As we reported earlier today, the Raiders and Broncos DC Dennis Allen were close to coming to terms on a deal that would make him the next head coach of the team.
It seems like those terms have been agreed upon, as Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Allen is going to be the next head coach of the Silver and Black.
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to hire Dennis Allen as their new head coach. He has already informed the broncos
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 25, 2012
Allen will be the first defensive head coach the team has had since 1969 when Al Davis hired John Madden, who then went on to lead the team to a Super Bowl win over the Vikings in 1976.
In 2002, Allen’s first year with the Atlanta, he assisted in coaching the defensive backfield, the club tied for third in the NFL with 24 interceptions and improved from 30th vs. the pass in 2001 to 16th the following year.
Over his last two years in Atlanta, the Falcons’ defensive line was the anchor of the defense. In 2004, Atlanta led the NFL for the first time in club history with 48 sacks and the unit sent DE Patrick Kerney to the Pro Bowl. In 2005 DT Rod Coleman represented the club in the postseason all-star game and the Falcons notched 37 sacks.
In 2006, Allen was in charge of the Saints’ defensive line, who combined for over 290 tackles, 28.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. The season was highlighted by the Pro Bowl selection DE Will Smith.
He was then brought on by John Fox to be the Broncos defensive coordinator on January 24th, 2011.