<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:09:20 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Vikings shed OC Pat Shurmur's interim tag, hire 2 assistants]]> http://gazette.com/vikings-shed-oc-pat-shurmurs-interim-tag-hire-2-assistants/article/feed/440185?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vikings-shed-oc-pat-shurmurs-interim-tag-hire-2-assistants/article/feed/440185?custom_click=rss EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's interim tag has been shed by coach Mike Zimmer, a step toward stability for the team's offense following a tumultuous season.

The widely expected move was finalized Friday by the Vikings, who also fired quarterbacks coach Scott Turner and hired running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and tight ends coach Clancy Barone. Kevin Stefanski switched from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach to complete the shuffle.

Shurmur, who was hired as an overqualified tight ends coach last year, was the natural promotion when Norv Turner stunned the team Nov. 2 with his resignation as offensive coordinator.

With his father no longer around, Scott Turner

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]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:23:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Steelers hoping pressure blueprint can slow down Brady]]> http://gazette.com/steelers-hoping-pressure-blueprint-can-slow-down-brady/article/feed/440169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/steelers-hoping-pressure-blueprint-can-slow-down-brady/article/feed/440169?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Take it from Wade Phillips, slowing down Tom Brady is a goal often sought, but seldom achieved.

"Good luck," the new defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams said this week when asked about the difficulty of taking the Patriots quarterback out of his comfort zone. "He's good no matter what."

And that's coming from a guy who's had at least some recent success bothering Tom Terrific.

Brady enters Sunday's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 6-4 record in AFC championship games, including 4-1 at home.

But the constant in each of his losses has been when he's faced a defense that's managed to apply pressure up front and forced him into quick decisions in the pocket.

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]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:06:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Brock Osweiler and The (Very Real) Curse of the Former Bronco Quarterback]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-brock-osweiler-and-the-very-real-curse-of-the-former-bronco-quarterback/article/1594798?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-brock-osweiler-and-the-very-real-curse-of-the-former-bronco-quarterback/article/1594798?custom_click=rss

I'm sure we’ll agree on this:

Brock Osweiler is failing to soar to success in Houston. Fans cheered when he was pulled from a game. The Texans’ offensive coordinator just got fired, largely because of Osweiler’s struggles.

He’s been a bust.

And that’s the norm for former Bronco quarterbacks in the 21st century. Let’s call it The Curse of the Former Bronco Quarterbacks.

Gus Frerotte, Brian Griese, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Osweiler all started for the Broncos in this century, and all departed to start at least two game somewhere else. (Tebow started two games for the Jets in 2012.)

The quarterbacks have combined for 200 starts, with Cutler getting 102 of

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:29:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Bills agree to hire Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/bills-agree-to-hire-rick-dennison-as-offensive-coordinator/article/feed/440003?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bills-agree-to-hire-rick-dennison-as-offensive-coordinator/article/feed/440003?custom_click=rss ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Newly hired Bills coach Sean McDermott is placing his trust in former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison to oversee Buffalo's run-heavy attack.

And it might help, too, that Dennison has a connection to quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whose long-term future has been in question in Buffalo.

The Bills on Thursday announced an agreement to hire Dennison as their offensive coordinator. He has 22 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past two running the Broncos' offense.

Dennison fills a key role on the Bills' staff since McDermott was hired last week to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired in the final week of December. The 42-year-old McDermott is a defensive specialist in taking

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:10:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Wade Phillips eager to work for young boss McVay with Rams]]> http://gazette.com/wade-phillips-eager-to-work-for-young-boss-mcvay-with-rams/article/feed/439903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wade-phillips-eager-to-work-for-young-boss-mcvay-with-rams/article/feed/439903?custom_click=rss

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Wade Phillips has done just about everything in his four-decade NFL coaching career, so he wasn't exactly worried by the prospect of working for a head coach less than half his age with the Los Angeles Rams.

A week after 30-year-old head coach Sean McVay said the 69-year-old Phillips would be his defensive coordinator, their partnership finally was made official Thursday after Phillips signed his deal with the Rams.

"With Sean, between us, we're 50 years old and we've got 23 years of experience, so I think that'll work out all right," Phillips said with a laugh.

Phillips begins his 40th NFL season as a coach with the Rams, the 10th franchise to employ him.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:18:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Veteran NFL assistant coach Frank Bush joins Dolphins staff]]> http://gazette.com/veteran-nfl-assistant-coach-frank-bush-joins-dolphins-staff/article/feed/439971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veteran-nfl-assistant-coach-frank-bush-joins-dolphins-staff/article/feed/439971?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — Veteran NFL assistant coach Frank Bush has been hired as assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Darren Rizzi was promoted Thursday to associate head coach while remaining special teams coordinator, and Chris Kuper was promoted to assistant offensive line coach.

Bush has 32 years of NFL experience as a player, scout and coach. He spent the past four seasons as linebackers coach for the Rams.

Matt Burke , the Dolphins' linebackers coach in 2016, was promoted to defensive coordinator a week ago as the replacement for Vance Joseph, who left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Miami head coach Adam Gase has said he expects no other changes in his staff this offseason.
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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:28:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Patriots look to add to AFC title game streak over Steelers]]> http://gazette.com/patriots-look-to-add-to-afc-title-game-streak-over-steelers/article/feed/439906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriots-look-to-add-to-afc-title-game-streak-over-steelers/article/feed/439906?custom_click=rss PITTSBURGH (13-5) at NEW ENGLAND (15-2)

Sunday, 6:40 p.m. EST, CBS

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 4 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Steelers 11-7, Patriots 14-3

SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 15-14

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Steelers 27-17 at Heinz Field, Oct. 23

LAST WEEK — Steelers beat Chiefs 18-16; Patriots beat Texans 34-16

AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 5, Patriots No.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:07:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos’ Vance Joseph addresses sex-assault allegations from time at CU]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-vance-joseph-addresses-sex-assault-allegations-from-time-at-cu/article/1594700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-vance-joseph-addresses-sex-assault-allegations-from-time-at-cu/article/1594700?custom_click=rss

The day Vance Joseph was introduced as the Denver Broncos’ new head coach, his look ahead included a look back, as allegations from his past soon resurfaced.

Joseph was accused of sexually assaulting two female trainers while a defensive backs coach at Colorado from 2003-04. The allegations were investigated by a state task force that examined a recruiting scandal at the school. Joseph was not charged or interviewed as part of the investigation.

On Saturday, The Boulder Daily Camera published details it obtained from a 2004 Boulder Police Department report.

One of the two women involved said she did not want to press charges and the other declined to talk to police. As a result, the case was closed.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:06:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Analyzing the 6 best Denver Broncos quarterback options]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-analyzing-the-6-best-denver-broncos-quarterback-options/article/1594592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-analyzing-the-6-best-denver-broncos-quarterback-options/article/1594592?custom_click=rss

Romo or Rivers?

Siemian or Lynch?

Glennon or Taylor?

Which quarterback would lead the Broncos Back To The Bowl soonest?

Pause and ponder potential premium possibilities.

(No, not Chris Ponder.)

Who you got?

My preferences in order:

1) Philip Rivers

2) Tony Romo

3) Trevor Siemian

4) Mike Glennon

5) Tyrod Taylor

6) Paxton Lynch

Of course, you and I will have no say-so in the decision, and our endorsement won't matter a whit to the Four Horsemen - John Elway, Vance Joseph, Mike McCoy and Bill Musgrave - making the momentous decision.

The quintessential quarterback quandary is who can produce another Super Bowl victory, because 9-7 records without a

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:26:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Roethlisberger hoping to play up to Brady's "gold standard"]]> http://gazette.com/roethlisberger-hoping-to-play-up-to-bradys-gold-standard/article/feed/439785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/roethlisberger-hoping-to-play-up-to-bradys-gold-standard/article/feed/439785?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger intended for the moment to be private. The camera following him to midfield and the microphone tucked inside Tom Brady's shoulder pads ended up making that impossible.

Their brief exchange before Brady and the New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers in October provided a snapshot into a rivalry that never was. They bro-hugged. They lamented the left knee injury that forced Roethlisberger out the lineup on that warm late fall afternoon.

And then Roethlisberger made an uncharacteristic request : a signed Brady jersey to hang on the wall in Roethlisberger's home office next to Hall of Famers Dan Marino, John Elway and Jim Kelly.

"I consider him one, if not the best of all

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:45:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Versatile DB Micah Hyde emerges as Packers playoff playmaker]]> http://gazette.com/versatile-db-micah-hyde-emerges-as-packers-playoff-playmaker/article/feed/439759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/versatile-db-micah-hyde-emerges-as-packers-playoff-playmaker/article/feed/439759?custom_click=rss

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Micah Hyde, the Green Bay Packers' jack-of-all-trades in the secondary, is assuming another new role this season — playoff playmaker.

He is listed as a safety on the Packers roster, but really plays more of a slot cornerback role, at least when he's not needed to fill in on the outside against receivers.

Whatever Hyde is called upon to do, the fourth-year defensive back out of Iowa has found a way to make an impact.

Versatility has become an asset in Green Bay, in part because of injuries, but also as a way to help keep up with prolific passing attacks such as the one the Packers will face in Atlanta in the NFC title game on Sunday against the Falcons.

"Versatility for playmakers, defini

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:03:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Kyle Shanahan becomes last candidate in 49ers coach search]]> http://gazette.com/kyle-shanahan-becomes-last-candidate-in-49ers-coach-search/article/feed/439465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kyle-shanahan-becomes-last-candidate-in-49ers-coach-search/article/feed/439465?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The search for a new San Francisco 49ers coach has narrowed in on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after the only other candidate remaining pulled out of consideration.

Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable's agent, Doug Hendickson, tweeted Tuesday that Cable is "re-affirming" his commitment to the Seahawks and thanked the 49ers for their interest. That follows New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulling out on Monday and leaves Shanahan as the only remaining candidate.

The Niners can't hire Shanahan until the Falcons' season ends. Atlanta hosts Green Bay in the NFC championship on Sunday. If the Falcons win, the 49ers could request a second interview with Shanahan during

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:05:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos promote Joe Woods to defensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/1594553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/1594553?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Broncos coach Vance Joseph has promoted secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips, who left for the Los Aneles Rams.

Woods, 46, was in charge of the Broncos' "No Fly Zone" secondary that led the league in pass defense each of the last two years behind All-Pro cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart and nickel back Bradley Roby.

Woods has a quarter-century of experience coaching defensive backs including the last 13 seasons in Denver (2015-16), Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05).

Joseph said Woods "is ready for this opportunity" and "no one will outwork Joe."

Harris said, "If we had to lose

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:50:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Anthony Lynn expects Chargers to win now, no matter the city]]> http://gazette.com/anthony-lynn-expects-chargers-to-win-now-no-matter-the-city/article/feed/439472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anthony-lynn-expects-chargers-to-win-now-no-matter-the-city/article/feed/439472?custom_click=rss

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Lynn stepped to the podium under a brilliant sun Tuesday and immediately made the same verbal slip that everybody in Southern California will be making for at least a little while.

"I am so proud to be the head coach of the San Dieg- uh, LA Chargers," Lynn said. "Oops."

In truth, Lynn's mailing address might be the least important detail of his new job. The fiery coach says he is all about winning, and he saw a golden opportunity to do it immediately with the Chargers.

"We don't care where we play," Lynn said. "We'll play out here on the asphalt. We don't care. We just want to play football, and that's what we do.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:42:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos promote Joe Woods to defensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/feed/439400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-promote-joe-woods-to-defensive-coordinator/article/feed/439400?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The "No Fly Zone" gets to keep its pilot.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph on Tuesday promoted secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips, who left for the Rams.

Woods, 46, was in charge of the Broncos' stellar secondary that led the league in pass defense each of the last two seasons behind All-Pro cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., hard-hitting safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart and nickel back Bradley Roby.

Three of them — Talib, Harris and Stewart — will join linebacker Von Miller in the Pro Bowl next week in Orlando after Stewart was named as Eric Berry's replacement Tuesday.

"If we had to lose Wade, at least we get to keep Joe," Harris tol

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:08:50 -0700 <![CDATA[49ers coach search narrows, GM search expands]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-coach-search-narrows-gm-search-expands/article/feed/439240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-coach-search-narrows-gm-search-expands/article/feed/439240?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The search for San Francisco's new coach narrowed on Monday with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulling out of the running for the job, while the 49ers added more candidates for their general manager vacancy.

Shortly after McDaniels said he was no longer a candidate to replace the fired Chip Kelly in San Francisco, team CEO Jed York interviewed Seattle co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer later Monday for the GM job previously held by Trent Baalke.

McDaniels, who was the head coach in Denver from 2009-10, was considered one of the favorites to land the coaching job because of his success running New England's offense before deciding to stay with the

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:38:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Titans hire wide receivers coach, special teams assistant]]> http://gazette.com/titans-hire-wide-receivers-coach-special-teams-assistant/article/feed/439189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/titans-hire-wide-receivers-coach-special-teams-assistant/article/feed/439189?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have hired Frisman Jackson as their new wide receivers coach and Craig Aukerman as assistant special teams coach.

The Titans announced the moves Monday.

Jackson joins the Titans from Temple where he was passing game coordinator this past season and wide receivers coach the past two seasons. Jackson also coached at North Carolina State, Northern Illinois, Akron and Western Illinois.

Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie also coached Jackson when he was a wide receiver for four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Aukerman spent the past four seasons coaching the Chargers' special teams, the most recent as special teams coordinator, and has coached with the Jaguars

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:17:04 -0700 <![CDATA[McDaniels pulls name out of consideration for 49ers job]]> http://gazette.com/mcdaniels-pulls-name-out-of-consideration-for-49ers-job/article/feed/439187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcdaniels-pulls-name-out-of-consideration-for-49ers-job/article/feed/439187?custom_click=rss FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expressed appreciation for the opportunity to interview with the San Francisco 49ers but says for now he will remain in New England.

He said during a conference call Monday that the decision was what's "best for my family and myself" and that he will stay with the Patriots to focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the season "however it turns out."

McDaniels, who was a head coach with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010, interviewed with the 49ers during the Patriots' bye to open the playoffs. He also interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:54:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: Barack Obama's tenure has covered eight Denver Broncos coaches]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-barack-obamas-tenure-has-covered-eight-denver-broncos-coaches/article/1594380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-barack-obamas-tenure-has-covered-eight-denver-broncos-coaches/article/1594380?custom_click=rss

About the same time as Barack Obama was employed in his new job in 2009 in Washington, D.C., 11 other men were hired for leadership jobs in cities from New York to Seattle, Detroit to Denver.

Obama had the best run of the dozen. (Note: Not a political statement.) When he clears out his desk this week, he will have lasted longer in his position than the rest did in theirs.

He was president for eight years. They turned out to be NFL head football coaches for shorter spans.

And President Obama thought he had a tough crowd to please?

The others were fired or quit.

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Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:27:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Report: Broncos find replacement for Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/report-broncos-find-replacement-for-wade-phillips-as-defensive-coordinator/article/1594440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-broncos-find-replacement-for-wade-phillips-as-defensive-coordinator/article/1594440?custom_click=rss

Joe Woods, the air-traffic controller of the Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” secondary the past two seasons, will soon control much more. Woods, 46, will be named the Broncos’ defensive coordinator, according to an NFL source, taking over for Wade Phillips.

The Broncos’ coaching overhaul began in earnest last Thursday, soon after Vance Joseph was introduced as the team’s 16th head coach. Multiple staffers departed or were dismissed and Phillips, whose contract as defensive coordinator expired after the season, reached an agreement to take the same job with the Los Angeles Rams.

Phillips had to move on. And Woods was moved up.

Read more at denverpost.com.

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Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:19:03 -0700
<![CDATA[49ers interview Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable for head coach]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-interview-seahawks-ol-coach-tom-cable-for-head-coach/article/feed/439076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-interview-seahawks-ol-coach-tom-cable-for-head-coach/article/feed/439076?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line coach and former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable for their head coaching vacancy on Sunday.

Team CEO Jed York met with Cable as part of his search for replacements for fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke following a 2-14 season that tied the worst mark in franchise history.

Cable coached a line that has struggled this season in Seattle, but has helped the Seahawks develop a strong running game his first five seasons with the Seahawks. Seattle was knocked out of the playoffs Saturday with a 36-20 loss to Atlanta.

Cable has head coaching experience, having taken over as interim coach after Lane Kiffin was fired

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]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:28:08 -0700 <![CDATA[New Broncos coach Vance Joseph was accused of sexual assault while a CU assistant]]> http://gazette.com/new-broncos-coach-vance-joseph-was-accused-of-sexual-assault-while-a-cu-assistant/article/1594386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-broncos-coach-vance-joseph-was-accused-of-sexual-assault-while-a-cu-assistant/article/1594386?custom_click=rss

Vance Joseph, the Denver Broncos' new head coach, was accused of sexually assaulting two female trainers in 2003 while he was an assistant coach at the University of Colorado — allegations that were investigated by the state task force looking into the recruiting scandal that rocked CU in the early 2000s.

One of the victims of the alleged assault told Boulder police that she and her friend were "not the only women that VJ (Joseph) was getting in trouble for," according to a report summarizing a detective's 2004 interview with the woman.

Joseph was not arrested or charged in the case; one of the women declined to speak to police, and the other told detectives she didn't want to press charges.

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:34:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos hire Jeff Davidson to lead O-line's revival]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-hire-jeff-davidson-to-lead-o-lines-revival/article/1594373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-hire-jeff-davidson-to-lead-o-lines-revival/article/1594373?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The man charged with fixing the Denver Broncos' biggest bugaboo is new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

He was hired by new coach Vance Joseph on Saturday, following former Chargers coach Mike McCoy to Denver. McCoy was Joseph's first hire, replacing Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator.

Davidson, 49, worked on McCoy's staff in San Diego last season, when second-year running back Melvin Gordon had a terrific comeback season with 997 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 11 games.

Davidson has 22 years of coaching experience, including 15 years with the offensive line.

He replaces Clancy Barone, one of several offensive assistants whose contracts have been terminated since Joseph replaced Gary

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:35:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos land Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave as QBs coach]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-land-mike-mccoy-as-offensive-coordinator-bill-musgrave-as-qbs-coach/article/1594338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-land-mike-mccoy-as-offensive-coordinator-bill-musgrave-as-qbs-coach/article/1594338?custom_click=rss

The Broncos were adamant they had a plan to fix their offensive problems. On Friday, Denver signed two veteran play-callers to lead their offensive staff.

Denver announced Mike McCoy as its offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as its quarterbacks coach.

Both men were initially considered for the Broncos offensive coordinator position, but Denver quickly zeroed in on McCoy as their choice for that spot. The Broncos kept their interview with Musgrave Friday morning in an attempt to convince him to join the staff and work under McCoy, though other teams had interest in him as an offensive coordinator.

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:44:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Joseph begins overhauling Broncos coaching staff]]> http://gazette.com/joseph-begins-overhauling-broncos-coaching-staff/article/1594301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/joseph-begins-overhauling-broncos-coaching-staff/article/1594301?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Not even a year ago they were riding firetrucks through downtown Denver with the players to celebrate their Super Bowl 50 victory. Now, the Broncos' coaching staff is undergoing a major overhaul.

They'll have new offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators in 2017 to go with their new coach, Vance Joseph.

The Broncos have terminated the contracts of offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, O-line coach Clancy Barone and tight ends coach Brian Pariani. Those moves were widely expected even if Gary Kubiak hadn't abruptly resigned last week.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is reportedly finalizing a deal to join the Los Angeles Rams and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis was hired by the

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:43:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Report: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips going to the Los Angeles Rams]]> http://gazette.com/report-defensive-coordinator-wade-phillips-going-to-the-los-angeles-rams/article/1594246?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-defensive-coordinator-wade-phillips-going-to-the-los-angeles-rams/article/1594246?custom_click=rss

The Los Angeles Rams have signed now former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to a contract Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Phillips is credited with crafting the greatest defense in Bronco history, a cruel and mighty crew that carried a mediocre offense to Super Bowl supremacy just 48 weeks ago.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:45:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Overwhelming theme of Vance Joseph's underwhelming Broncos introduction was inexperience]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-overwhelming-theme-of-vance-josephs-underwhelming-broncos-introduction-was-inexperience/article/1594245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-overwhelming-theme-of-vance-josephs-underwhelming-broncos-introduction-was-inexperience/article/1594245?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Broncos players are going to love Vance Joseph the most.

It's not hard to see why. During the course of his introductory press conference at Dove Valley on Thursday, Joseph was at his best when the time came to greet a huddle of players at the front of the auditorium. He gripped their attention with an enthusiasm that screamed football, platitudes piled on platitudes, several of which he used to describe the attitude he hopes to cultivate around these hills: "swagger," "confidence," "team first."

So don't worry about the locker room. There, Joseph, 44, will be as good as advertised.

"We pay them. So they're going to do their job.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:47:19 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Can Vance Joseph, a defensive specialist, repair Denver Broncos' broken offense?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-vance-joseph-a-defensive-specialist-repair-denver-broncos-broken-offense/article/1594243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-vance-joseph-a-defensive-specialist-repair-denver-broncos-broken-offense/article/1594243?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Vance Joseph believes in the current version of the Denver Broncos. This belief ranks as a prime reason John Elway hired a 44-year-old with no previous head coaching experience.

"It's a football team that's not broken," Joseph said Thursday as he faced 100 members of the Colorado media.

Anyone who watched the 2016 Broncos knows he's wrong.

The defensive side of the Broncos roars with power. It's packed with elite talent. It's certainly not broken.

The offensive side is broken down. The offensive side is why the Broncos ended a five-season playoff run.

Over the season, the Broncos averaged 20.8 points to rank 22nd in the NFL, but those numbers are deceptively rosy.

In the last five games of

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DENVER - Once again, there was no Plan B.

Welcome back, Vance Joseph! How long have you known? The Broncos' job left behind by Gary Kubiak was always Joseph's to lose. A 44-year-old Southern gentleman and former CU quarterback, Joseph knocked their socks off with an interview in 2015. Call him the head-coach-in-waiting-two-years. When buddies are as tight as Kubiak and John Elway, one man's health is the other man's knowledge. Here's a hunch Elway had his guy right about the time Kubiak's health became an issue. "VJ as HC" sat at the top of his list.

The interviews with Falcons coordinator Kyle Shanahan (steakhouse rivalries run deep, apparently) and Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub (my preference, for what little

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Vance Joseph missed opportunities to win three Super Bowls with the Broncos.

Joseph's challenge is to win a fourth championship for them and, finally, one for himself.

Godspeed, Vance.

Generally forgotten is that Joseph was a Broncos player.


For one bright and shining training camp, Joseph wore the orange and blue armor in Camelot with Hall of Famers John Elway, Shannon Sharpe and Gary Zimmerman, and Terrell Davis, Rod Smith, Steve Atwater, Bill Romanowski and Gary Kubiak.

It was the conclusion of Joseph's playing career. But he appeared in old Mile High Stadium and produced a stat - one sack.

In 1997 Joseph was invited, as a free agent cornerback, by coach Mike Shanahan to Dove Valley.

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