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Broncos hire Mike Shula to be their quarterback coach

With the move to Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, the Denver Broncos looked to his former OC, Mike Shula, to become their next quarterback coach.

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The Denver Broncos are loading up their coaching staff with experience and proven track record. The focus is about quarterback development and calling plays that score more points. On Tuesday, the team officially hired Mike Shula to be their next quarterbacks coach.

“Mike is a well-respected coach around the league, especially when it comes to developing quarterbacks,” Head Coach Vic Fangio said. “The familiarity he has with Pat [Shurmur] is an added bonus, but what’s most impressive is Mike’s proven track record coaching quarterbacks at many different stages of their careers. We’re fortunate to add someone with his depth of experience, coaching ability and unique perspective to our staff.”

Broncos President of Football Operations/GM John Elway sat down with Steve Atwater on January 22, 2020 to discuss all sorts of things, but the one that stood out to me was his comments about why they moved on from Rich Scangarello and hired Pat Shurmur to run the offense.

With the hiring of Mike Shula for the quarterback coach position, the Broncos again went with experience and a proven track record. He was critical to the development of Cam Newton, first as his quarterback coach in 2011-2012, and then as his offensive coordinator from 2013-2017. The rise of Newton culminated in their 2015 Super Bowl appearance for the Carolina Panthers and an MVP award for Cam.

He came to the New York Giants to be Pat Shurmur’s offensive coordinator and was crucial to the development of Daniel Jones as a rookie last season.

It sure seems like Head Coach Vic Fangio wanted to bring in the kind of coaching experience on offense that they already have on defense. With Drew Lock needing to take the next step as a pro quarterback, it should be good that he has two outstanding offensive minds to help him along.


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