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Hope floats: Allen not only candidate for Oakland job

SOURCE: RAIDERS' COACHING SEARCH AT 3
www.csnbayarea.com

The Raiders have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates— Winston Moss, Dennis Allen, and a third “mystery candidate,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. are no longer in the running, according to the same source.  Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice removed himself from consideration Monday night, according to reports out of Chicago.

Denver dodged a bullet when Miami passed over on Mike McCoy; will they do so again here? (via ESPN)

Dennis Allen is Raiders’ top choice for HC

Raiders, Dennis Allen negotiating
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The Oakland Raiders have identified Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the leading candidate to become their next head coach, according to multiple league sources.

Other Raiders head coaching candidates, including Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, already have been informed that Oakland has found its man and they are no longer under consideration, according to sources.

Allen is meeting Tuesday with Raiders officials to see whether the two sides can take the final steps they need to come to an agreement.

It appears the revolving door continues to spin for Denver at defensive coordinator, as Dennis Allen is reportedly nearing employment with the enemy. Allen's potential departure would mean the seventh different DC in as many seasons for the Broncos, although Allen would be the first to leave under happy circumstances (for him) following the ignominious exits of Larry Coyer, Jim Bates, Bob Slowik, Mike Nolan and Don Martindale.

That Allen's competition has already been notified they're out of the running says that whatever's left to decide between Oakland and Allen's reps is a mere formality.

Led by Allen's creative playcalling, the additions of Von Miller and Brodrick Bunkley, and the return to health of Elvis Dumervil, Denver' defense ranked 24th in points and 20th in yards a year after ranking 32nd (dead last) in both categories. This was Allen's first year as a coordinator after several years as an assistant with the Saints.

Mom always did know the best cuss words

Giants DE Dave Tollefson Is A True Momma's Boy
www.thepostgame.com

Before every game, the Giants’ defensive end heads to a secluded area of the locker room to call his mother. But this isn’t your normal don’t-get-hurt speech. Tollefson’s mom gives him a loud, bombastic, fire-and-brimstone pep talk, reported the New York Times.

Tollefson has Giants equipment manager Ed Wagner scout out a quiet part of every locker room. Tollefson first calls his wife, Megan, before mom delivers her Al Pacino-like speech. Wagner says “she rips into him” and basically tells him not to be a “coward” while using “a lot of curse words.”

What does Tollefson’s mother have to say about all this? “I’m not going to talk to him like a mom and say, ‘Be careful and don’t hurt anybody,’” Debi Crocker told the Times. “That’s not going to get him pumped up. I would say it’s basically potty-mouth, smash-mouth-football-type talk.”

Some men are born tough, some achieve toughness, and some have toughness thrust upon them by their mom through the use of f-bombs. 

Gibbs: you can’t change Tebow’s throwing motion, but it ain’t no thang

Joe Gibbs likes what he sees in Tim Tebow
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So when the conversation Monday turned from racing to the popular Denver Broncos quarterback, the Hall of Fame coach couldn’t say enough good things. It had nothing to do with Tebow’s outward expression of his faith, something Gibbs doesn’t hesitate to share with others. It wasn’t an attempt to be a part of the so-called Tebow bandwagon.

Gibbs genuinely is impressed. “I think he’s a player,” Gibbs said of Tebow as he took a break from racing to talk football. “Everybody is talking about his throwing motion and all of that. I can’t tell you how many guys up there have bad throwing motions.”

Gibbs laughed at the suggestion that NFL coaches can change the Heisman Trophy winner’s throwing motion. “Anybody that starts telling you they’re going to change somebody’s throwing motion when he spent 16 years playing football and throwing that way is kidding you,” he said. “What you see is what you get.”

One more down for Dennis Allen

Tice will not interview for Raiders job
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice will not interview for the Oakland Raiders vacant head coaching job as originally planned. Tice had been scheduled to meet with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. But the Bears said Monday that interview won’t take place because the Raiders have moved onto the “second phase’’ of their interview process.

The Raiders have been tightlipped about the search, but McKenzie told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that a hiring could come this week. McKenzie is at the Senior Bowl scouting for the draft. McKenzie has already interviewed Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss for the job. ESPN reported Monday that Allen would get a second interview, which is expected to be held this week at the Senior Bowl.

49ers fans going a wee bit far

Kyle Williams Death Threats: 49ers Returner Threatened On Twitter After Loss To Giants
www.huffingtonpost.com

After Jacquian Williams knocked the ball from his grasp and the Giants recovered at the 24-yard line, Kyle Williams was the scapegoat in San Francisco. The 23-year-old’s name quickly started trending on Twitter—partly because some 49ers fans lent their support, but mostly because he was the subject of hateful messages, several openly rooting for his death.

Someone, presumably a 49ers fan based on his profile image, tweeted that he hopes Williams and his family dies. Another wished Williams died in his sleep Sunday night. And when another tweeted that he’s not sure Williams deserves to be receiving death threats, someone said that notion was “debatable.”

Bill Buckner was lucky Twitter didn't exist back in 1986, that's all I'm saying.

I'd like to think Broncos fans would be above something like, but I'm not so sure there aren't bad apples in every bunch--even the orange and blue variety.

Allen considered a leading candidate for Oakland job

Dennis Allen, Raiders to talk again
espn.go.com

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has been invited to interview a second time for the Oakland Raiders’ head coaching vacancy, according to league sources.

The Raiders also are said to be considering another coach, but the fact that Allen is thought to be the first candidate asked to interview a second time is a sign he is one of the favorites, if not the favorite, for the job.

Allen’s second interview with the Raiders is expected to take place this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

No idea whether Allen will make for a good head coach, but we already know he's a terrific DC, and that's only after one season in the position. So as much as it would sting for him to end up in Oakland, who knows how he'd do there. What is certain here is that losing him would hurt the Broncos in a big way. (h/t RSH, Esq)

Meanwhile, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says the team could name a new head coach as soon as Saturday.

Watch two dorks from PFW say absolutely nothing important about the Denver Broncos

Will Tim Tebow be the Broncos starting QB in 2012?
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Two minutes of your life you can’t get back:

Are you scared to take the Tebow mirror challenge?

In Tim Tebow, sports world gets needed role model — and he's hated
www.orlandosentinel.com

Tebow’s a challenging mirror to peer into. “We want to know at the end of the day that guy is one of us,” says Leslie Seppinni, a Beverly Hills psychotherapist. “In Tim Tebow’s reflection, we are threatened by our own laziness to do the work, our self-centeredness, and our unwillingness to take a risk.” It’s easier to hope he face-plants into the Mt. Everest of coke than rise to his public example.

How sad.

Another Tebow is a better human than you and you should be ashamed of yourself column, complete with Mike Vick dog fighting comps.

Yet there is some wisdom in the psychobabble above. Taking a risk in life is hard, requires thousands of hours of hard work, and it exposes you to criticism and failure. But Tebow--without even bringing into the discussion religion and politics--does pull the trigger on going for his dream. It's completely admirable.

Most people, on the other hand, whether they are evangelicals or not, live lives of quiet desperation, as Henry David Thoreau once said. They simply prefer to watch from the couch and either hope Tebow takes a dive or invest themselves emotionally in his success. In fact, the more of these lazy bastards there are out there, the better for Roger Goodell and his band of merry men. After all, the margins on jersey sales don't just create themselves, now, do they?

McCoy believes his DC preference cost him Dolphins job

Bowles as DC might have worked against McCoy
miamiherald.typepad.com

McCoy, as I reported earlier in this space, was confident he was going to get the Dolphins job. At 39 years old, he was the only one of the finalists that fit into Stephen Ross’s desire to hire “a young Don Shula.”

But that’s not the reason McCoy was so confident. Turns out he was reading signs from the team. He gauged their enthusiasm following his first meeting with them Monday. And he was even more confident after flying to New York for a Thursday interview because that went a full eight hours—nine hours if you count the meal—and afterward general manager Jeff Ireland told McCoy that if things went as expected, the team would send a plane for McCoy and the family to bring them from Denver back to South Florida on Friday.  But it never got to that point and McCoy thinks he knows the reason.

Seems during the McCoy interview, the topic of defensive coordinator came up. And the Dolphins told McCoy they really liked Todd Bowles and would like him to hire Bowles as the defensive coordinator.

At any rate, McCoy didn’t agree to hiring Bowles as his defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins that as a first time head coach, and an offensive-minded coach at that, he’d like to hire an experienced defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins he’d like someone that had done the job and succeeded in the job previously so he could concentrate more on upgrading the Miami offense.

Mike McCoy--flexible enough to change his entire offensive system, but apparently not flexible when it comes to defensive coordinators.