clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Report: Denver Broncos Hire Saints' Dennis Allen As Defensive Coordinator

The Denver Broncos reportedly have a new defensive coordinator. Multiple sources report that the New Orleans Saints secondary coach, Dennis Allen, has been hired by Denver. Allen interviewed with the Broncos last Friday.

Allen comes from a team that mainly uses a 4-3 defensive front, but has done what Fox looks to do with the defense: play with a hybrid defense. The Saints defense has had success over the last three seasons creating turnovers, especially interceptions.

Allen, 38, was with the Atlanta Falcons from 2002-2005 when the Broncos' current general manager, Brian Xanders, was part of the player personnel department.

The Broncos had looked at Jim Mora Jr., a former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks. He was fired by the Seahawks after the 2009 season and joined the NFL Network. He pulled his name out of consideration because he felt it was not the right time to re-enter the league.

Sean McDermott was also a possibility. He was the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator before head coach Andy Reid relieved him of his job. However, the Carolina Panthers, John Fox's old team, swooped in and hired McDermott.

Now the tough part comes for the Broncos in rebuilding a defense that has broken down over the last several seasons.