Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT Broncos Carne Asada, presented by Bud Light Broncos Carne Asada, presented by Bud Light
    August 6, 2016 12-2 p.m.
    Lincoln Park in Greeley, Colorado
    First 500 fans will receive free food and drink
  • Sat., Aug. 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Broncos Bowl Broncos Bowl
    Date: Saturday 8/13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: Annual youth and NFL FLAG Football event at stadium
  • Sun., Aug. 21, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT Broncos Carne Asada, presented by Bud Light Broncos Carne Asada, presented by Bud Light
    August 21, 2016 12-2 p.m.
    Mile High Flea Market in Henderson, Colorado
    First 500 fans will receive free food and drink
  • Sun., Sep. 04, 2016 8:00 AM MDT 2016 Back to Football 7k The 2016 Broncos Back to Football 7k date is Sunday, September 4, 2016! Click here for more information
  • Sun., Sep. 04, 2016 8:30 AM MDT Health & Wellness Expo Broncos 7K, followed by Health & Wellness Expo
  • Mon., Sep. 12, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT PLAY 60 Kickoff PLAY 60 Kickoff
    Date: Monday 9/12 4-6 pm
    Location: Owen Boys & Girls Club
    Description: Annual kickoff for the Fall PLAY 60 Challenge
  • Mon., Sep. 12, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Mom’s Football Safety Clinic Mom’s Football Safety Clinic
    Date: Monday 9/12 6-9 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: Third annual Mom’s Football Safety Clinic.
  • Tue., Sep. 13, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT PLAY 60 Kickoff PLAY 60 Kickoff
    Date: Tuesday 9/13 4-6 pm
    Location: Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club
    Description: Annual kickoff for the Fall PLAY 60 Challenge
  • Tue., Sep. 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Mom’s Football Safety Clinic Mom’s Football Safety Clinic
    Date: Tuesday 9/13 6-9 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: Third annual Mom’s Football Safety Clinic.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Hometown Huddle
    Date: Monday 10/3 5-7 pm
    Location: UCHealth Training Facility
    Description: Annual celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver kids participating in the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge.
Print
RSS

Notebook: Situation Familiar to Allen

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen was in a similar position in the Wild Card round last season on the New Orleans Saints staff; Broncos need to limit turnovers; Injury report.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the NFL, the mantra is anything can happen any given Sunday.
 
That's a fact that's all-to-familiar to Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen. Allen has witnessed first-hand the unpredictable nature of the NFL playoffs. Last year, when he was on the staff of the defending Super Bowl-champion New Orleans Saints, he saw the 7-9, NFC West-champion Seattle Seahawks capitalize on their home-field advantage en route to an unlikely first-round victory.
 
"It was really basically the same situation (as the Broncos are in)," Allen said. "We went on the road to go to Seattle where everybody in the media was saying they had no chance. Tony Dungy said they shouldn't even show up, and that's not the way it works in the National Football League. Everybody's got a chance on any given Sunday. We're thankful that we've got an opportunity to play again. We're going to take it one game at a time and see what happens."
 
Allen said both he and Head Coach John Fox have talked to the team regarding that game and others they have been a part of as the 8-8 Broncos play host to the 12-4 Steelers Sunday.
 
As the players have been saying all week, everyone starts fresh in the playoffs with a 0-0 record.
 
"Yeah. I told the guys, and Coach Fox even brought it up," Allen said. "I was in that same exact situation, except I was on the other end. We were the big, bad Saints, supposed to go in there and win the game. It was going to be easy for us, and there's never an easy game in the National Football League. I don't care what the score says. It's always hard, so our guys are prepared to play to a really good Pittsburgh Steelers team."
 
MCCOY, BRONCOS PREPARE FOR STEELERS D
 
In terms of defensive coordinators, few have the aura of the Steelers' Dick LeBeau.
 
LeBeau, who is in his 53rd year in the NFL, has made his name trotting out defenses that resemble brick walls. This year was no different, as the Steelers rank No. 1 in total defense and pass defense.
 
Broncos Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy has spent all week devising a plan to try to break down the Steelers defense that even with the absence of their leading tackler in safety Ryan Clark, is still formidable.
 
"This team traditionally for years with Coach LeBeau has been outstanding," McCoy said. "When someone goes down, someone steps up and steps in, and they don't skip a beat. They've done a great job on personnel for a number of years every time I can remember from watching them. Coach LeBeau is an outstanding football coach. They are well-prepared. They're very disciplined. They don't make a lot of mistakes, and they fly around. They play the game the way it's supposed to be played."
 
McCoy said that while the defense can sometimes dictate the passing game on certain plays, a lot of the coaching and play-calling depends on the flow of the game. He doesn't have a set formula to get quarterback Tim Tebow into a rhythm, as it depends on how the game is being played out.
 
However, McCoy is still comfortable with the offensive system that has been working for the Broncos in the last few months of the season, in which they've gone 7-4. But in order for them to be successful against the Steelers defense, they need to limit their turnovers. During their six-game winning streak, the Broncos had five total turnovers. In the past three games -- all losses -- they've had nine.
 
"The one thing you're going to look at, too, is we've turned the ball over the last couple weeks, and that's something that when we were winning games, we weren't turning the ball over," McCoy said. "The system is still in place. We're running a lot of the same plays, concepts, schemes -- whatever you want to call it -- when we were winning the football games. What it comes down to is just our entire football team doing a better job and just tightening up a little bit and getting it done."
 
INJURY REPORT
 
Here is the injury report from Thursday.
 
For the Broncos:
 
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: Safety Brian Dawkins (neck), fullback Spencer Larsen (knee), cornerback Johnathan Wilhite (illness).
 
LIMITED: Wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe), safety David Bruton (Achilles).
 
FULL: Linebacker Von Miller (thumb).
 
For the Steelers:
 
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: Cornerback Cortez Allen (shoulder), linebacker James Harrison (toe), defensive end Brett Keisel (groin), running back Mewelde Moore (knee), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle).
 
LIMITED: Tackle Jonathan Scott (back).
 
FULL: Guard Doug Legursky (shoulder), linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle).

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.