Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos announced last night that Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen would become their new defensive coordinator, their sixth in six seasons. Denver will have had a new coordinator for five straight seasons, starting with Jim Bates in 2007, followed by Bob Slowik, Mike Nolan, Wink Martindale and now Allen. Allen has worked for two seasons under the leadership of Saints DC Gregg Williams, who declined an interview with the Broncos for their head-coaching position. He coached the defensive backs in New Orleans for three seasons, and in 2010 the Saints allowed the fewest TD passes in the NFL. They also ranked 4th in fewest attempts and yards allowed, but were last in the league in interceptions despite Williams' penchant for the blitz. During the Saints' championship season of 2009, Allen's group ranked 26th in passing yards but allowed the 5th-fewest passing TDs and were 3rd in the NFL in interceptions.
In addition to coaching defensive backs, Allen has a good deal of experience working with defensive linemen - he was an assistant DL coach for two seasons with New Orleans and focused on the line in four years as a defensive assistant with Atlanta prior. The 38-year-old Allen hails from Hurst, TX and played four seasons in college as a safety at Texas A&M.
Allen's profile on the Saints' website.
Mason's story on the Allen hire.
Legwold suspects that the hiring of Allen confirms that Denver will be switching back to a 4-3 front next season.
Legwold on Brandon Lloyd's nod as a second-team All-Pro. (IAOFM reader studbucket astutely pointed out that it simply means he may have received a single vote.)
Gabe Hiatt continues his recap of the Broncos' season with a third installment.
Klis on Jay Cutler's injury and departure from Denver.
Legwold says Tim Tebow will become a better QB when he becomes a more accurate passer. Man, is that deep, or what?! He also pulls out what has clearly become his primo
bullshit go-to line of "Most pro personnel people in the NFL."
Well, what do you know?! Legwold couldn't resist using it again, this time saying that "most NFL personnel people" consider Knowshon Moreno to be a "situational back". Here's my guess as to how Legwold operates - he sends out a group email to the 6 personnel people who will take his call. Perhaps the email reads, "Knowshon is a situational back, right?" and if he gets 3 responses and 2 of them say "Yes" then he arrives at his "Most seasoned NFL personnel expert evaluators would say" garbage. You know - 2 out of 3 is most, right?
Former Broncos TE Nate Jackson shares firsthand knowledge of what an MCL injury does to an athlete, plus he explains why other players don't like Jay Cutler. (Thanks, JDunn!)
Phil Rivers sticks up for Cutler. Well, not really. Rivers actually says he'd "have to have been taken off in a cart" to be removed from the same game.
Matt Bowen has had enough of the toughness talk.
Bengals owner Mike Brown says he's not trading Carson Palmer.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo wants to extend Lovie Smith's contract.
Neil Paine ranks all of the SB matchups in terms of combined franchise success.
Why did the Green & White of NJ lose on Sunday? Simple. Aside from being a loser organization, their Sanchize was too busy digging for gold to concern himself with winning a football game.
The Football Guys share their insights from the first day of Senior Bowl practice.
Mason's notes from the Senior Bowl.
Gators CB Janoris Jenkins didn't help his draft stock by getting arrested with the ganja...