Dennis Allen Biography
Dennis Allen is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL).
Allen attended Texas A&M University and played as safety on R. C. Slocum’s “Wrecking Crew” defense.
Dennis Allen Age
Allen was born on September 22, 1972, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is 48 years as of 2020.
Dennis Allen Early Life
Allan was born in Atlanta and grew up in Hurst, Texas near Fort Worth. He graduated from L. D. Bell High School.
He later attended Texas A&M University and played as a safety on R. C. Slocum’s “Wrecking Crew” defense. He made an interception in the fourth quarter that secured an 18-9 win for Texas A&M over rival Texas.
During the 1994 and 1995 seasons, Allen started the final 21 games of his collegiate career and was part of a defensive unit that ranked in the top five in the nation.
In 1995 Allen earned a B.B.A. in management from the Texas A&M School of Business Management. LAter in 1996, he signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent but was cut during training camp.
Dennis Allen Wife
Allen is a married man. He is married to his wife, Alisson. Allen and Alisson have a son, Garrison, and a daughter, Layla.
Dennis Allen Coaching Career
Allen began his coaching career at his alma mater Texas A&M. He began as a graduate assistant coach under his former coach R. C. Slocum.
While in that position from 1996 to 1999, he mostly worked with the secondary while pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology from the Texas A&M College of Education.
Allen completed his degree in 1998. Later from 2000 to 2001, he coached the secondary at Tulsa.
Dennis Allen National Football League (NFL)
From 2002 to 2003, Allen was a defensive quality control coach with the Atlanta Falcons. Later from 2004 to 2005, he was a defensive assistant.
New Orleans Saints
Allen later moved to the New Orleans Saints, as defensive line coach from 2006 to 2007 before being a secondary coach from 2008 to 2010.
In 2009, the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV in which the Saints ranked 3rd in interceptions despite giving up 321 yards per game.
After his success with the Saints’ secondary, Allen was hired to be the Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator. The Broncos defense was in the bottom half of yards allowed, ranked 23rd, but was 5th in the league in sacks in 2011.
On January 24, 2012, Allen was hired by Oakland Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie as the team’s 18th head coach.
Allen is the first Raiders defense-oriented head coach since John Madden’s retirement after the 1978 season.
In his first season as head coach, the Raiders struggled. They finished the 2012 season with a record of 4–12. That offseason, the Raiders were facing salary cap problems and had traded away most of their draft picks prior to Allen’s arrival.
That did not allow him to establish his system with the right players. In the middle of the 2013 season, Allen decided to bench quarterback Terrelle Pryor (who was injured) for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, in hopes of salvaging the rest of the season.
Pryor continued to be benched although he was healthy enough to return.
Allen was fired on September 29, 2014, following a 38–14 loss to the Miami Dolphins and beginning the 2014 NFL season with 4 straight losses.
Return to New Orleans
On January 20, 2015, Allen was hired by the Saints to be a defensive assistant. Later on November 16, 2015, he was promoted to defensive coordinator after Rob Ryan was fired.
On November 29, Allen had his first game as defensive coordinator. During that game, the Saints were defeated by the Houston Texans 24–6. His defense gave up 362 yards while recording one sack and one interception in the loss.