Raiders, Dennis Allen negotiating
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.