The Oakland Raiders started their first offseason program under new head coach Dennis Allen Monday. The Raiders are among the teams with new coaches that get a two-week jump on the rest of the NFL to conduct their offseason program and two minicamps instead of just one. The Silver and Black have a 12-week window to conduct nine weeks of voluntary workouts.

The Raiders are now moving in a different direction under the new regime, after being run for decades by the late owner Al Davis one way. His son Mark took upon himself to hire the new general manager Reggie McKenzie to change the culture in Oakland.

McKenzie, right away in January made major changes in the culture switch by firing coach Hue Jackson and the hiring of Allen to move the Raiders forward in the new regime.

On Monday coach Allen indicated to his team a precise message the team is in the process of knowing how to play football the right way not only being the fastest and biggest on the field.

Expect the structures of these changes to Oakland are most likely to come on the defensive side of the ball. Despite figuring to holding on to the 4-3 alignment scheme, expect more blitzing and a variety of the same mix of plays the Raiders have used previously.

Earlier at the owners meetings Allen said “I need to figure out exactly what we have on the whole team” “I don’t think you ever really truly know until you get out on the field and get an opportunity to work with them. I’m very excited about a lot of pieces to the puzzle that we have. But I don’t think you fully know what you have until you get on the field with them. That’s why I’m really looking forward to mini-camp starting April 17.” sfgate

The significance of the opening meetings during this offseaon is for the Raiders players to have the opportunity to meet their new coaching staff for the first time and reconnect with their teammates and become acquainted with their new ones. Also the players will have a chance to become familiar with the fitness programs the new strength and conditioning coach Al Miller has instituted.

Raiders new linebacker Phillip Wheeler officially introduced Monday said, “We’re going to be big, fast and we’re going to be smarter and have good football players” I feel like Reggie McKenzie the GM is bringing a lot of players in that actually know how to play the game”cbssports