"You don't win games in the National Football League by talent alone," Allen said. "There are a lot of other things that are a part of that, and those are the things that we're going to develop and those are the things we're going to preach on a day-to-day basis to our players."
Allen replaces Hue Jackson, who was dismissed by new General Manager Reggie McKenzie after just one season at the helm and an 8-8 record.
Allen was hired after one season as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
"This is a new day in Oakland Raiders football," he said. "We're progressing forward and we're going to set our own goals."
"To say I was excited after the interview with Coach Allen would be a major understatement," McKenzie added. "I was extremely excited."