Eagles lose Allen to Broncos

The Broncos have hired Saints assistant Dennis Allen to be their defensive coordinator, according to FoxSports.com.

Allen has been the only candidate the Eagles interviewed for their defensive coordinator vacancy thus far. They are now without a known candidate, although the team is expected to be after at least one assistant from one of the four final teams in the playoffs.

The Bears and Jets were eliminated on Sunday, but the Eagles do not appear to have requested permission to talk to any of either team's coaches -- at least not yet.

More than likely, the Eagles hope to interview an assistant on either the Packers or Steelers. They won't be able to until after the two teams play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.

The Eagles interviewed the 38-year-old Allen on Sunday. Eagles head coach Andy Reid and general manager Howie Roseman met with him at the NovaCare Complex. Allen has never been a coordinator before, but he is considered by some around the league to have a bright future.

Denver was thought to be after Green Bay defensive line coach Mike Trgovac because he once was the defensive coordinator for new coach John Fox in Carolina. Trgovac, though, said last week that he wasn't sure if he wanted to be a coordinator again.

Originally, Dick Jauron and Jim Mora were thought to be serious candidates for the Eagles' defensive post. But after Mora withdrew his name from consideration and Jauron took the Browns defensive coordinator job, Eagles sources revealed that neither was really in the running.

It's now been 12 days since Reid fired Sean McDermott after two seasons as the Eagles defensive coordinator.