When John Elway decided to move on from Vance Joseph as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, everyone knew change and upheaval was necessarily coming. It started with a week-long search for the next head coach that ultimately settled on Vic Fangio who was the defensive coordinator for the league-best defense of the Chicago Bears.
From there, it took some times to gather up all of the assistants with a speed bump along the way after Elway and Fangio came to an impasse with Gary Kubiak over offensive philosophy and assistant hires that led to Kubiak leaving Denver for the Minnesota Vikings.
The dust has all settled and we now have a brand new defensive-minded coaching staff to discuss with the Denver Broncos.
Fangio is one of the NFL’s most respected defensive minds and has coached some of the best defenses over the past eight seasons with both the San Francisco 49ers and Bears. His hiring signals that Elway is looking to retain the defensive greatness that led to their Super Bowl 50 title.
Kubiak’s departure opened the door for what Elway had hinted at all along, which was bringing in someone younger with a strong background in college concepts. The hiring of Scangarello is likely to be Elway’s biggest risk here, but with the NFL rapidly evolving it is a risk he had to make for this franchise. We’ll have to see how this one plays out.
- Mike Munchak - Offensive Line
- Curtis Modkins - Running Backs
- Zach Azzanni - Wide Receivers
- T.C. McCartney - Quarterbacks
- Wade Harman - Tight Ends
- Chris Kuper - OL Assistant
- Rob Calabrese - Offensive Assistant
Donatell was the Broncos defensive backs assistant during their 1997-98 Super Bowl runs and has been an assistant under Fangio for the past eight seasons. He has had two stints as defensive coordinator in the NFL already. His hiring was crucial for Fangio to be both the head coach and implement his brand of defense here in Denver.
- Bill Kollar - Defensive Line
- Brandon Staley - Outside Linebackers
- Reggie Herring - Inside Linebackers
- Renaldo Hill - Defensive Backs
- Nathaniel Willingham - Defensive Quality Control
- Chris Beake - Defensive Assistant
After the disaster under Brock Olivo’s leadership in 2017, the Broncos were pleased with McMahon’s turnaround with that unit. The explosive plays were not there in the return game, but until that fateful 99-yard return against the Oakland Raiders the unit was strong in defending against returns.
Special Teams Assistants
I am not sure how to analyze Landow’s performance in 2018. The team suffered many devastating injuries to its most important stars and after a time I began to miss Luke Richesson as it seemed like the Broncos remained relatively free of those terrible injuries when he was here, as did the Houston Texans during their playoff run in 2018. Hopefully, Landow improves the Broncos health throughout the course of a 16-game regular season in 2019.
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