|Written by Josh Kendall|
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 25, 2013
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is happy to be on the field at the Senior Bowl rather than sitting in the stands. As the coach of the North team, Allen thinks he's learning more than his colleagues about the prospects at the game, things that have little do with Xs and Os.
"We are looking for guys that love football, that are willing to work and want to put the team first, and those are the types of things you can find out when you are coaching the team and able to be around them for such an extended period of time," Allen told JT the Brick on Fox Sports Radio. "You don't always get a chance to see that when you're sitting up in the stands. That's been outstanding for us to really get to know how they are in the meeting rooms, how they carry themselves in the hotel, how they go about practicing."
Allen also discussed his recent hiring of Tony Sparano as offensive line / assistant head coach.
"I am extremely excited about Tony Sparano, both as an individual and as a football coach," Allen said. "One of the things that I wanted to do was I wanted to get some veteran experience on the offensive side of the ball. I think (he) did a fabulous job there in Miami with the toughness of that football team. He's always had a tough, physical mentality about playing offense and that was very intriguing to me."
Allen also thinks his job got tougher thanks to two other hires. Andy Reid is now the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Mike McCoy has taken over the San Diego Chargers.
"There are two more head football coaches in this division that are going to make it a tougher division. I have a lot of respect for both of those guys," Allen said. "I think both those guys will do an outstanding job."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com
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