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Dennis Allen (American football)

Dennis J. Allen
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-09-22) September 22, 1972
Place of birth Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
College Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Regular season 8–28 (.222)
Postseason 0–0 (–)
Career record 8–28 (.222)
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a player
1996* Buffalo Bills
Team(s) as a coach/administrator






Texas A&M University
(Graduate Assistant)
University of Tulsa
Atlanta Falcons
(Def. Assistant/Quality Control)
New Orleans Saints
(Asst. Defensive Line)
New Orleans Saints
Denver Broncos
(Defensive Coordinator)
Oakland Raiders
(Head Coach)

Dennis J. Allen (born September 22, 1972) is an American football coach. He was formerly the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Allen previously coached for the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, University of Tulsa and his alma mater, Texas A&M University. His father Grady Allen was also a standout linebacker for the Aggies and later in the NFL for the Falcons. Dennis and his wife, Alisson, have a son, Garrison, and a daughter, Layla.[1]

In 2009 in New Orleans, the Saints ranked 3rd in interceptions despite giving up 321 yards per game.[2] Allen's Broncos were in the bottom half of yards allowed, ranked 23rd, but were 5th in the league in sacks.[3]

On September 29, 2014, Allen was fired as the Raiders head coach. Retracted reports from a day earlier led to media speculation, but the decision was not final until the day after.


  • Early life 1
  • Coaching career 2
    • College 2.1
    • National Football League 2.2
    • Oakland Raiders 2.3
    • Head coaching record 2.4
    • Coaching tree 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Born in Atlanta, Allen grew up in Hurst, Texas near Fort Worth and graduated from L. D. Bell High School.[4][5][6]

Coaching career


Allen began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a graduate assistant coach under his old coach R. C. Slocum for four seasons (1996–1999), working primarily with the secondary.

National Football League

He was a defensive assistant coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 2002 to 2005 and with the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2010 before being promoted to defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos for the 2011 season.[7]

Oakland Raiders

On January 24, 2012, Oakland Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie hired Allen as the team's 18th head coach. He is the first Raiders defense-oriented head coach since John Madden's retirement after the 1978 season, since the team's longtime former owner Al Davis (until his death during the 2011 season) preferred offensive-minded head coaches.

In his first season as head coach, the Raiders struggled as they finished the 2012 season with a record of 4–12. That offseason, the Raiders were facing salary cap problems and the team traded away most of their draft picks prior to Allen's arrival, which did not allow Allen to establish his system with the right players. In 2013, mid-season he decided to bench quarterback Terrelle Pryor who was injured for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin in hopes of saving the season even after Pryor was healthy to play.[8]

On September 29, 2014, following a 38–14 loss to the Miami Dolphins and beginning the 2014 NFL season with 4 straight losses, Allen was fired.[9]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OAK 2012 4 12 0 .250 3rd in AFC West - - - -
OAK 2013 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC West - - - -
OAK 2014 0 4 0 - - - Fired midseason
Oak Total 8 28 0 .222 -
Total[10] 8 28 0 .222 -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Dennis Allen has served:


  1. ^
  2. ^ Stats
  3. ^ [1] Statistics
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  5. ^ Tafur, Vic (March 27, 2012). "Dennis Allen Q and A". Silver and Black. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Williams, Charean (November 27, 2013). "Growing up in Hurst, Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen knew his calling". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Smith, Michael David (December 14, 2013). "Despite benching, Terrelle Pryor doesn’t feel like a failure". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (September 30, 2014). "Raiders fire Dennis Allen after two-plus seasons". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Dennis Allen Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -

External links

  • Oakland Raiders file
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Martindale
Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Jack Del Rio
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