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Broncos to block Falcons from interviewing top defensive coaches

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At a time when teams are looking to interview and hire their next head coach in the NFL, some teams are looking ahead and trying to find upgrades for their own coaching staff.

On January 13, the Atlanta Falcons asked the Denver Broncos for permission to interview Denver’s defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero for her position as defensive coordinator. after Tom Pelissero.

Since Evero is still signed to the Broncos and it would be a fling, Denver is reportedly planning to ban Evero from interviews with Atlanta. by Troy Renck from Denver 7.

Even Parker Gabriel reported from the Denver PostNo big surprise, but multiple sources say so Broncos will not allow DC Evero needed, who is signed next year, interviewing for the job with the Falcons DC. They can block lateral movement and it’s still pretty early in their own HC quest. The next few weeks will be exciting.”

Last season, Atlanta’s defense ranked 23rd in the standings but struggled to generate turnovers. The Falcons forced just 17 turnovers in 18 games and had a -4 turnover differential.

With the Broncos still searching for their next head coach, Evero could stay with the team for a second straight season, depending on whether the next head coach wants to keep Evero as defensive coordinator.

While Evero has found success with the Broncos this season, he’s rising as one of the top head-coaching contenders in the NFL.

Evero has interviewed three teams for a head coaching position since the Denver season ended, the Broncos, Colts and Texans.

Evero was Denver’s first in-person interview after they virtually interviewed Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

There are also some rumors that Evero deliberately “bombed” his interview with the Broncos, according to former Broncos defenseman and radio host Derek Wolfe.

“I heard he deliberately bombarded the interview. I heard he campaigned for it [Nathaniel] Blame Hackett and Russ [Wilson]’ Wolfe said on his Denver radio show.

Evero and Hackett have known each other and have been friends since they played football together at UC Davis.

After the Broncos fired Hackett after a 4-11 record, Evero was the first and most logical person to offer general manager George Paton the interim job.

The first-time defensive coordinator explained why he turned down the job with just two weeks left in the season.

“At the end of the day, this is not a situation that neither of us wanted to be in and we all agreed that the best thing for this team was to keep working with that defense.” Evero continued, “I think this is where I can get the best value for this team.”

It’s possible that Evero decided not to take the interim job knowing he’ll be a popular candidate in the off-season. There’s also a possibility that if Evero leads in the last two games and Denver loses both, he could have hurt him during interviews with other teams.

In his first season as defensive coordinator, Evero’s defense ranked 14th in the league in points allowed, but they were close to the top for most of the season.

In the first 12 games of the season, Denver’s defense only allowed more than 20 points in three games. In the last five games, Evero’s defense has kept the opposing offensive under 20 points only once.

In those five games that ended the season, Denver’s defense gave up an average of 28.2 points per game.

It’s clear that Evero is well respected in the NFL and is likely to become the head coach, but it’s just a matter of when.

It’s possible that Evero decided not to take the interim job knowing he’ll be a popular candidate in the off-season. There’s also a possibility that if Evero leads in the last two games and Denver loses both, he could have hurt him during interviews with other teams.



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