When the reports began circulating that Dennis Allen was being brought in for a second interview and was the front runner to be our head coach I was very skeptical considering he came straight from the Broncos organization and has only had a year of coordinator experience. I like many also was a bit flustered with the immediate firing of Hue Jackson much like I was last year when Tom Cable abruptly got the axe mainly to prevent Hue from ironically possibly head out to Denver to be their HC. However like a family member you fight with all the time until somebody outside the family badmouths them I must step in and back up my loved ones. The newest member of the extended Oakland Raider family is of course Coach Allen. Once again mainstream media and more specifically Yahoo blogger Jason Cole had to criticize the Raiders organization by dropping his two cents about the poor decision to let go of Jackson in favor of the young, upstart Allen. He stated once again there is no stability at the head coaching position of the Raiders and also that the Broncos' defensive improvement may likely be more a credit to John Fox's tutelage of Allen as well as the potent Von-Doom Duo's emergence. I will say this is once again lazy journalism at its finest as the hire makes perfect sense considering Allen's background is in a 4-3 thus the transition to his style would be much less dramatic. Also consider the fact the Raiders' defense of 2011-12 was not only one of the worst in its history but the worst in the history of the NFL. They have the distinction of being one of four teams to allow 30 TD passes and a 5.0 rushing yards per carry avg along with this year's just as horrid Tampa Bay Bucs, a measure in defensive futility not reached since the 1952 Dallas Texans. We also were one of six teams since the merger to allow 4,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing. Let's also not forget about the most penalized team in NFL history. Now I ask those questioning whether we are going forwards or backwards with the last two head coaching moves made by Reggie McKenzie? Also how many head coaching vacancies was Hue Jack offered, let alone interviewed for? I'll tell you, a big, fat 0. So to welcome in the newest coach in Raiders history I offer a good luck charm to not only cleanse him of his Bronco taint but also a rally cry whenever we play those Donkeys going forward. I give you Orange Darth!
Good luck Coach and let's hope this is only the first of many contract extensions with the Raiders well after 2016. Give em hell!