According to a report on ESPN Dallas today, the Oakland Raiders were denied permission to interview special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis for an assistant head coaching position under the newly hired Dennis Allen.
As is usually the case with these things, there’s a connection between Allen and DeCamillis. The two worked together with the Atlanta Falcons from 2002 to 2005, DeCamillis as special teams coordinator and Allen as a defensive assistant and quality control coach under Dan Reeves.
Reeves is DeCamillis’ father-in-law and, as Allen made clear in his introduction to the Oakland media, something of a mentor to the new Raiders coach.
"Dan Reeves is another guy that, he brought me into this league and gave me my first opportunity to coach in the National Football League," Allen said. "So I’ve got some great resources that I can rely on and lean on in times when I hit a situation where I need some help."
Unfortunately for Allen, after being shot down by Dallas, his old pal DeCamillis won’t be one of these resources.
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