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Broncos land Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave as QBs coach By Cameron Wolfe Denver Post January 14, PDF

Broncos land Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave as QBs coach By Cameron Wolfe Denver Post The Broncos were adamant they had a plan to fix their offensive problems. On Friday, Denver signed
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Broncos land Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave as QBs coach By Cameron Wolfe Denver Post The Broncos were adamant they had a plan to fix their offensive problems. On Friday, Denver signed two veteran play-callers to lead their offensive staff. Denver announced Mike McCoy as its offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as its quarterbacks coach. Both men were initially considered for the Broncos offensive coordinator position, but Denver quickly zeroed in on McCoy as their choice for that spot. The Broncos kept their interview with Musgrave Friday morning in an attempt to convince him to join the staff and work under McCoy, though other teams had interest in him as an offensive coordinator. McCoy is expected to be the offensive play-caller although Musgrave would still have a significant voice in meeting rooms. Mike is an experienced play-caller who can build a system around our players, new Broncos coach Vance Joseph said in a statement Friday. It was our goal to find an offensive coordinator who has flexibility with his scheme, and Mike has done that as both a head coach and coordinator. He s had a lot of success in this league with many different styles of offense, including here with the Broncos. Mike will bring energy and creativity to our offense, and we re excited to welcome him back to Denver. McCoy spent the past four years as head coach at San Diego and before that was the offensive coordinator for the Broncos for four years. Musgrave spent the past two seasons as the Raiders offensive coordinator. His contract expired at season s end. He was Broncos general manager John Elway s backup quarterback in The Raiders (seventh) and Chargers (ninth) both ranked in the top-10 in scoring offenses this past season under Musgrave and McCoy, respectively. The Broncos had the 22nd ranked scoring offense this past season. In his former stint as the Broncos offensive coordinator, McCoy showed he was adept at working well with different styles of quarterbacks, from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. That strength falls directly in line with what Joseph was seeking in an offensive coordinator. I want coordinators who put players first and scheme second, Joseph said Thursday. If it s not for our players, let s not do it. The Broncos had the NFL s second-highest scoring offense in 2012, McCoy s last season as offensive coordinator. McCoy s offenses have finished in the NFL s top-10 in total yards in three of the past five seasons, Musgrave, a Denver Post Gold Helmet winner in 1985 for his quarterback play at Grand Junction High School, has been a quarterbacks coach and/or offensive coordinator every season since 1997 except 1998 when he was an Eagles offensive assistant. The Raiders went 12-4 this past season with quarterback Derek Carr s emergence as a star. Two veteran offensive coaching minds in McCoy and Musgrave will benefit Joseph in his first head coach job. Former Broncos quarterback coach Greg Knapp was relieved of his duties Friday morning, paving the way for Musgrave s hiring. The Broncos parted ways with their previous offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Thursday. Five offensive coaches have been dismissed at this time. Only one offensive coach, Tyke Tolbert, has been retained at this time. Running backs coach Eric Studesville, offensive assistant/quarterbacks Klint Kubiak and assistant receivers coach Marc Lubick have uncertain futures with the team. Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator Age: 44 Played QB at Long Beach State ( ) before transferring to Utah for final two seasons of college. Signed with Broncos as a college free agent in Seventeen seasons of NFL coaching experience. Broncos offensive coordinator San Diego Chargers head coach ( ). Spent nine seasons on Carolina s offensive staff ( ). McCoy s offenses have finished in NFL s top 10 three of last five seasons (373.3 yards per game). Coached eight offensive players to 10 total Pro Bowl selections. Helped Peyton Manning earn 2012 comeback player of the year in Helped revamp Denver s offense in 2011, with QB Tim Tebow. Broncos finished 2011 season ranked No. 1 with 2,632 rushing yards. Return of McCoy Mike McCoy was the Broncos offensive coordinator from and worked with four different starting quarterbacks. Here s a snapshot of the Broncos offensive performance those four seasons compared to the last two, including playoffs. (Stats via STATS, LLC) Starting QBs Chris Simms, Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch Record Points Passing yards (7.24 avg.) Rushing yards (4.16 avg.) (6.84 avg) (3.84 avg.) TDs per game Interception % Third down % Broncos looking young again, set interview with Derius Swinton for special teams coordinator By Nick Groke Denver Post The Broncos other coordinator position took form Friday after the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Joe DeCamillis to be their special teams coach and Denver responded by lining up possible replacements. Derius Swinton II, 31, the San Francisco 49ers special teams coordinator last season, interviewed with new Denver head coach Vance Joseph at Dove Valley on Friday for the same job, according to an NFL source. Swinton was with the Broncos in as an assistant special teams coach, after he was hired by John Fox to work under coordinator Jeff Rodgers. Swinton, who was with Kansas City in 2012, replaced Keith Burns in Denver. The Broncos entered the offseason with another year left on DeCamillis contract. But he left for Jacksonville after Joseph was hired to replace Gary Kubiak. The Jaguars were a wreck on special teams last season and showed a neediness for some experience. DeCamillis has been in the NFL for 28 years. Joe is a leader of men and a tireless worker who brings energy and knowledge, Kubiak said in a statement Friday. He is a championship-level football coach. The Broncos, on the other hand, have shown a willingness to skew young with their new coaching staff. Joseph was a career position coach in the NFL before his promotion to defensive coordinator in Miami last season, then another step up to the top job in Denver on Wednesday. Joe Woods, the Broncos defensive backs coach and a career positions coach, possibly is in line for a promotion to defensive coordinator. Swinton s rise, if it happens, would fit that pattern. He has also held assistants jobs with the Rams and Chicago Bears. Broncos QB coach Greg Knapp has been relieved of his duties By Cameron Wolfe Denver Post Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has relieved former quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Greg Knapp of his duties, a NFL source said. Knapp is the fifth known offensive coach that the Broncos have let go or parted ways with since Joseph was officially announced as head coach Thursday. Knapp, 53, spent the last four seasons as the Broncos quarterbacks coach. Joseph also decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, offensive line coach Clancy Barone, tight end coach Brian Pariani and offensive line assistant James Cregg on the offensive side. Denver receivers coach Tyke Tolbert is the only offensive coach that has been retained so far. The Broncos are expected to make more staff announcements soon. Mike McCoy is expected to become the Broncos offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave is interviewing with the Broncos Friday possibly for another position on the offensive staff. McCoy spent as the Broncos offensive coordinator before spending the past four seasons as the Chargers head coach. The future of running backs coach Eric Studesville is still uncertain. He received high reviews from players all season. Studesville interviewed for the Jets offensive coordinator position Thursday. Three Broncos offensive assistants jobs are up in the air at this point: Studesville, offensive assistant/quarterbacks Klint Kubiak and assistant receivers coach Marc Lubick. Tyke Tolbert will stay as Broncos receivers coach in 2017 By Cameron Wolfe Denver Post Broncos wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert is the first offensive coach to be retained by new head coach Vance Joseph. Tolbert turned down an offer from the Tennessee Titans to become their wide receivers coach in order to stay with the Broncos, according to a source close to the situation. Tolbert, who is entering his 15th NFL coaching season, has coached two 1,000-yard receivers for five consecutive seasons (Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas , Emmanuel Sanders, Thomas ). Sanders and Thomas became the seventh duo in NFL history to eclipse 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Thomas has the longest active streak of 1,000-yard receiving seasons with five. Both Sanders and Thomas said after the Broncos season finale that they would like to see Tolbert return. Tolbert has been the Broncos receivers coach since Through the passing game lows of Tim Tebow to the highs with Peyton Manning and back to the Broncos current quarterback situation, the Broncos receivers have remained consistent. The Broncos are expected to make more staff announcements soon. Mike McCoy is expected to become the Broncos offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave is interviewing with the Broncos Friday possibly for another position on the offensive staff. McCoy spent as the Broncos offensive coordinator before spending the past four seasons as the Chargers head coach. Joseph has decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, offensive line coach Clancy Barone, tight end coach Brian Pariani and offensive line assistant James Cregg, among others. The future of quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp and running backs coach Eric Studesville is uncertain. Both received high reviews from players all season. Studesville interviewed for the Jets offensive coordinator position Thursday. Tracker: Who s in, who s out on Vance Joseph s Broncos coaching staff By Nicki Jhabvala Denver Post After Vance Joseph was introduced as the Broncos new head coach Thursday, he quickly went to work building his staff. Here s a look who s coming, who s going and whose status remains unclear. (Note: This list will be updated as moves are made.) GONE Rick Dennison, offensive coordinator Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator (accepted same job with Los Angeles Rams) Joe DeCamillis, special teams coordinator (took same job with Jacksonville Jaguars) Clancy Barone, offensive line coach Greg Knapp, quarterbacks/passing-game coordinator Brian Pariani, tight ends coach James Cregg, assistant OL coach Tony Coaxum, assistant special teams coach NEW ON STAFF Vance Joseph, head coach (formerly Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator) Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator (formerly San Diego Chargers head coach) STAYING Tyke Tolbert, wide receivers coach LIKELY STAYING *Joe Woods, defensive backs coach *Reggie Herring, inside linebackers coach Bill Kollar, defensive line coach Fred Pagac, outside linebackers coach (*in consideration for defensive coordinator) INTERVIEWING Bill Musgrave, offensive coordinator (nearing deal to be Broncos QBs coach) Jeremiah Washburn, OL coach Derius Swinton II, special teams coordinator TO BE DETERMINED Eric Studesville, running backs coach (interviewed for Jets OC job) Samson Brown, assistant DBs coach Strength and conditioning staff: Luke Richesson, Mike Eubanks, Anthony Lomando, Dennis Love RETIRED Gary Kubiak, head coach Broncos finalizing McCoy, Musgrave offensive blockbuster By Mike Klis KUSA Now it makes sense. The Denver Broncos are working to finalize an offensive coaching staff blockbuster that will make Mike McCoy their offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave their quarterbacks coach, sources told 9NEWS. The contracts aren t finished yet, but both McCoy and Musgrave have spent the day at Broncos headquarters. McCoy has been here since Thursday morning. So that s how the hiring of Vance Joseph as head coach addresses the Broncos offense. And you were starting to doubt general manager John Elway? Joseph had 12 years of NFL coaching experience, and two years as a player, on the defensive side of the ball. Now that he s head coach, Joseph will lead his staff and players as a whole, while delegating most likely Joe Woods for the defensive play calling and McCoy for the offensive calls. The Broncos will mix both the McCoy offense he utilized here when he was offensive coordinator from , while keeping some of the West Coast principles former head coach Gary Kubiak and Musgrave were raised on. To make room for McCoy and Musgrave, Joseph informed holdover offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp they would not be retained. Musgrave, a former Gold Helmet winner from Grand Junction, was the backup quarterback to Elway in Musgrave started his coaching career in 1997 with the Oakland Raiders as quarterbacks coach and has bounced between several teams as QB coach and offensive coordinator in the 20 years since. Musgrave was the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator the past two seasons and was instrumental in the development of quarterback Derek Carr. The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns each had interest in Musgrave for their offensive coordinator positions but he opted instead for his roots and the challenge of fixing an offense that is salvageable. Current quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch both figure to benefit from the McCoy/Musgrave system that will be a little more creative with the passing and running game providing Elway fortifies the offensive line this offseason. The Broncos ranked a woeful 27th in the league in st in passing on yards per game and 27th in rushing with 92.8 yards per game. Most disturbingly, the Broncos did not make the playoffs in large part because of three consecutive losses in December in which they failed to score more than 10 points the franchise s first such scoring skid since In 2012, McCoy s last year in Denver, the Broncos ranked No. 4 in total offense on passing yards per game and 16th in rushing on yards per. Granted, the Broncos no longer have Peyton Manning at quarterback or Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno at running back. But they do have Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders at receiver and the return of a healthy C.J. Anderson at running back. And, perhaps, with a little coaching expertise from McCoy and Musgrave, other offensive players can make a name for themselves. Broncos hire Mike McCoy to run offense, reportedly add Bill Musgrave to staff By Jeff Legwold Newly hired Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph has said he wants an offense with swagger,'' and then Joseph showed a little swagger of his own to reel in the guys to help him with that task. The Broncos announced Friday they've hired Mike McCoy, the former San Diego Chargers coach, as offensive coordinator. Denver is expected to announce the hiring of former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach. Musgrave's hiring was first reported by 9News in Denver. That means the Broncos have two coaches who called plays for NFL teams this past season to guide the team's offense and work with quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. Siemian, who started 14 games this past season, just turned 25, and Lynch, who was the Broncos' first-round pick in April, just completed his rookie season. Both coaches have plenty of Broncos ties. McCoy was Denver's offensive coordinator for four seasons, including quarterback Tim Tebow's run as the Broncos' starter in 2011 and Peyton Manning's first season with the team in Musgrave was not retained by the Oakland Raiders despite the team's 12-4 finish and QB Derek Carr's breakout season. The coach is a native of Grand Junction, Colorado, and a former Broncos teammate of John Elway, Denver's executive vice president of football operations and general manager. The two hires seem to fit the profile of what Joseph said he was looking for in an attempt to upgrade the offense. The Broncos were 27th overall in total offense (323.1 yards per game), 22nd in scoring, 27th in rushing and 31st in third-down efficiency. When you play offense that's attacking, it kind of makes you careful of your (defensive) calls,'' Joseph said Thursday. When an offense is conservative, I loved it because I could be the attacker. But if an offense can be attacking, multiple personnel groups, multiple formations, that's what I want it to look like. I want to score points. I want offense with swagger, with tempo.'' The root of the Broncos' struggles was in the offensive line. Denver surrendered 40 sacks this season and allowed the quarterbacks to take far too much punishment. Siemian had surgery on his left (nonthrowing) shoulder after the season. Both McCoy and Musgrave will be charged with Siemian's and Lynch's development. Elway and former coach Gary Kubiak, who retired after the 2016 season, have both said they believe these two QBs can be starters in the NFL. And Joseph threw open the competition at quarterback this week with a simple whoever's better, plays.'' Both McCoy and Musgrave have called plays in offenses similar to the scheme the Broncos ran last season under Kubiak. As a result, the transition for Siemian and Lynch should be more efficient. Regarding Siemian and Lynch, Joseph said: [Siemian] had a fine year. I've watched the kid: He's smart, fast with the ball, he makes [few] errors with the football -- that's important. Obviously, Paxton's a big, strong guy with a big arm. It's two different guys. They're both young, they're both capable; it's going to be an open competition. That's going to make both guys better. Whoever's the best for our team, that's who is going to play.'' Wade Phillips' departure just part of Broncos makeover on coaching staff By Jeff Legwold Much like he would check in with the Denver Broncos' faithful from time to time on social media during the season, especially after a big win, Wade Phillips said his goodbye there as well. Phillips, whose contract was up with the Broncos, will be Sean McVay's defensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams. Phillips took to social media Friday to thank Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway, former coach Gary Kubiak, his players and the fans. Wade Thanks to John for bringing me,the Greatest staff,to Gary our leader,to the Best players ever and to The greatest fans. I will miss you Phillips also congratulated new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, who was an assistant with Phillips on Kubiak's Houston Texans staff. Joseph called Phillips one of my football dads Thursday and said he and Phillips usually talked three or four times a week. Wade Congrats to my friend Vance Great hire by John Elway.Don't worry about the D. Vance knows what I know,plus what he knows about Defense! Broncos secondary coach Joe Woods and linebackers coach Reggie Herring have each talked to Joseph about replacing Phillips as the defensive coordinator. Joseph has also interviewed Mike McCoy and Bill Musgrave to be offensive coordinator, and the team was close to a deal Friday for McCoy to be the playcaller. Since quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was not retained, it's possible the Broncos could still try to find a role for Musgrave even if McCoy is announced as the coordinator. Joseph also interviewed Jeremiah Washburn, who was with him on the Miami Dolphins' staff this past season, to be the offensive line coach. Overall, Phillips' departure was the most notable in what has turned into a full-scale makeover of the Broncos' coaching staff. Wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert has been retained. In addition to Herring and Woods, Joseph was also in talks with running backs coach Eric Studesville, defensive line coach Bill Kollar and outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac about staying. Studesville, who was retained by John Fox and then Kubiak the previous two times the Broncos changed head coaches, has talked to the New York Jets about that team's offensive coordinator position. Along with Knapp and Phillips, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, a former Broncos player and long
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