Dennis Allen wants to learn from his mistakes: “The bottom line is you have to lead everybody”

Dennis Allen’s first year didn’t work out the way he wanted it to, but he’s willing to learn from his mistakes. Allen realizes that as the leader, his performance has to be the most consistent, and that he’s in charge of all three phases of the game.

He says he has to work on getting his message to his coaches in a way they can execute it better for him. During the off-season so far, Allen has replaced his offensive coordinator and rethinking their approach.

He wants to get Darren McFadden back to his explosive self, and bring the passing game into the modern era.

"What I learned is you have to stand up, stand out in front and lead the team through (challenging circumstances)," he said. "I think at times I did a good job. At other times, when I look back, if I'm really honest, I say, 'Damn, I could have done a better job here.' The bottom line is you have to lead everybody,” Allen said, via Monte Poole of the MercuryNews.com.

"The area of improvement where I have to be better is working with the special teams and the defense, letting them know what my vision is and providing a framework. I know I'll be better at providing clarity for the assistants."