After the formalities and the "Greatness of the Raiders" intros were out of the way, it was time to get down the proverbial brass tacks. Namely, how close is this Raider team to being a contender, and what needs to be done to make that happen? The Raiders looked to be on their way two seasons ago but fell flat last season. Dennis Allen believes they are on the cusp... with a couple tweaks.no comments
The Raiders introduced their new head coach today. Dennis Allen comes in as the 18th head coach in Raiders' history. He is firmly in the tradition of the Raiders hiring upstart, firey young head coaches. In fact, he is replacing one in Hue Jackson. And on Monday, we got to meet Allen for the first time since he signed his four year deal to become the Raiders' next head coach.
Every NFL team has had their scouts and coaches in Mobile, Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl. After practices, each team's scouts have a chance to speak with some of the prospects on the squads. Here are the players in whom Raider scouts have taken particular interest.
With the Raiders having a new general manager and new head coach with no head coaching experience, it has been difficult to gauge how the Raiders' coaching staff would look when it takes shape. But top candidates have now emerged for both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions.
Most of the sports world has been privy to the Raiders' hiring of Dennis Allen as their head coach since Tuesday. At the time, it was said to be a handshake agreement between the coach and Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie. The team has now made the hiring official.
It has been a tumultuous last two months for Raiders' starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain. It all started on December 1st of last year when he was arrested on several charges including assault and discharging a firearm in city limits while visiting his hometown of Decatur, Alabama. It hasn't gotten better for him since then.
The Raiders' new head coach may not have any head coaching to look back on. But he is not free of experience and success. He certainly had something that impressed Reggie McKenzie, and it is likely to be the same thing that had him rising in the coaching ranks as quickly as he has.