5 retread head coach options the Broncos could pursue for 2022

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Denver Broncos: Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen of the New Orleans Saints reacts before an NFL preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on August 29, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Dennis Allen a head coach option for the Broncos?

5. Dennis Allen (Saints DC)

Real ones will remember the Dennis Allen era in Denver.

The 2011 season was unforgettable for a lot of reasons, but what gets really underrated from that season (because of how magical Tim Tebow was at the end of games) was the work Dennis Allen did with Denver’s defense.

The defensive personnel that year was like a Picasso painting if you’ll recall.

Rookie Von Miller and veteran Elvis Dumervil were stars off the edge, but you had players like Andre Goodman and Quinton Carter playing significant snaps in that unit, not to mention, Champ Bailey on the back end of his career.

There would have been no magical Tim Tebow comebacks were it not for Dennis Allen’s defense keeping the Broncos in games.

He parlayed that success into a head coaching gig with the Oakland Raiders, maybe a handful of years too early.

After he was fired four games into the 2014 season by Oakland, Allen wound up going back to what he knew, signing on as a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints and taking their defensive coordinator job in 2015.

After ranking 31st in the NFL in scoring defense in 2016, Allen’s unit has improved in a huge way, ranking 10th in 2017, 14th in 2018, 13th in 2019, 5th in 2020, and 7th so far in 2021.

Allen is 49 years old and could be ready to take on head coaching duties once again.

Because he’s not an offensive-minded coach, Broncos fans might have a tough time getting on board with this one but Allen has made plenty of connections through the years so it would be interesting to see what kind of offensive coordinator he would bring in.