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10 Fun Facts About Former Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on January 2, 2015

Dennis Allen became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2012. He lost his job just four games into his third season in 2014. He flew a bit under the radar because he wasn’t dismissed at the end of the season like EVERYONE else, and we may have saved him for last, but we didn’t forget about him. Check out:

10 Fun Facts About Dennis Allen

Nice Job, Dad!

1. Dennis Allen’s father Grady Allen played linebacker at Texas A&M and later the Atlanta Falcons.

Alumni Party

2. Dennis Allen attended L.D. Bell High School in Texas. Other notable names to come out of there include NFL kicker Cary Blanchard, NFL quarterback Tommy Maddox, and NFL safety Eric Vance.

Missed It By That Much

3. After graduating from Texas A&M, Dennis Allen was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills. He went to training camp but did not make the roster.

Where It All Began

4. Dennis Allen’s first coaching job was as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M under R.C. Slocum.

Against His New Team

5. In Dennis Allen’s one season as defensive coordinator of the Broncos in 2011, the season before joining the Raiders as the head coach, Denver would go 1-1 against Oakland.

Past Employers

6. Prior to being named head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Allen had served as an assistant coach under five different NFL head coaches: Dan Reeves, Wade Phillips, Sean Payton, Jim Mora, and John Fox.

17 Before Him

7. Dennis Allen was the 18th head coach in the history of the Oakland Raiders.

A Great Start!

8. The most points the Raiders scored in one game with Dennis Allen as head coach was the 34 points they put up in a win over the Steelers on September 23, 2012. This was also Allen’s first win in the NFL as a head coach.

Quarterback Lover

9. In two seasons plus four games to start a third year as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Allen used five different starting quarterbacks: Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin, Matt Flynn, and Derek Carr.

Throwing The Challenge Flag

10. In his time with the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Allen threw the red flag out to challenge a play 11 times. This resulted in him being right seven times and the call on the field being upheld four times.

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