Zimmer will be a first-time head coach after spending the last 14 seasons as a defensive coordinator for three different NFL teams, the last six with Cincinnati, but Turner has 15 years as an NFL head coach on his resume. Six of those were spent in San Diego from 2007 to 2012. Turner spent last season as the offensive coordinator for Cleveland, but coach Rob Chudzinski was fired there, leaving the staff in limbo.
Raiders GM expresses faith in his coach and team's future
McKenzie said he believes the team is on the cusp of turning around what has been a decade-long tailspin and likes the direction the franchise is moving under Allen.
Oakland ended the season on a six-game losing streak and dropped eight of its last nine. Allen's 8-24 record after two years is the worst of any Raiders coach since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. McKenzie still gave Allen a vote of confidence and pointed out the team's dearth of talent on the roster.
McKenzie also spoke enthusiastically about heading into the off-season armed with more than $50 million worth of salary cap space and a full allotment of draft picks.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is still going through concussion testing and has not been cleared for Sunday's NFC championship game. He did not practice Thursday. Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said the only deadline for Harvin is the one determined by doctors who must clear Harvin for him to be able to play against San Francisco.
New England quarterback Tom Brady, who has been dealing with a cold and sat out practice Wednesday, returned to practice Thursday and said he felt fine.