Kaden Elliss defends Dennis Allen despite Saints' 3-7 record

New Orleans Saints, Kaden Elliss
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New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen is on the hot seat in 2022, though he has still retained the support of a few prominent players.

One of them is linebacker Kaden Elliss, who recently told reporters that the team was "blessed" to have Allen this season.

Elliss put together his most impressive performance of the year against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10 recording seven tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.

The fourth-year linebacker made his feelings known about the current coaching situation in NOLA and reinforced his faith in Allen despite Allen's worrisome record. Losing Sean Payton in the offseason dealt a catastrophic blow to a franchise that appeared to be in decline after barely squeaking by to a 9-8 record in 2021.

In the post-Payton era, Allen hasn't found nearly as much success as his predecessor and currently holds a 3-7 record in the worst division in the league.

Saints' Kaden Elliss praises Dennis Allen in spite of recent criticism

After Week 10's loss to the Steelers, many fans believe it's time for Allen to be fired. This is Allen's first year as head coach of the Saints, so it's likely that the franchise will give him another shot next season to rebound in a big way, yet Allen's coaching history speaks for itself.

When Allen coached the Raiders from 2012 to 2014, he led the team to losing records in back-to-back seasons. His tenure with the Raiders was over a decade ago and there are plenty of other factors at play, but fans understandably miss Sean Payton's leadership right about now.

Allen made some questionable play-calls on Sunday and his usage of Taysom Hill has been inconsistent, to say the least. It's not hard to see why he's receiving so much flack this season, though it's good for team morale that players like Elliss still believe in him.

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Dennis Allen has just a few more months to prove he's the man for the job -- let's see what he can do.