Lechler, 35, has been around the block, having recently completed his 12th season in the NFL. He also was a college teammate of Allen's at Texas A&M in 1995.
That puts Lechler in the unusual position of taking coaching from the same man he (hypothetically) pregamed with before a Better Than Ezra show at Reed Arena.
"I think it will be a good fit for us," said Lechler, whom Allen hosted on a recruiting trip to College Station. "He's a young, energetic guy. Smart guy. Been through a lot with Atlanta, then a lot with New Orleans, over to Denver and that defense. We'll take all the help we can get right now.
"I've known him forever. I think this will be a good fit."
Allen, 39, has his work cut out for him once he's settled in Oakland, but one position he doesn't have to worry about is punter. Lechler is a seven-time Pro Bowl pick who was on the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.