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On This Day in Broncos History: January 1

Denver's First Head Coach


January 1, 1960 - Frank Filchock was named as the first-ever head coach of the Denver Broncos. Filchock came to the Broncos after a successful career as an NFL quarterback -- at the time of his hiring, he held the record for the longest pass play in NFL history (a 99-yard completion to Andy Farkas in 1939). He then played quarterback in the Canadian Football League. He went on to become a coach in the CFL, taking his teams to the playoffs in eight out of his nine years as a head coach. His offenses featured a variation of the Wing-T rushing attack and put an emphasis on the forward pass. Filchock went on to coach the Broncos from 1960 through 1961 and compiled a 7-20-1 record as their head coach.