Who is Dennis Allen?
Dennis J. Allen is an American professional football coach and the present defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). From 2012 to 2014, Allen worked as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Previously he served as a coach for the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, University of Tulsa, and his alma mater, Texas A&M University.
Allen was fired as the Raiders head coach following an 0-4 start during the 2014 NFL season on September 29, 2014. The decision was not final until the following day, despite retracted reports from a day earlier that led to media speculation. He then took over the defensive coordinator job for the New Orleans, on November 16, 2015, following Rob Ryan firing. Previously he served with the Saints as a defensive assistant.
Dennis Allen playing career
Allen played on R. C. Slocum’s ”Wrecking Crew” defense as a safety at Texas A&M University. He made an interception in the fourth quarter securing an 18-9 victory for Texas A&M against rival Texas. Allen started the last 21 games of his collegiate career in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. He was also among the defensive group that ranked in the top five in the nation. Allen then signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 1996, however, he was cut during training camp.
How old is Dennis Allen?
Dennis J. Allen was born on September 22, 1972, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and is aged 49 as of 2021. He shares his birthday with famous people including Tom Felton, Michael Rainey Jr., Nayeon, Michael Faraday, Charlotte Cooper, Wilhelm Keitel, Paul Muni, Tommy Lasorda, John Brennan, Nick Cave, among others.
Dennis Allen Family
Who are Dennis Allen’s parents?
Dennis J. Allen was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Grady Allen and Kay Allen. His father was a standout linebacker for the Aggies and then for the Falcons in the NFL. Allen was brought up in Hurst, Texas near Fort Worth, and belongs to white ethnicity.
Does Dennis Allen have siblings?
Allen’s siblings are not mentioned to the media, concluding that he does not have any siblings. No information is available about them and will be updated once it is available.
Dennis Allen Education
Allen attended L. D. Bell High School, where he graduated. He then attended Texas A&M University, where he played football as a safety on R. C. Slocum’s ”Wrecking Crew” defense. Allen graduated in 1995 with a B.B.A. in management from the Texas A&M School of Business Management. He then pursued a master’s degree in kinesiology from the Texas A&M College of Education graduating in 1998.
Dennis Allen Wife
Allen is straight in his relationship and currently married. He is married to his longtime girlfriend Alisson Allen and is happily married with two children.
Dennis Allen Kids
Allen and his sweetheart Alisson have two adorable children together. Their children are a son, Garrison Allen, and a daughter, Layla Allen.
Dennis Allen Height
Allen has a great physique with a well-built, muscular and athletic body. He stands at an average height and a moderate weight, but the figures are not disclosed and will be updated soon.
Dennis Allen Coaching career
Early coaching career
Dennis started his coaching profession at his alma mater Texas A&M, as a graduate assistant coach under his former coach R. C. Slocum. He held the position from 1996 to 1999, serving mostly 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 and went on to coach the secondary at Tulsa from 2000 to 2001.
From 2002 to 2003, Allen served as a defensive quality control coach for the Atlanta Falcons, before becoming their defensive assistant from 2004 to 2005.
New Orleans Saints
Allen then joined the New Orleans Saints, as their defensive line coach from 2006 to 2007. He then became a secondary coach from 2008 to 2010. The Saints won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009, and they ranked 3rd in interceptions in spite of giving up 321 yards per game.
Following his success with the Saints’ secondary, Allen was hired by the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator. Their defense was in the bottom half of yards allowed, ranked 23rd, however, they were 5th in the league in sacks in 2011.
Reggie McKenzie, the general manager of the Oakland Raiders hired Allen as the team’s 18th head coach on January 24, 2012. Dennis became the first Raiders defense-oriented head coach since the retirement of John Madden following the 1978 season. This was also since the team’s longtime former owner Al Davis, till his death in the 2011 season, preferred offensive-minded head coaches.
The Raiders struggled in Allen’s first season as head coach, finishing the 2012 season with a 4-12 record. During the offseason, they were facing salary cup issues and had traded away most of their draft picks before Allen’s arrival, which did not allow him to establish his system with the right players. Mid-way in the 2013 season, he decided to bench quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was injured, for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, in hopes of saving the rest of the season. Pryor went on to be benched despite being healthy enough to come back. After a 39-14 defeat by the Miami Dolphins and starting the 2014 NFL season with 4 consecutive losses, Allen was fired on September 29, 2014.
New Orleans Saints (second stint)
On January 20, 2015, Allen was hired by the Saints as a senior defensive assistant. Following Rob Ryan firing on November 16, 2015, Dennis was promoted to defensive coordinator. In his first game as defensive coordinator, the team was beaten by the Houston Texans 24-6 on November 29. His defense gave up 362 yards and recorded one sack and one interception in the defeat.
Dennis Allen Net Worth
American professional coach, Allen has been in the coaching industry from 1996 to the present. He has coached various NFL teams as an assistant and Oakland Raiders as the head coach. Allen has gained a great reputation in his career and is among the famous coaches with an outstanding net worth of approximately $10 million as of 2021.