Rams' job won't distract Denver DC

January, 11, 2012
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In a testimony to his fantastic work with the Denver Broncos’ defense, first-year defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is receiving head coaching interest from elsewhere.

Allen is set to interview for the St. Louis Rams’ head coaching job Thursday. However, Allen told reporters in Denver on Wednesday that his primary is on the Broncos’ AFC divisional playoff game at New England on Saturday.

“Obviously, I’m thrilled about it, but really, at the end of the day my focus is to try to win a game against the New England Patriots, and that’s the only thing that I’m concerned with right now,” Allen said. “At the end of the day, we’re focused on New England, and we’re trying to win this game, and whatever happens after that, that’s in somebody else’s hands.”

Allen credited the Broncos players for the Rams’ interest. Denver was ranked last in most defensive statistical categories in 2010. However, under Allen, Denver’s defense has been much improved and it is a big reason why the 9-8 Broncos are still alive in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Kansas City director of college scouting Phil Emery and San Diego director of player personnel Jimmy Raye are among four candidates the Bears are interviewing for their open general manager job.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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