The New Orleans Saints recently hired Dennis Allen to join the team in a senior defensive coaching role and is rumored as a possible replacement at coordinator if Rob Ryan doesn’t suffice. Allen worked with the Black and Gold as a defensive line assistant (2006-2007) and as the secondary coach (2008-2010) before taking his talents to the Denver Broncos (2011) as the defensive coordinator and then on to the Oakland Raiders as the head coach (2012-2014).
“Today I was up at the facility and walked by and said hello (to Allen). I’m excited to work with him. I’ve heard nothing but great things about him. He’s a very intelligent coach. He’s very detail-oriented, that’s something we definitely need.”
Lofton explained how he was not concerned about sour encounters between Allen and Rob Ryan. “You can’t have too many good players, and you can use that for coaches — you can’t have too many good coaches on the staff,” Lofton said. “I think he’s just going to make us better. Sean (Payton) is one of those guys who’s going to go out and get the best.”
Well, after a disappointing and often embarrassing performance in 2014, the best is what Curtis Lofton and the Saints need. To be a preseason Super Bowl favorite then finish 7-9 and miss out on the playoffs is completely unacceptable.
It was miscommunication all around for players and coaches, and it’s up to both sides to get the team back on track. The personnel changes that have been made up to this point seem convincing, but it’s likely that the renovations are not yet complete. However, it is nice to see the eagerness and enthusiasm expressed by the Saints’ defensive captain (Lofton) towards Allen.
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