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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Search: Dennis Allen Emerges As Top Candidate According To Reports

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Oakland Raiders have identified Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the top candidate for their head coaching position. Schefter even went as far as stating in a tweet that the other candidates have been told that they are out of the running.

The likes of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice were among the coaches originally up for the position.

Allen's hire has intrigue surrounding it. One, he's a coach on a rival team in the Broncos. Two, he just finished his first year as a coordinator. And three, he would be the first defense-oriented coach hired by the Raiders since pre-Al Davis, which might as well be the same as pre-Raiders since hardly anyone remembers the Raiders prior to Davis' ownership. John Madden was the last defensive-minded hire for the Raiders and that was in 1969.