Ed’s Take–Jan. 27, 2011

New Broncos coach John Fox put the final pieces of his coaching staff together this week, and all eyes are on new defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

Coach Fox comes from a from a defensive background himself, and he wants toughness in his team. He wants guy who will hit you, punish you and gang-tackle all over the field. He wants to create more of a swarming defense that can force turnovers and get to the quarterback.

Fox is familiar with Allen from their recent time spent in the NFC South. Allen was most recently the Saints’ defensive backs coach, and before that was with the Atlanta Falcons, so they have a great deal of familiarity with one another from a football standpoint.

The coaching staff is the first step, but the defensive personnel is even more important. For an immediate boost, getting a healthy Elvis Dumervil back will help any coaching staff look better. He’s a tremendous talent, whose absence in 2010 hurt the Broncos’ defense immensely.

Broncos fans just want to see consistency on the defensive side of the ball. Allen is the team’s sixth defensive coordinator in six years. The key to successful defense is having a few stud players and a core group of guys who can play together a few years and not only learn the defense thoroughly, but develop an identity and an attitude that carries over to their performance.

As an offensive player, I love to see a team air out and score points, but when trying to change the attitude of an entire organization and return to a winning tradition, nothing does that more quickly than a smash-mouth tough defense that strikes fear in opponents.

What do you think? Do the Broncos’ recent moves give you confidence they’re headed in that direction?