Posted Thu Jan 20th by Monty
New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Dennis Allen is the latest NFL assistant to draw interest from both the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles for each team’s open defensive coordinator position. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that both the Broncos and Eagles have received permission to interview Allen.
Allen, 38, has served as the Saints’ secondary coach for the last three seasons after serving as the Saints’ assistant defensive line coach in 2006-2007. Before that, he spent four years as an assistant with the Atlanta Falcons.
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.
Allen’s another defensive assistant with no coordinator or playcalling experience, but an up-and-comer with a well-rounded base working with multiple positions on the defense. The Broncos appear to be doing their homework — or at least making sure they don’t miss out on anyone in which the Eagles are interested.