not have been on the outside looking in with that 8-8 record.

Playing in the AFC West, the Raiders are going to be playoffs contenders right away. The ability for the Raiders to make a postseason run will be determined on how well Dennis Allen can come into Oakland and be a reliable leader and motivator.

A dependable and consistent head coach is something the Raiders cannot typically count on, and going against the strong Al Davis grain was a smart decision.

Though not the most attractive hire, the long-term benefits of Dennis Allen means he was the perfect pick for the Oakland Raiders.