Maybe the stars are aligned and the perfect coach is set to join the Broncos staff as head coach. That’s the only reason that the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints could have lost to the Seattle Seahawks during the bye week, right?
Because the Saints’ season is over, the Broncos have moved quickly to set up an interview with Saints’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. According to John Elway’s Twitter page, Williams will interview with the Broncos on Wednesday.
As the list of candidates grow, I would say that on paper, Williams and Texans’ offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison, sound like the right fit for very different reasons.
Williams is a year removed from a Super Bowl win. His 2010 defense was ranked 7th in points allowed per game, 16th in rush defense, and 4th in pass defense. The Saints were also ranked 3rd in forced fumbles. His most recent history shows a tremendous amount of success on the defensive side of the ball, and he’s most likely learned a lot from Saints’ head coach, Sean Peyton, about what it takes to bring a team back from the gutter of the league. He could be the one to find the pulse of the Broncos defense once again.
Meanwhile, Rick Dennison is set to interview for the head coaching position on Tuesday. Dennison’s offensive mind could certainly bring the Broncos’ running game back in full force. He did an outstanding job with league leading rusher, Arian Foster, this season. More important than the numbers, however, is his investment in the Broncos as a franchise. After playing with the team as a linebacker/special teams’ player in the 1980’s he was an assistant coach with the Broncos from 1995-2009. He knows what the team means to the city and its fans.
Unless Jon Gruden decides to seek some fresh Rocky Mountain air outside of the broadcast booth, then Williams and Dennison sit at the top of my list.
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