Denver Broncos: Coaching News and Notes
The Denver Broncos did not renew the contract of defensive backs coach Ron Milus and it’s not for the reason you think. The last-second debacle on Saturday certainly did not help but Milus was probably on his way out anyway. Mike Kils of the Denver Post reports that Milus often clashed with his players, and a change was coming well before Rahim Moore’s mistake that allowed the Baltimore Ravens to tie the divisional playoff game with 31 seconds left. The move was so expected that the Broncos announced the replacement for Milus minutes after his firing.
Cory Undlin takes over and is very familiar with the defensive system of coordinator, Jack Del Rio. He coached the defensive backs for the Jacksonville Jaguars under Del Rio. For those of you who did not watch a lot of Jaguar football; the defensive backs were known for their aggressiveness and ball skills. The secondary for the Broncos had a very good year but did not create a lot of turnovers. That will be a focus for both Del Rio and Undlin going into the 2013 season. Undlin is a better fit for the Broncos and it is a move that would have happened even if they had won the Super Bowl.
In other Broncos coaching news, the search for an offensive coordinator is on and there appears to be three leading candidates. The two outside names are former Arizona Cardinals head coach, Ken Whisenhunt and long-time Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore. Both would be excellent hires and, in my opinion, represent an upgrade over Mike McCoy who was hired as the San Diego Chargers head coach on Tuesday.
There is an in-house candidate, quarterbacks coach Adam Gase. Gase worked with Peyton Manning all season and Manning spoke highly of him. I still believe that the Broncos hire Whisenhunt or Moore but it would not be a shock if they promoted Gase from within. Whoever gets the job will have the Manning stamp approval.
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