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RAIDERS TURN TO DEFENSE FOR COACH

Times wires

ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Raiders reportedly agreed Tuesday to hire Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their coach, breaking more than three decades of offensive-minded head coaches for the franchise.

The hiring was first reported by Fox Sports and ESPN, with both saying final details were still being worked out. The Raiders had no immediate comment.

New general manager Reggie McKenzie decided on his coach two weeks after he was hired. He immediately fired Hue Jackson, who went 8-8 in his only season, and began the search.

McKenzie spent almost two decades with the Packers front office so his former colleagues in Green Bay were originally considered to be favorites. Allen, 39, is coming off his first season in the NFL as a coordinator. He had his second interview with McKenzie on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Allen will be the first Raiders coach from the defensive side since Al Davis hired linebackers coach John Madden before the 1969 season. He coached until 1978 and won one Super Bowl.

Manning sad about Colts' big changes

INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning still intends to play football. He's also no fan of the Colts' big offseason overhaul that included the firing of coach Jim Caldwell and other executives.

In an interview Tuesday in the Indianapolis Star, Manning touched on everything from his future to the difficulty he has had coping with all the changes.

"That's hard to see, all these people leaving, Manning said. "And I may be behind them. Who knows?"

He said last week's discussion about his "impending" retirement was premature. He poked fun at the frenzy surrounding a tweet from actor Rob Lowe.

"I never thought 'Sodapop Curtis' would announce my retirement," he said, referring to Lowe's character in the 1983 movie The Outsiders. "I always thought I would be the one to announce it."

CHARGERS: Former Bucs assistant Rich Bisaccia was promoted to assistant head coach-special teams and Ron Meeks was named secondary coach.

49ERS: The league said return man Kyle Williams did not take any illegal hits from the Giants in Sunday's NFC title game. Williams fumbled a punt in overtime of San Francisco's 20-17 loss. Afterward, New York's Jacquian Williams and Devin Thomas indicated they were trying to hit Williams given his history of concussions, including one Dec.24.

VIKINGS: Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and a key lawmaker, Republican state Sen. Julie Rosen, said the team must build on the site of the Metrodome - its least favorite of three options - or state funding help won't happen this year.

PRO BOWL: Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton will replace Super Bowl-bound Tom Brady in Sunday's game.

LAKE HIRED: Boise State hired Jimmy Lake, a former Bucs assistant, to as secondary coach and coordinator of pass defense.

OBITUARY: JR Boone, who played for the Bears, 49ers and Packers and later coached Fresno State, died Sunday in Selma, Calif. He was 86.

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