With the Dennis Allen deal finalized, and the likelihood of additional changes to be made in the staff and roster, Raider Nation is anxiously awaiting Allen's first moves.
It's always fascinating how the first few moves by a new head coach energize a fan base, and Oakland has gotten really good at judging new head coaches. Unlike most NFL teams that prefer consistency, the Raiders have chosen to go through head coaches like toilet paper. Allen is Oakland's seventh head coach since 2002.
While it has not done much to stabilize the franchise, it has taught this fan base all about new head coaches and the decisions a good one will make. A theme that I see pretty consistently popping up in regards to moves and trades fits the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
So where should Allen start? Simple. Leave the offense alone.
It's not broken, while they ranked No. 16 in the league in regards to scoring, there were several injuries that did not help positively in that role. It should be noted that the Oakland offense averaged 379 yards per game, and had a top-10 rushing attack. Allen would not garnish any support with a McFadden trade or the firing of offensive coordinator Al Saunders.
Frankly, based on the team's offensive performance last year there shouldn't be any major changes. This is a very young team that has the potential to explode at any time. So it would seem pretty obvious where he should start, and why I think he was hired.
The first move should be to fire Chuck Bresnahan, and McKenzie has made it clear that Allen will get to hire his own coaching staff. Any good, wholesome member of Raider Nation is aware of what our defense cost us last year. Start there with the right coaches and the fans will love him for it (at least I will).