Allen takes big step in Oakland process

The Oakland Raiders’ search for a new head coach has taken an interesting turn that could cause an issue in Denver.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is going to receive a second interview with Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie this week in Mobile, Ala., where the Raiders are scouting the Senior Bowl. McKenzie will also interview Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Tice in Mobile on Tuesday.

The fact Allen is getting another interview likely means he is a finalist. It will be interesting to see who else gets a second interview. Schefter has reported that Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg may be a favorite. McKenzie told CSN Bay Area on Monday that he may make a hire by Saturday.

Allen may be an interesting hire for Oakland. He has been a defensive coordinator just one year, but Denver’s defense vastly improved under Allen’s leadership. He is a 4-3 coach, so the Raiders would likely remain a 4-3 defense if he's hired. John Madden was Oakland’s last defensive-minded coach. Former Oakland owner Al Davis, who died in October, was partial to offensive coaches as his head coach.

If Allen gets the Oakland job, Denver would have to hire its seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons. One candidate to replace Allen could be former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio. He was the defensive coordinator in Carolina under Denver coach John Fox in 2002 before he got the Jaguars’ job.