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Bronco Rob
01-25-2012, 06:15 PM
Broncos may need 7th coordinator in 7 seasons


By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer 4 hours, 47 minutes ago



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP)—It’s become an annual rite of winter in the Rocky Mountains.


With Dennis Allen reportedly preparing to leave Denver to coach the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos may soon find themselves searching for a seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons.


Other men who have filled the Mile High musical chair in the last six seasons are Larry Coyer (2006), Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009) and Don Martindale (2010).


The Broncos were hoping they had finally found some continuity with Allen. But the 39-year-old up-and-comer apparently impressed Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, much as he dazzled Broncos coach John Fox a year ago when he landed his first coordinator job after rising through the ranks in New Orleans and Atlanta.


Possible replacements for Allen could include Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith and former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio.


Allen helped the Broncos rebound from a dismal 2010 season during which they finished at or near the bottom on most major defensive categories as they staggered to a franchise-worst 4-12 record.


Improving across the board under Allen despite a spate of injuries, most notably in nearly doubling their sack total to 41, the Broncos won the AFC West title and upset Pittsburgh in the playoffs before losing to New England.


The Raiders hadn’t discussed the Allen reports as of Wednesday, and the Broncos have been mum on the matter since reports surfaced Tuesday night that the Raiders and Allen were hammering out details of a contract.


At his season-ending news conference last week, however, Fox said Allen deserved the opportunity to interview for NFL head coaching jobs and he praised Allen for the work he did “with the lack of an offseason, a pretty radical change on defense going from the 3-4 to the 4-3.”


“So, I thought he did a tremendous job,” Fox said.


A week ago, it appeared the coordinator the Broncos would lose this offseason was Mike McCoy, who drew interest from the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins, as well as the Raiders, for the work he did in adapting Denver’s offense midseason to fit the unique skill set of scrambling quarterback Tim Tebow.


The Rams and Raiders sought permission from the Broncos to speak with both of their coordinators, and Fox insisted losing one or both this offseason wouldn’t stunt the team’s progress.


“That’s my job, to bring in replacement coaches, if it were to get to that,” Fox said last week. “It’s no different than a year ago, when it was my job to hire them. Anytime you win, it’s a tribute to that success and you’re going to lose coaches and you’ve got to find good replacements.”


The leading in-house candidate is Smith, who previously served as defensive coordinator in Miami and Houston, and another strong possibility is Del Rio, who was fired as the Jaguars’ head coach in November.


Del Rio was Fox’s first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002, and he also left after one season, when he was hired by Jacksonville. His departure didn’t bother the Panthers, who promoted defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and went to the Super Bowl in 2003, losing 32-29 to New England on a last-second field goal.


As Broncos players cleared out their lockers last week, they praised the work Allen had done in quickly turning things around in Denver.


Star cornerback Champ Bailey said he was glad Allen was drawing interest from around the league, “but at the same time, to be selfish, I want him to be here because I want that stability.”



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Agamemnon
01-25-2012, 06:19 PM
It's pretty funny really. When we finally decide to stop firing our DC's the Raiders hire them. Hilarious!

extralife
01-25-2012, 06:42 PM
this really should be brought up in any discussion of Champ's place on all-time lists

orinjkrush
01-25-2012, 06:52 PM
faiders and pastriots are masters at taking from their competition...

DomCasual
01-25-2012, 07:10 PM
So, what's the hold-up? Hasn't he been "about to take the job" since Monday?

barryr
01-25-2012, 09:53 PM
this really should be brought up in any discussion of Champ's place on all-time lists

Why? Champ is just put on the left side of the field and that is pretty much it. Why any team would bother putting their best WR over there is beyond me.

bowtown
01-25-2012, 09:56 PM
Why? Champ is just put on the left side of the field and that is pretty much it. Why any team would bother putting their best WR over there is beyond me.

^^^

Doesn't watch Bronco games.

barryr
01-25-2012, 09:57 PM
^^^

Doesn't watch Bronco games.

Then start watching more.

JCMElway
01-26-2012, 08:44 AM
wow, defensive coordinator for us is like the Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts.

go_broncos
01-26-2012, 09:07 AM
Allen scheme sucks against average to good QB's.
I am glad he is gone.
I hope he takes Mccoy also.

BroncoBen
01-26-2012, 09:13 AM
Allen scheme sucks against average to good QB's.
I am glad he is gone.
I hope he takes Mccoy also.

Yea.. I think its going to be easier for the Broncos to replace a DC (Allen) than if it was going to be the OC (McCoy).. Allen my turn out to be a good head coach, I read where Jack Del Rio did the same thing.. 1 year as a DC then 7 years as a head coach.

Traveler
01-26-2012, 01:11 PM
For an 8-8 team, why are our coordinators in such high demand? We very well could be looking for new coodinators for both the offense and defense if McCoy hadn't overplayed his hand in MIA.

GreatBronco16
01-26-2012, 01:59 PM
So has Denver brought in anyone to interview yet? I'm liking the idea of trying to get Jack DelRio, but haven't heard much of anything yet.

bowtown
01-26-2012, 02:04 PM
So has Denver brought in anyone to interview yet? I'm liking the idea of trying to get Jack DelRio, but haven't heard much of anything yet.

How can we interview anyone? Elway and Fox are busy joyriding all over the country.

Play2win
01-26-2012, 02:05 PM
For an 8-8 team, why are our coordinators in such high demand? We very well could be looking for new coodinators for both the offense and defense if McCoy hadn't overplayed his hand in MIA.

Maybe its more like they want out of the "Tebow Situation".

Kaylore
01-26-2012, 02:26 PM
This is a serious problem. It pisses me off more than any other thing with the Broncos right now.

Tombstone RJ
01-26-2012, 02:50 PM
The reason there's been 7 diff DCs in the last 7 years is mainly due to a moron HC/GM in Shanahan who's ego smothered good judgement, the others are due to a bad Broncos front office hiring a HC who did not know how to manage people, and this last one is simply because Allen's stock is on the rise and he must give great interviews.

Bring in a front office and HC with some stability and this merry-go-round won't continue.