Jonathan Wilhite (29) , Ryan McBean (98) , Robert Ayers (91) , Elvis Dumervil (92) and Jason Hunter (52) combine for a tackle on Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber (24). (Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)

Broncos Will Heighten Defense Despite Losing Allen


The Denver Broncos are a work in progress on defense.

In 2010, the team was 32nd in points allowed (29.4), 32nd in yards per game allowed (390.8), and last in sacks (23.0). Couple that with a 31st ranked rush defense and 25th ranked pass defense, and it’s easy to see why the Broncos brought in defensive minded head coach John Fox.

Fox hired Dennis Allen as the team’s defensive coordinator and in 2011, and the Broncos finished the year 24th in points allowed (24.4), 20th in yards per game allowed (357.8), and 11th in sacks (41.0). They improved to a 22nd rush defense and an 18th pass defense.

What happens then with Allen making the jump to the Raiders and Jack Del Rio now manning the defense? According to Fox, the team will expand on their defense.

“We’ll be able to do more,” Fox said. “Whether Dennis (Allen) was here or not, we were still going to adjust. You’ve got to remember, we were a new staff. We switched from 3-4 to 4-3. I don’t think we got to all parts of our notebook.”

Fox isn’t going to tell us what changes will come.

“I don’t get too much into detail (for competitive advantages), but there will be more.”

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