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Coordinated Attack

Posted Aug 1, 2011

Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy and Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen talk about their plans and expectations for the season.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos offensive and defensive coordinators have specific goals in mind as they prepare for the upcoming season.
 
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy wants to establish a productive running game to provide his unit with more balance.
 
And first-year Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen wants to create an attack-minded, fast-flowing unit keen on making plays.
 
For these coaches the challenge comes with executing those plans on game day, and the process towards building that success has begun in training camp.
 
Offensively, the Broncos added Willis McGahee to complement Knowshon Moreno and strengthen the rushing attack that McCoy hopes will set the foundation for a productive system.
 
"We all know (Head) Coach (John) Fox wants to run the football and we've always had a two-headed monster in the backfield since 2002, when I started working with him," McCoy said. "We've always had two guys that are going to run the football and it doesn't matter who's in the game, we are going to keep doing it.
 
"Then you build the passing game off that."
 
McCoy mentioned his days with Fox in Carolina with the Panthers, and while some similarities to that offense are expected, McCoy explained that there will be added wrinkles to enhance the offense.
 
"We've got plenty of new things that we're working with," McCoy said. "You'll see plenty of stuff that we've done here the past couple of years - a lot of things we did in Carolina, because it's the same system. Things are called differently, but then we're going to add plenty of things that, as an offensive staff, we think that all the players can execute."
 
Allen wants his defense to execute in conjunction with a physical mindeset he's instilled from day one.
 
"We're going to be attacking, aggressive and try to be as physical as we can," Allen said. "We're going to get after it."
 
The Broncos' new defensive coordinator is tasked with improving a defense that finshed as the worst statistical unit in the NFL, and to do so, Allen says the culture must change.
 
That aggressive mentality must become contagious, and schematically Allen plans on dialing up the pressure.
 
"We want to be a violent, aggressive defense that plays within the rules, but we're going to try to hit you as hard as we can," Allen said. "Obviously, schematically we're going to try to bring pressure in different areas when we get you in those types of downs and distances."
 
Both coordinators will continue to spend long hours finalizing their schemes and installing their systems, but both are well aware that the ultimate success of the team comes down to the performance of their players.
 
A shortened offseason has created unique challenges for coaches and players alike, but it will be up to McCoy and Allen to give their players the opportunity to flourish.
 
"We're going through the process right now of really knowing exactly who we have, exactly what their personalities are and exactly what positions are going to fit our guys," Allen said. "It's our job to find out what they can do well and put them in those positions."