Broncos keep Gase, add Rodgers, will speak to Allen

Update 7:13PM ET - Adam Gase has decided to remain with the Broncos, but as previously speculated upon, he will switch from coaching the team's wide receivers to tutoring its quarterbacks. As expected, the team also hired Jeff Rodgers to coach their special teams; Rodgers had filled the same role in Carolina under head coach John Fox.

Gase has worked as a QB coach before, for the Lions in 2007 when Mike Martz was running Detroit's offense. 2011 will mark Gase's seventh season as an NFL coach, following three years in Detroit, one in San Francisco and the past two years in Denver as the Broncos' WR coach.

Rodgers is the younger brother of new Broncos defensive quality control coach Jay Rodgers and has coached in the NFL for seven seasons, including five seasons in San Francisco.

Original Story 4:03PM ET - Accoring to Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune, the Broncos have again received permission to speak to a New Orleans assistant - this time it's defensive backs coach Dennis Allen for Denver's vacant defensive coordinator position. Allen has coached the Saints' secondary for three seasons following two years as an assistant defensive line coach. Prior to that, Allen was an assistant with the Falcons, and thus likely familiar with Broncos GM Brian Xanders.

Under Allen's guidance, the Saints' pass defense allowed the fewest passing TDs and 4th-fewest passing yards in 2010 but also garnered the fewest interceptions. In 2009, the Saints' pass D was 26th in yardage but 5th in TDs and 3rd in INTs. In 2008, Allen's first year as secondary coach, the Saints were 23rd in passing yards allowed, 18th in TDs and 11th in INTs.

Allen will also reportedly speak to the Eagles about their DC opening. (Thanks, tom3565)


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