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Broncos hire Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator

Broncos have reached an agreement with the former Bears secondary coach to be their next defensive coordinator.

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Vic Fangio continues to put together his staff. Mike Klis of 9News reported that Denver has finalized a deal with former Bears secondary coach, Ed Donatell to be the next defensive coordinator for Fangio’s new Broncos staff.

This move was one that was rumored and discussed ever since the Fangio hire, and is finally locked down. Ed Donatell has been with Vic Fangio for eight seasons, spanning San Fransisco and Chicago.

As Nicki’s tweet indicates, Donatell is already well acquainted with Denver’s winning culture as he won two Super Bowls as Denver’s secondary coach in 1997 and 1998 as part of a five year with Denver under Mike Shanahan.

Donatell is coming off a season where he helped Vic Fangio orchestrate the number one defense in the NFL, and his secondary specifically led the charge with 27 interceptions (five for touchdowns), six more than the next closest team.

As Fangio mentioned at his presser, he will remain the defensive play-caller, with presumably input from his longtime secondary coach, now defensive coordinator.

The coaching hires keep rolling in, and this looks like another strong one for the Broncos.