The Saints could have a big issue on their hands because of center Max Unger’s foot.
Unger recently underwent surgery to repair an injured foot, NFL Network reported, and will miss roughly five months, likely beginning the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Colorado Crush as we make a push for a playoff spot the second half of the season,” Jones said in a statement. “I plan to give it my all and I’m dedicated to the challenges ahead. My goals are to raise the quality of play and make the remainder of the season a success for our fans and front office.”
Jones had previously served as the Crush’s defensive coordinator before taking over the 2-6 team following the departure of head coach Jose Jefferson.
Jones, 44, a two-time All-American at Florida State, was selected fourth overall by the Jets in the 1993 NFL Draft. He spent his entire 11-year career in New York. He started 129 of 142 regular season games, recording 1,021 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions during his career.
The Colts once saw Allen as a top blocker and receiver to mesh with pure pass-catching tight end Coby Fleener in their double tight sets, but injuries contributed to Allen’s fade when Fleener moved on to the Saints in 2016. The Patriots noticed Allen suddenly was expendable for Indianapolis because of Jack Doyle, and New England pounced.
If healthy at 27 — three years younger than Bennett — Allen can produce like an ideal in-line complement to Gronk as both a field-stretcher and a finisher. There was a cap to what both Scott Chandler and Bennett could do as No. 2 tight ends in New England. Allen’s game has proved to provide a much higher ceiling.