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Former NFL star Jared Allen helping coach Broncos pass rushers

The former All-Pro will serve as a guest coach for the Broncos throughout the season.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

The Denver Broncos have been blessed over the years with a tremendous amount of pass rushing talent. Fans are hoping Denver’s unit this year will continue to impress and help set the tenacious tone Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph is hoping for.

In order to help make that happen, the franchise has tapped former standout pass rusher Jared Allen to help coach the team intermittently throughout the season. That’s a win for the Broncos and also for Allen—who is hoping to earn a long-term role on the sidelines in the future.

“He’s one of the guest coaches. He’s in for a few days throughout the season, helping us with pass rush,” stated Head Coach Sean Payton after yesterday’s practice. “I told him he’s putting his toe in the water with coaching right now. He hasn’t jumped in the cold pool yet.”

Allen played twelve seasons in the National Football League and established himself as a household name early on his career after being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a four-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro-Bowler. Over the course of his career, he led the NFL in sacks twice (2007 and 2011) and finished his Hall of Fame worthy career with 136 sacks.

With that sort of track record and experience, Denver’s young core of pass rushers are blessed to be able to learn from one of the greatest to ever do it. They’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.

“Over the years, I got to know him really well. His name came up in the offseason, and he was interested. We spoke a number of times. He came in during the spring. We’ll have him kind of on a schedule here,” added Payton.

It’s certainly a bit of a shock to see Allen decked out in Broncos apparel, but I’m all about it. All us fans used to gather together to root against Allen when he played the Broncos, but now all of us have a shot at rooting for him.

What do you think Broncos Country? How do you feel about Allen getting some reps in as a coach and offering advice and tutelage to our pass rushers? Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think.

As always, thank you for reading. Here is a slate of stories for today’s edition of Horse Tracks.

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