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Payton pleased to see Allen on opposite sideline

3 years 10 months 1 week ago August 15, 2013 Aug 15, 2013 Thursday, August 15 2013 August 15, 2013 10:19 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

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.

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