The New Orleans Saints are retaining defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. Allen took over the team’s defense when the team fired former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during its bye week.
Allen – if he hasn’t already agreed to a new deal – will get a full season to work with the Saints defense. A week ago, the team announced that head coach Sean Payton wasn’t going anywhere during his end-of-year press conference.
During his presser, Payton asked if he would bring Allen back. However, he declined at that time to say whether he would or wouldn’t. But now it looks like he’ll be back.
He did say that Payton did a good job stepping in for Ryan, who had a horrendous defense in his final two seasons. The former Oakland Raiders head coach took over a defense that was one of the worst this past season.
In fact, they were 31st in the league in yards allowed at 413.8 per game. In addition, they were last ion points allowed with 29.8 per game. Those numbers were slightly better with Allen instead of Ryan in the final few weeks of the season.
In the final six games of the season, all under Allen, the team gave up 395.3 yards per game and 26.8 points per game.
Once the team officially names Allen as their defensive coordinator, they’ll be the third team to hire a defensive coordinator this month. However, Allen is the only hold over of the new DC’s.
The Indianapolis Colts hired Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino as their new defensive coordinator. And the Dolphins hired Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph as their new defensive coordinator under new head coach Adam Gase.