Dennis Allen was introduced Monday as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, saying his goal was a team that played with passion, emotion, discipline and a respect for game and those who played it before them.
"You don't win games in the National Football League by talent alone. There are a lot of other things that are a part of that, and those are the things that we're going to develop and those are the things we're going to preach on a day-to-day basis to our players.
"Because we do have talented players. We have enough talent on our team to compete for a championship, and that's what our goal is going to be every year. (But) we've got to play smart, we've got to play tough, we've got to play disciplined and we got to be committed to doing the things that it takes to win in the National Football League. And those are the things we're going to do."
The Raiders hired Allen to replace Hue Jackson, who was fired earlier this month on McKenzie's first official day as general manager after just one season at the helm and an 8-8 record. McKenzie pledged a detailed search for Jackson's replacement, but quickly landed on Allen after being impressed by his initial interview.
"To say I was excited after the interview with coach Allen would be a major understatement. I was extremely excited."
Allen, who was hired after one season as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, showed flashes of that passion in Monday's press conference when he laid out his goals for the team.
He said the offense would be "up-tempo" with a focus on being aggressive and having an explosive passing game. He said he believed all the pieces were in place to accomplish that. Allen also stressed an aggressive mentality for his defense with a focus on rushing the quarterback and stopping the run.
"This is a new day in Oakland Raiders football," Allen said. "We're progressing forward and we're going to set our own goals."
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