Perhaps all those NFL roadblocks Dennis Allen encountered in his attempts to interview defensive coordinator candidates have changed his approach. Or maybe its just coincidence that the last two coaches he’s hired have come from the coaching ranks. Then again it could just be that Allen is hiring the most qualified candidates.
Whatever the real reason, Allen followed his plunder of Stanford’s Jason Tarver as defensive coordinator with another PAC-12 raid.
This time Allen plucked a coach from under the nose of USC’s Lane Kiffin as Ted Gilmore has been tapped to replace Sanjay Lal as Oakland’s receivers coach.
In his one season as a receivers coach at USC, Gilmore oversaw one of the most explosive units in all of college football. He coached up sophomore sensation Robert Woods and helped introduce the world to standout freshman Marqise Lee. Woods went on to set the PAC-12 record for receptions in a season while Lee developed into one of the most dynamic deep threats in Division I.
Lal left the East Bay for the New York Jets in the wake of Hue Jackson’s firing. He’s leaving the cupboard very full for Gilmore. During his tenure in Oakland Lal did an excellent job of developing Darrius Heyward-Bey while also getting young receivers like Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore to contribute almost immediately.