After leaving for New England this morning, the Broncos just got a bit of good news before tomorrow’s epic primetime clash with the New England Patriots. For the first time in six seasons, the Denver Broncos will have the same defensive coordinator as the year before.
With the news that the St. Louis Rams have hired Jeff Fisher as head coach, Broncos defensive guru Dennis Allen will not be lured away from Dove Valley–at least for 2012.
It marks the second sigh of relief for Bronco fans this week, as offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was taken out of the conversation for the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching position with the hiring of Mike Mularkey on Tuesday.
The continuity is a welcome change in Denver, after changing systems like Oakland Raiders head coaches under Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels the past six years.
This time, the threat of change on defense was not because of ineptitude or clashing egos. The Broncos have become one of the NFL’s more dominant units this season under Allen, after statistically fielding the league’s softest defense in 2010.
Allen and the Bronco defense will get to match wits with the league’s elite tomorrow night, visiting Tom Brady and the explosive Patriots in a rematch of a Week 15 loss.