This has been an offseason of Mile High proportions to be sure. Most of our attention has been on changes with player personnel and rightfully so considering the McJaygate saga, or I as I prefer to call it, “All My Children." But what about some insights concerning the staff?
First, of course is Jeremy Bates (QB, OC). I won’t even begin with the rehash of Jay demanding his retention, but it is my understanding that he is the QB coach for the U.S.C. Trojans. Fine. This is the position coach I am least worried about with the new staff considering that no matter who holds the official title it will be McDaniels regardless. I thought Bates was good or maybe Cutler was great - we will have to wait and see.
A Mile High Salute goes to Coach McDaniels for keeping Dennison and Turner (OL, RB coaches). As all Bronco fans are aware these two are capable, qualified, and talented coaches - although I must admit, I really like Coach Turner, and wasn’t a huge fan of Dennison as a special teams coach.
My only concern or question to ponder moving forward is this - how long will we be able to retain these two? Strangely enough, I have found myself in a similar situation, albeit at a much lower level. I am the head coach of a varsity football program and have hired and continue to employ assistants who are much older than me. This dynamic always presents a challenge. What are the aspirations of Coach Dennison and Coach Turner? We have all watched Dennison climb the “in house” coaching ladder moving from special teams to OL after the Gibbs departure. I believe Dennison has his heart set on an OC job eventually. Coach Turner?
Another challenging dynamic to the Bronco staff will be the cliques and communication that develops during the season. Will Dennison and Turner always be “Shanahan guys” trying to influence more of his style in the offensive game plan? Will they be comrades behind closed doors? On the positive side of this, I consider both to be Bronco Loyalists, but that will be tested if the ship doesn’t sail smoothly (losing some games early) and even more so when Shanahan lands a job next year in Dallas.
What was an incredible off season this year with players will be a momentous off season next year in the ranks of the coaching personnel.