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McDaniels Shies Away from Norm, Fills out Veteran Coaching Staff

January 21, 2009
Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels

On offense, McDaniels started by keeping Rick Dennison, the offensive line coach, and Bobby Turner, the running backs coach, who have 50 years of coach experience between them. Mike McCoy, the new Offensive Coordinator and second youngest member of the staff, has had nine years of NFL coaching experience, and has worked closely with Jake Delhomme in Carolina.

New receivers coach Adam Gase, the youngest member of the staff, has also had nine years of coaching experience, spending many years under the tutelage of offensive guru Mike Martz.

With these new hires, I believe McDaniels took the perfect approach to filling out his staff, siding with coaches with years of experience over young coaches who have not been in the game long. McDaniels, being only 32 years old, will benefit greatly from these coaches, as he will be able to learn from their experiences and lean on their success in rebuilding the Broncos. Only time will tell, but I believe young McD did an excellent job in filling out his first coaching staff as an NFL head coach.

On defense, McDaniels cleaned house, bringing in a new defensive coordinator and three new position coaches.Mike Nolan, the new DC, has 26 years of coaching under his belt, spending three of those years as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Wayne Nunnely, the recently imported defensive line coach, has been a coach for 33 years, spending the last 12 seasons as the defensive line coach of the San Diego Chargers. Linebackers coach Don Martindale, spend the last four years of his 23 year coaching career running the Oakland Raider linebacker corps. Ed Donatell, the new secondary coach, has 25 years of coaching experience, most recently as the DC of the University of Washington.

One Comment
  1. January 21, 2009 2:22 PM

    Welcome to the team Josh. Glad to have you! I agree totally, there is nothing worse than filling out a team with a head coach with lots of other young coaches. Apart from Mike McCoy the experience will really improve Josh McDaniels’ progress.

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