Dennis Allen introduced as Saints head coach
When most NFL teams are in the market for a new head coach, they’re also in the market for a culture change.
But not the New Orleans Saints, which makes Dennis Allen the seemingly perfect fit to take over for Sean Payton and the house that he built.
Today, Saints Owner Gayle Benson and General Manager Mickey Loomis introduced Allen as the 17th head coach of the black and gold.
Allen has served as the team’s defensive coordinator since 2015 following his first head coaching stint with the then Oakland Raiders from 2012-2014 in which he went just 8-28 before being fired four games into the 2014 season.
Under Allen’s watch last season, the Saints ranked seventh in total defense and fourth in scoring defense at less than 20 points per game.
Allen also served as interim head coach for Payton when he was out with COVID-19 for the team’s week 15 road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Saints proceed to shut out Tom Brady and company 9-0.
Overall, Allen is going on year 13 with the Saints organization and counting. “The city of New Orleans is one of the more passionate and energetic cities in all of the world. I love this fan base. I want our team to mirror this fan base. I want our team to have the same passion and energy that this fan base has. Our team is going to be tough. Our team is going to be smart. And our team is going to be highly competitive. And we’re going to play with a passion and an energy that our opponents are either unwilling or unable to match. And that’s what the New Orleans Saints are going to be about.”
The Saints also interviewed former NFL head coaches Brian Flores and Doug Pederson, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, and their own special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi.