NAPA, Calif. — Dennis Allen is an NFL head coach for the first time, but he's got plenty of company.
Four of the league's six new coaches have never held that position with any pro team, the others being Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano, Miami's Joe Philbin and Indianapolis' Chuck Pagano.
Mike Mularkey, Jacksonville's new coach, coached Buffalo for two seasons, and St. Louis' Jeff Fisher is heading into his 17th season as a head coach — two years shy of Mike Shanahan's total experience and tied for second with Bill Belichick.
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said of Fisher: "His natural vibe, his calmness, his confidence just rubs off on everyone. When you're around him for three, four months in the off-season and then you're around him in camp every day, I think everyone just kind of feeds off that. It takes over the team."