Thursday, January 20, 2011

Allen, not Pees interviewing for defensive coordinator job

Andy Reid and the Eagles are scheduled to interview 38-year-old Saints defensive backs coach Dennis Allen this weekend for the vacant defensive coordinator job, according to a league source.

The Bronocs also want to interview Allen according to a report.

Eagles veteran assistant coach Dick Jauron, 60, remains the fallback plan. Keep in mind, though, that the Eagles gave him permission to speak with the Browns about their defensive coordinator job.

The Eagles privately refuted they sought permission to interview
Ravens linebackers coach Dean Pees for the coordinator post.

Speaking of the Browns, ESPN reported they are interviewing former Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis and former University of
Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt today for their vacant defensive
coordinator position.

Davis also is a consideration for the Eagles' job. His father Bill worked for the Birds a portion of the Buddy Ryan era.

Allen has coached the Saints' secondary the last three seasons, including he past two under Gregg Williams, one of the top defensive coordinators in the league.

Allen was assistant defensive line coach for the Saints for two years through the 2007 season. He also was an assistant with the Falcons, serving under Wade Phillips, another successful defensive coordinator.

Allen played safety at Texas A&M and got a tryout with the Buffalo Bills but didn't play in the NFL.


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