Payton pleased to see Allen on opposite sideline
METAIRIE - Dennis Allen didn't get a chance to match wits against his former boss when New Orleans visited Oakland last season.
Sean Payton's season-long bounty suspension wiped that opportunity out, so Allen will have to settle for a preseason date on Friday night against the coach and franchise he helped win a Super Bowl in the 2009 season.
Allen was a defensive assistant for Payton's first five seasons in New Orleans. He saw firsthand how Payton arrived amid Hurricane Katrina's devastation and turned a moribund franchise into a playoff regular.
Allen says his time in New Orleans is when he developed most as a coach.
Payton says Allen's coaching talent was evident early, and that he's pleased to see a former assistant on an opposite sideline.