According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, defensive line coach Bill Kollar is heading to the Denver Broncos to be the defensive line coach.
Texans DL coach Bill Kollar headed to Broncos. Being reunited with Gary Kubiak.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 23, 2015
Kollar wanted to be closer to his two sons and grandchildren who live in Denver. He thanked Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien for letting him out of his contract even though it was a lateral move to Denver.
"It was a really nice thing OB (O’Brien) did to let me go to Denver," Kollar said. "I’ve got two grandsons there I really want to be around. Now I can spend more time with them. It was definitely a tough decision to leave the Texans. I had a great time coaching in Houston. We did some really good things. I really appreciate what OB did for me. I enjoyed working with him this season. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with Gary again. I want to thank him for giving me this opportunity to come to Denver."
This is a big hire for the Denver Broncos. Kollar played a significant role in the development of Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt. Kollar is also considered an elite coach by his peers. He should have an immediate impact on the Broncos defensive line players.
Kollar an enormous get for Kubiak ... Considered an elite coach by his peers ... His presence will help all of #Broncos D linemen...— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) January 23, 2015
One last thing about Koller, he wrestled a bear. Yes, you read that correctly.
Last April Koller was inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall Of Fame(who knew there was such a thing?), and he tells a story about how he once wrestled a bear. Read the story here.
The Broncos still do not have a defensive coordinator but appear to be choosing between Wade Phillips and Vance Joseph.
Yes, the Bengals did deny Joseph from joining the Broncos staff, but CBS4's Vic Lombardi says the Broncos are still negotiating with the Bengals. They are also looking into hiring Phillips, who served as a defensive coordinator under Gary Kubiak at the Texans from 2011-2013 and has been a successful defensive coordinator everywhere he has landed, including as Broncos' DC from 1989-1992.
Interestingly this news comes days after the Cincinnati Bengals denied defensive backs coach Vance Joseph from being promoted to defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. The Texans' allowed Kollar out of his contract to be closer to his children, and it wasn't even a promotion.