Jan 26, 2012 2:52 AM by Lee Douglas
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are finalizing a deal with Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to make him their new head coach.
A person familiar with the process said Wednesday that the contract is in the process of being completed. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing the search. Fox Sports and ESPN first reported Tuesday night that the Raiders had chosen Allen to replace the fired Hue Jackson.
New general manager Reggie McKenzie had his second interview with Allen on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and has told other applicants they were no longer candidates.
The 39-year-old Allen will be the first new Raiders coach to come from the defensive side of the ball since late owner Al Davis hired linebackers coach John Madden before the 1969 season.
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