The Denver Broncos, after letting Wade Phillips walk, will promote Joe Woods from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator, according to The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. When you look at the reasoning John Elway and Vance Joseph had for retaining Woods over Phillips, you begin to understand why that decision was made.
Per league source, Joe Woods will be named #Broncos defensive coordinator.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 15, 2017
Woods has had success everywhere he has gone in the NFL and was going to become a defensive coordinator somewhere and the Broncos wanted to make sure it was with them.
Prior to coming to Denver and turning an already talented secondary into the No Fly Zone it is today, Woods started out coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary to the #2 and #1 pass defenses in 2003 and 2004, respectively. From there he went to the Minnesota Vikings to fix a unit that was the worst pass defense in the league in 2006. It took four long years, but he turned that unit into a Top 10 pass defense too. Then, of course, his stint here in Denver molding this secondary in the league’s most feared unit.
All together, Woods has 25 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons as an NFL defensive backs coach with Denver (2015-16), Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05).
A big Mile High Salute to the new mastermind of the Broncos defense.