January 26, 2011

Broncos Complete Coaching Staff

As the title suggests the Broncos have finished putting together their staff for the upcoming season and are now down at the Senior Bowl having a look at the senior prospects. The Broncos rounded out their staff with the addition of 3 more coaches, this included the most important coach, the Defensive Coordinator.

The Denver Broncos hired the New Orleans secondary coach Dennis Allen to be our defensive coordinator.

Denver also hired linebackers coach Richard Smith and linebacker coach Ron Milus. Both Smith and Milus were with John Fox in Carolina. Fox has now brought five of his Carolina coaches with him to Denver. The pair both coached in Denver under Mike Shanahan and Smith was a defensive coordinator in the NFL.

Allen, 38, is beginning his first stint as an NFL defensive coordinator. He is considered one of the bright young defensive minds in the league and in addition to Smith, Allen can also rely on Fox as he grows into his new job. The Broncos hope Allen will bring stability to a unit that has had six different coordinators in six seasons.

This season, the Saints ranked fourth in the league in pass defense, one of just five teams to hold opponents to less than 200 passing yards per game.

In 2009, he coached a group of defensive backs that posted 20 interceptions -- five of which were returned for touchdowns -- in the regular season.

The 10-year coach also spent two seasons as an assistant defensive line coach for the Saints, and his group combined for 48.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries during that stretch.

It will be interesting to see what the Broncos Defense will become as a move back to the 4-3 seems very likely. Fox has previously said he was open to running either a 4-3 or a 3-4 defensive front scheme. The key I believe to the switch will be finding to effectively use of Elvis Dumervil who has a huge contract. Dumervil was much more effective in the 3-4 at OLB then he was at DE in a 4-3. He has been known to struggle against the run in the 4-3 and was played mostly in only passing situations. It will be interesting to see how they use him and what look the Broncos use because his huge contract will be an issue (can't buy a DE that much just for passing downs).

The other coaches, Milus is an 11-year NFL coaching veteran. His previous stops include Arizona (2003), the New York Giants (2004-05) and St. Louis (2006-08). He also spent nine years in the college ranks, including eight at Washington.

Smith has coached in the NFL for 23 seasons. He was Houston's defensive coordinator from 2006-08, and held the same position at Miami in 2005.

Smith was the Broncos' special teams coach from 1993-96 and also coached linebackers from 1993-94.

The complete Broncos Coaching Staff can be found here ~ Aussie.

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