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Old 01-24-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
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Breaking news: Broncos have a new d-coordinator - dennis allen. Story being posted now at foxsports.com

https://twitter.com/alexmarvez/status/29760702705049600

Just got it confirmed from the Broncs ... Dennis Allen is the new DC. He was the DB's coach in New Orleans.

https://twitter.com/VicLombardi/stat...63759874510848

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Old 01-24-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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Good luck to him. What is his background..4-3 or 3-4?
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:47 PM   #4
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Wow... I thought for sure waiting on Trgovac was the plan. Oh well, Welcome Dennis Allen!
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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Who cares let's talk about Cutler some more.
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Was it Michael Lombardi that had a piece this week, noting the praise for Allen?
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:50 PM   #7
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Found his wiki page. Cool guy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Allen
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:50 PM   #8
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We passed on his boss Gregg Williams and took him. Interesting.
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Footsteps - he's from Hurst. Let's send a fruit basket.
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He has coached under Wade Phillips, Jim Mora, Greg Williams.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:53 PM   #11
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Found his wiki page. Cool guy:

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Allen, nicknamed Mr. Death or Mr. D, was believed to have been involved in up to 13 underworld murders, including the dismembering of a Hells Angels biker with a chainsaw.
Finally! Someone who will bring some aggression to the defense.
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I'm pretty sure I read that he's been involved with both the 3-4 and 4-3.
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Entering his fifth year with the Saints, Dennis Allen begins his third season as secondary coach after serving as assistant defensive line coach during his first two years with the club. A nine-year NFL coaching veteran, Allen brings a well-rounded base of experience to his position – with an emphasis on working with defensive backs – and a strong reputation for his teaching skills.

In 2009, the Saints’ secondary overcame injuries to both starting cornerbacks that cost them much of the second half of the season, but still posted 20 interceptions and returned five of those picks for touchdowns. Defensive backs also made large contributions in the postseason, with CB Tracy Porter intercepting a pass late in the NFC Championhip game to send the game to overtime and returning an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV to ice the victory.

While serving as assistant defensive line coach from 2006-07, Allen helped develop a unit that ranked as one of the strengths of the Saints’ defense. During that stretch, the defensive front combined for 48.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries and DE Will Smith was voted to the 2006 Pro Bowl.

Allen joined the Saints after a four-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent his final two years as defensive assistant/quality control, with an emphasis on working with the defensive line. Over the previous two seasons, he was in charge of defensive quality control while helping tutor the secondary.

Over his last two years in Atlanta, the Falcons’ defense was paced by the play of the front four. In 2004, Atlanta led the NFL for the first time in club history with 48 sacks and the unit sent DE Patrick Kerney to the Pro Bowl. In 2005 DT Rod Coleman represented the club in the Pro Bowl and the Falcons notched 37 sacks.

In 2002, Allen’s first year with the Falcons, he assisted in coaching the defensive backfield. Atlanta improved to 16th against the pass after ranking 30th the year before, and tied for third in the NFL with 24 interceptions.

Taking over as the Saints’ secondary coach in 2008 was a return to Allen’s coaching roots. He had two stints working with defensive backs in the past on the college level.

Allen worked as the secondary coach for the University of Tulsa (2000-01) before heading to the NFL. Prior to his stint at Tulsa, Allen was on the coaching staff for four years (1996-99) at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant, working primarily with the school’s secondary.

A native of Hurst, Texas, Allen earned four letters for Texas A&M as a safety from 1992-95 and started the final 21 games of his career. A highlight was his fourth-quarter interception that clinched an 18-9 victory over Texas in 1993, sending the Aggies to their third-straight Cotton Bowl. He collected Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after intercepting two passes in a 36-14 win over Oklahoma in 1994.

Allen was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills and competed in their training camp in 1996. Allen’s father, Grady, was a linebacker for the Falcons from 1969-72.

He and his wife, Alisson, have a son, Garrison and a daughter, Layla.

PLAYING CAREER: Texas A&M, 1992-95.
COACHING CAREER: Texas A&M, 1996-1999; University of Tulsa, 2000-01; Atlanta Falcons, 2002-05; New Orleans Saints, 2006-.
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Ha ha...LD Bell guy, Tommy Maddox old HS. I used to jog there.
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Can someone break down similarities between saints/Broncos rosters? What we can expect?
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I taught drums there from 99-02. I remember that track well.
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Dude has been a fine positional coach all over the defensive side of the ball, and got good tutoring from Gregg Williams and Jim Johnson.

Hopefully that will translate to being a good DC.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:02 PM   #19
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New Orleans Saints assistant Dennis Allen ready to move up coaching ladder, Sean Payton says

Whether or not New Orleans Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen leaves for a defensive coordinator gig in the coming days, Coach Sean Payton said he expects him to move up the coaching ranks eventually.

"It's a small league, and there aren't many secrets," Payton said. "His reputation has grown, and the word has gotten around. You can see it on film. He's extremely talented, and another thing about him, he's an extremely hard-working guy. He's a guy that's going to have more of these opportunities down the line."

Allen, 38, is scheduled to interview with the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles for their coordinator vacancies this weekend. Payton said the tentative plan is for Allen to interview for the Broncos job Friday and Saturday, followed by the Eagles on Saturday and Sunday.

Teams aren't required to allow their assistants to interview for coordinator positions, and some teams choose to deny such requests. But Payton said he and General Manager Mickey Loomis believe in giving their assistants the chance to leave for promotions such as this. The Saints previously lost offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Doug Marrone when he became head coach at Syracuse late in the 2008 season.

"It's always a tough thing, wanting your coaches to have the opportunity but not wanting to lose them," said Payton, who is particularly close friends with new Broncos Coach John Fox -- a good and bad thing in this case. "This experience of going through the interview process and getting his name out there is deserved. He has done a very good job. He's extremely well thought of within this building."

Although Allen is relatively young and inexperienced in the NFL coaching ranks, Payton said he has the leadership skills and presence that will make him stand out in such interviews, as well as the right skill set.

The Broncos job would seem to be a more likely fit since Fox is a defensive coach by trade. He will be heavily involved on that side of the ball, rather than turning the reins over to a newly hired assistant.

Allen's candidacy was seen as more of a surprise in Philadelphia since the Eagles just fired their own young coordinator, Sean McDermott, who was promoted from secondary coach to defensive coordinator two years ago. The Eagles were expected to seek a replacement with more experience, but so far they have been kicking the tires on a variety of candidates.

Allen became part of Payton's original staff in 2006, when he pieced together a collection of coaches who were willing to move to post-Katrina New Orleans for a massive rebuilding project.

Allen started as the Saints' assistant defensive line coach after serving as a lower-level assistant with the Atlanta Falcons. Payton said he had heard "a ton of good things about him" in Atlanta, and he said the former college safety was projected as a future secondary coach. Allen made the move after the team parted ways with secondary coach Tom Hayes in 2008.

"Dennis has been one of those 'Day 1' guys from when we got here in '06. And his role each year has encompassed more and more," Payton said of Allen, whose role was overshadowed by the high-profile additions of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and free agents Jabari Greer and Darren Sharper in 2009.

The Saints' secondary has emerged as one of the team's strengths and one of the NFL's best units during the past two years.

A native of Hurst, Texas, Allen played safety at Texas A&M and signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 1996, but he never played in the NFL. He began his coaching career at Texas A&M and Tulsa before joining the Falcons.

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:02 PM   #20
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Okay, when do they tell us what base front he's going to run?
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Ahh, the most overrated hire of the Broncos offseason - the man that will be to John Fox what Mike McCoy was to Josh McDaniels.
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The real question is who is going to replace him next year?
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Sounds OK. Would have prefered a defensive line guru instead of a secondary guy...our defensive back haven't been the issue.
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Sounds OK. Would have prefered a defensive line guru instead of a secondary guy...our defensive back haven't been the issue.
He worked with the D-line earlier in his career.
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