4 former NFL head coaches Jacksonville Jaguars must pursue
The Jacksonville Jaguars could give Dennis Allen a second chance.
Dennis Allen was a rising star when the then-Oakland Raiders hired him to be their head coach in 2012. The Georgia native was the New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach when the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl 44 in 2008. After three years with the Saints, he became the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator in 2011. His stay with the team only lasted one season as the ‘Silver and Black’ hired him the following year.
Allen’s tenure with the Raiders wasn’t a good one. All in all, he won eight of 28 games, and their defense, Allen’s expertise, was one of the worst in the league during his tenure in Oakland. In 2015, he joined New Orleans’ coaching staff once again, where has been able to rehabilitate his career. He joined as a defensive assistant, but he was quickly promoted to defensive coordinator when the team gave Rex Ryan the boot.
Allen took over the worst defense in the NFL but successfully turned into a top unit after one year at the helm. Since 2017, the Saints’ defense has ranked no worse than 11th in points allowed and currently have the fourth-best defense in the NFL.
Moreover, he’s developed players such as cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Von Bell, All-Pro linebacker Demario Davis, and safety Marcus Williams. Bell described Allen as detailed, smart, and instinctive. Based on the results, it’s hard to argue with Bell.